This course examines the distribution of income in the U.S., with emphasis on how it is affected by taxes, transfers, and other government programs.Questions to be addressed may include the following: How have wage inequality and the skill premium evolved over time? What factors explain a rising skill premium? How does income differ with race and gender? How is poverty measured, and what are the factors associated with living in poverty? How do government programs change the distribution of income? How much income mobility is there across generations? Students will become more critical readers of current economic literature, and will apply their skills in conducting empirical research.
The Class: Type: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments, computer lab exercises, oral presentations, and a 15- to 20-page research paper including original empirical analysis (written in stages)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and 255 or equivalent
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course