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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.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
short writing assignments, computer lab exercises, oral presentations, and a 15- to 20-page research paper including original empirical analysis (written in stages)
ECON 251 and 255 or equivalent
senior Economics majors
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course