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If your home town has polluted air, does that reduce your wage? Do you work less? Are you less likely to finish high school? These are specific instances of an important general question: how does pollution affect labor market outcomes? The answer matters for individual decisions (where to live) and government policies (air pollution regulations). This seminar begins from theories of optimizing worker behavior in the presence of pollution. Building on this foundation, we will critically evaluate new empirical research into the impacts of pollution on human capital, labor supply, and productivity. We will also study the impact of pollution regulations on wages and employment. Included papers will cover both developed and developing countries.
Format: seminar; Seminars and office hours will take place on Zoom
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
class discussion, presentation of reading, paper replication, 15- to 20-page empirical paper (written in stages) and accompanying short presentation
ECON 251 and ECON 255; STAT 201/346 acceptable in place of ECON 255 prerequisite with instructor permission
Economics majors, seniority
ENVI Environmental Policy
PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses