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This course is an introduction to the economic analysis of demographic behavior and the economic consequences of demographic change. An important aim is to familiarize students with historical and contemporary trends in fertility, mortality, migration, and family composition, and the implications of these trends for the economy. The course demonstrates the application of microeconomic theory to demographic behavior, including fertility, marriage, and migration. Students are introduced to basic techniques of demographic measurement and mathematical demography. Selected topics include the economic consequences of population growth in developing countries, the economics of fertility and female labor force participation, the effects of an older age structure on the social security system, and the relationship between population growth and natural resources.
Format: lecture; Course will be remote and will include synchronous lecture/discussion, possibly combined with some asynchronous components.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
at least one exam, a research paper and a class presentation
ECON 251; POEC 253 or ECON 255 or permission of instructor
If overenrolled, students will be asked to submit a brief statement of interest.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHLH Social Determinants of Health
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses