ECON 465
Pollution and Labor Markets Spring 2023
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3717
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, presentation of reading, paper replication, 15- to 20-page empirical paper (written in stages) and accompanying short presentation
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255; STAT 201/346 acceptable in place of ECON 255 prerequisite with instructor permission
Enrollment Preferences: Economics majors, seniority
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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