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Econ 147: Economics of Human Resources Christina Gathmann Spring 2006 Department of Economics Lecture: MW 1:15-3:05pm Landau Economics Building #331 Room 200-305 Phone: 736-0480 Office Hours: [email protected] Tuesday 4-5pm Overview Income and education levels have risen dramatically in many developed countries over the course of the 20 th century. The record is more mixed in developing countries. Many experts however believe that lack of education is a key factor for the slow economic growth in parts of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. This course evolves around the determinants and consequences of investments in education and more broadly “human capital”. We will analyze questions such as: do less educated people commit more crime? Do immigrants take jobs from natives? Why is there child labor? Does education affect your health? Will children of poor parents be themselves poor? The class will consist of two parts: we will first study an important economic mechanism or simple model. In the second part, we will apply the theoretical concepts to an empirical application. This will give you a real-world flavor and help you understand the theoretical concepts and their limitations. I expect you to actively participate in the class discussion and ask a lot of questions. The course builds on the concepts learned in Econ 50 and applies the methods taught in Econ 102B. I advise you to review the material from Econ 50 and Econ 102B thoroughly. You are expected to know and be comfortable with quantitative methods such as total differentiation and regression analysis. We will use them extensively during the course. Course Readings I have prepared a course reader of the required readings, which you can purchase from the university bookstore. There is no required textbook for the class. I recommend Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Robert S. Smith, Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy , Addison Wesley, 9 th edition, 2006. We will use some chapters for this class. It is also the required text for Econ 145: Economics of Labor, which some of you may have taken. Course Website The course website is at:
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The website will have the most up-to-date information about our schedule. I will use announcements to remind you of special dates. The website will also contain materials such as problem sets, solutions to problem sets and additional readings. In order to use CourseWork you need to register for it by going through the steps on the CourseWork homepage. If you have registered for CourseWork before, you do not need to do it again. To access the course website, you need to login. Once you are logged in, you may or may not see Econ 147 listed as one of your courses. If you have not registered for the course through Access, you can manually add Econ 147 to your course list. This is however no substitute for registering for the class. To officially register, you must go through Axess. Office Hours
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