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University of California, Davis Dr. Janine L.F. Wilson Department of Economics Fall 2009 Economics 151A ECONOMICS OF THE LABOR MARKET Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:10pm-4:30pm Wellman 230 CONTACT INFORMATION DISCUSSION SECTIONS Office: 1139 Social Sciences and Humanities Building Time: A01: T 7:10-8:00pm in Hutchinson 102 A02: T 8:10-9:00pm in Hutchinson 102 Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistants: Jessamyn Schaller Office Hours: TR 2:00-3:00pm (and by appointment) Office: 111 Social Sciences and Humanities Building Course Website: http://my.ucdavis.edu Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will cover the following topics: 1. Labor Supply Theory 2. Labor Demand Theory 3. Determination of Wages and Employment in the Labor Market 4. Economic Theories of Labor Unions 5. Compensating Wage Differentials Students will receive an understanding of the traditional economic models relevant to the study of the labor market. COURSE PREREQUISITES The prerequisite for this course is Intermediate Microeconomics (Economics 100 or 104). In presentation and testing of the course material, I will also assume that you have background in calculus (Mathematics 16A-16B or 21A-21B) and in statistics (Statistics 13 or 32), which are required courses for the economics major. You should have passed all of these courses with a grade of C- or higher. READINGS Required text: George J. Borjas, Labor Economics (2 nd , 3 rd , 4 th or 5 th edition), Irwin McGraw-Hill. Further Reading : Additional readings can be downloaded from http://www.jstor.org , provided that you are using a campus computer or the library proxy service (go to http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/proxy/ for details) when you are using an off-campus computer. Exact links to papers will be listed on the course website. These are recommended readings. In particular, all that you are required to know from these articles will be covered in lecture or discussion section. However, an understanding of these readings will be more thorough if you read these articles yourself.
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