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Name Student ID number Instructor: Ronald Lee University of California, Berkeley March 10, 2009 Departments of Demography and Economics Demography/Economics C175 Midterm Examination Please answer all parts of all questions, using the spaces on the examination itself, and writing on the back of the paper if necessary. On every page of the exam, write your name and SID. You may spend up to 60 minutes on the exam. There are 52 points possible. The possible points are indicated in front of each question, and this is also roughly how many minutes you should spend on each question, which will leave you with eight extra minutes. Make sure you completely label any diagrams you present. Ronald Lee March 10, 2009
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Name Student ID number I. Short Answer Questions 1. (1 pt.) During which period did immigration contribute the greatest proportion to the U.S. population growth rate? a) 1850-1860 b) 1900-1910 c) 1950-1960 d) 1990-2000 2. (1 pt.) The spike in immigration recorded in the late 1980s through the very early 1990s is due to: a) Abolishment of the quota system which allowed family members abroad to immigrate. b) Demand for low-wage workers to fill jobs that Americans had become too educated to fill. c) A program which provided amnesty for illegal immigrants who were already here. d) Two of the above. 3. (2 pts.) How has immigrant educational attainment changed relative to that of natives since 1960? (Briefly discuss both levels and trends) 4. According to Borjas, how have the earnings of immigrants changed relative to those of natives over the decades since 1960? a) (1 pt.) At time of entering the US? b) (1 pt.) In the years following entry? 5. (1 pt.) According to the standard labor supply model, a backward bending labor supply schedule is a) Impossible given rational choice theory. b) More likely to occur when women’s wages rise than when men’s wages rise. c) More likely to occur when men’s wages rise than when women’s wages rise. d) A theoretical possibility but never observed in practice. e) A feature of only the highest income countries. Ronald Lee March 10, 2009
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Name Student ID number 6. (1 pt.) Suppose that the tax rate on both husband’s and wife’s earnings is raised. What happens to the labor supply of the wife? a)
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