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University of Minnesota Department of Economics Econ 4531 - Spring 2011 Instructor: Daolu Cai Office: 3-125 Hanson Hall Office Phone: 612.626.9248 Office Hours: See website Email: cai@umn.edu Website: www.econ.umn.edu/~cai Email is the most efficient way to reach me. Please include the subject and your full name . Please allow up to 24 hours for a reply (with the exception of weekends). I usually respond on time. If you don’t hear back from me, please don’t hesitate to resend me an email. 1. Course Description Labor economics, broadly defined, is the study of why people work, how much they decide to work, and how labor markets function. In this course, we will study theory of unemployment, migration, and household allocation. We will cover topics such as time allocation, labor force, labor market institutions, wage theory, unions, collective bargaining, and some aspect of public policy. 2. Prerequisites Class prerequisites are Econ 3101, 3102 (or equivalents). I expect that you have knowledge of calculus and some simple software to organize data (Excel, Stata, Matlab and others). If you are not comfortable working with this software, working as a team with your classmates will help a lot. I will not be able to teach you how to use those packages.
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