Economic Demography

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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 1 1. Admin, Overview, Theory of Marriage Econ/Demog 275.10 Economics of Population Ronald Lee
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 2 Email addresses Syllabus bSpace
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 3 Format of Course Lectures No exams Some short student presentations on extra readings –two per student over the term. I may pose various questions from time to time for which you will be asked to write short and informal responses, to be done outside of class and posted to an appropriate part of the bSpace website. Research Paper (can be coordinated with other courses or with dissertation work, prospectus, or other requirements) Lots of good data sets are available Sometimes leads to dissertation topics Can get Demography computer accounts if desired Due on Wednesday, May 5 (last day of class).
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 4 Format (cont.) Readings – there are lots in syllabus, but mostly for reference purposes. Generally a couple per week to read carefully, then more to browse, read abstracts. * marks the required readings. ** marks those to read really carefully. # are to read the abstract, get the main idea. All are posted on bSpace. No readings on reserve; all on bSpace or internet.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 5 No class on Wednesday, April 14. Population Association Meeting. Those not attending should work on your papers.
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 6 Content of course: Topics Economics of the Family: Marriage and Fertility Economics of Marriage Economics of Fertility Causality Principles of causal inference Examples from economic demography Biology, Genetics and Economic Demography Genetic relatedness and economics of the family Evolutionary forces shaping the life cycle Biomarkers in modern surveys and behavior Health and Mortality Socioeconomic differentials in mortality, and direction of causation Theoretical Models and their Estimation Fiscal Consequences of Population Aging: Pensions and Health Care Demographic Aspects of Life Cycle and Household Demographic Composition and Household Behavior Intergenerational Transfers at the Family Level CONTINUED
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 7 Topics (cont.) Population and the Macro Economy Population Aging and Intergenerational Transfers The Demographic Transition, Savings, and Economic Growth Looking for a natural experiment. Cross-national studies. Population Growth, Human Capital, and Economic Development Economic Consequences of Immigration Immigration, wages of natives, employment Fiscal impact of immigration
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Ronald Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 8 Three readings for next time: ** read carefully,* required, #skim or note *Ronald Lee (2003) “The Demographic Transition: Three Centuries of Fundamental Change,” Journal of Economic Perspectives v. 17, n. 4, Fall 2003, pp.167-190.
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