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Unformatted text preview: UPDATED Syllabus Economics 404: Economics of the Population Spring 2011 Nancy Qian Department of Economics Yale University 27 Hillhouse Ave. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:45pm OfFce Hours, Tuesday 1:30-3pm or by appointment Purpose of class The main purpose of this class is to provide a sense of the scope of topics and techniques used in frontier research related to population economics. In the context of the papers we study, we will re-enforce our understanding of econometrics and learn about causal identiFcation. To do this, you will replicate papers using Stata, referee new economic research papers, and learn about papers in the context of the most closely related papers so that we can see where the Feld stands today. **UPDATED** There are no Classs by the professor in this course. Each class is a graduate-level reading group where students read the papers in depth and discuss the details of the techniques used in the paper, the pros and cons, and the extent to which the existing papers have answered the questions of interest. Towards the end of the semester, students will present their own original research. Requirements and grades **UPDATED** Students will present papers and the literature critically throughout the semester. These presentations will sum to be 40% of the grade. At the end of the semester, an advanced empirical paper will be handed in, with 50% of the grade. This paper needs to have an original question, use data and the empirical methods of this course. An example is the Frst half of the Duo paper on Indonesian Schooling (the Frst stage and reduced form estimates, up to page 22). Students will be responsible for collecting the data. (It needs not be original data). 10% of the grade will be based on participation in the discussions led by other students. There will be several ungraded problem sets where you replicate papers using Stata. Prerequisites: Introductory and intermediate micro economics are required. Under- graduate econometrics and graduate micro and econometrics course are recommended. Reading List: Starred readings are REQUIRED for ALL Classs. We will study a few papers in great detail. You are expected to have read these papers and be able to discuss them in class. There are other papers listed in the syllabus that are of interest. Some of these are mentioned in the Classs and some are not. They are provided as a reference for those that wish to further explore a particular topic, but the syllabus does not provide a comprehensive list of relevant papers for any area. There are several books that are useful as references: Deaton, Angus. The Analysis of Household Surveys: A Microeconometric Approach to Development Policy. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press (Published for the World Bank), 1996....
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