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ECG (Graduate Economics)
530
032300
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Topics in Labor Economics
Topics Labor Economics
Poole College of Management
Economics (20EC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ECG 590Spring 20153
ECG 590Spring 20106
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
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Melinda Morrill
Assistant Professor
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Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisites: ECG 505 and ECG 561
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course covers topics in labor economics including labor supply, labor demand, human capital, household production, discrimination, and immigration. The course textbook will be supplemented with readings from academic research papers. Students will learn how empirical research evaluates the predictions of economic theory and the impact of public policy. Students will gain an understanding of how to read and critique empirical research by applying the theory and measurement techniques developed by economists.

Labor economics is a major subfield of economics. Currently courses are offered at the Ph.D. and undergraduate level. The proposed course fills a gap in our current offerings at the Master’s level. The proposed course provides an accessible and rigorous treatment of basic labor economic theory and applications to public policies. Students will be exposed to academic research as well as rigorous analysis of contemporary policy issues.  Overall, students at the masters level will learn to evaluate and interpret research in labor economics.  This course is distinguished from the doctoral level labor economics course in that the doctoral course is focused on training students to conduct original research in the area of labor economics.  Masters students are prohibited from enrolling in the doctoral level offering except under special circumstances.


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Dr. Morrill will offer this course part of her regular courseload. No new resources will be required.

Students will learn fundamental theories governing the labor markets.

Students will learn how labor market theories are applied more broadly to study human behavior.

Students will learn how academic research is conducted and will gain an understanding of how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of academicresearch.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

1. Analyze how public policies affect both labor supply and labor demand.

2. Define how omitted variables and selection can bias measured relationships in data.

3. Apply knowledge of omitted variable bias and selection to the identification of causal relationships.

4. Interpret and critique research that attempts to identify causal relationships.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment102 problem sets, 5% each
presentation20in class presentation
Midterm35midterm exam
Final Exam35a final paper may be accepted in lieu of final exam
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introductory materials2 weekstextbook chapters 1&2: overview of the labor market; review of econometrics
labor demand3 weeksTextbook chapters 3-5; journal articles
labor supply2 weeksTextbook chapters 6-7; journal articles
compensating wage differentials1 weekTextbook chapter 8; journal articles
retirement2 weeksjournal articles
sustainability1 weekjournal articles
human capital1 weektextbook chapters 9 and 10
discrimination2 weekstextbook chapter 12; journal articles
midterm exam.5 weekmidterm exam
final exam.5 weekfinal exam
mlnosbis 10/12/2015: How is this different from ECG 731? Are masters students restricted from taking 731?
ghodge 10/13/2015 Same title at ECG 730 Labor Economics. How does this differ? Do you also need to edit ECG 730? Course length of 14 weeks is too short without some explanation. I changed it to 15. Edited student learning outcomes. Course syllabus needs editing. Sections are missing. Need to include grade scale for the course not the university GPA scale. Return to department for revisions.

ghodge 1/7/2016 Edits made to course action form and syllabus. Ready for ABGS reviewers.

mlnosbis 1/8/2016: Updated workflow to include routing through CALS, as requested by DGP. Will continue with Administrative Board review after approved by CALS.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-no comments

ghodge 2/6/2016 ready for ABGS
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