This course is an introduction to labor economics with an emphasis on applied microeconomic theory and empirical analysis. Topics to be covered include: labor supply and demand, taxes and transfers, minimum wages, immigration, human capital, creativity over the lifecycle and unemployment. For each topic we will describe the basic economic framework used in the analysis, analyze associated cases of study and drawn conclusions about what we have learned. Most of the examples will be taken from U.S. labor data and special attention will be given to randomized trials and experimental methods to infer causality.
We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.