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Labor Economics

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.

Course Code

ECON 24000

Section

91

Eligibility

UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates

Subject(s)

Economics

Class Day(s)

Tues Thurs

Class Start Time

9:00

Class End Time

12:00

Primary Instructor

Julio Elias

Session(s)

Session I

Start Date

End Date

Requirements

  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Prerequisite: ECON 20100 and 21000.
  • Students must have taken multivariate calculus and an intermediate level course in microeconomics to succeed in this course.
  • This course is not open to HS students.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,085 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.