Course Detail

Topics in Labor Economics (33918)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Mountjoy, Jack Notowidigdo, Matthew Sarsons, Heather
  • Content
    This course studies topics in labor economics, surveying both recent theoretical and empirical work in the field. The topics will build on core topics in labor economics and will survey recent work on gender discrimination, racial discrimination, gender and racial gaps in labor market outcomes, applied econometric tools in the economics of education, inequality, organizational economics, and minimum wages.
    • Lectures

    • Discussion

  • Prerequisites
    First-year micro theory, especially game theory and basic theory of consumer/producer demand. The problem sets will involve some statistical programming (in the language of your choice), and we will try to make these assignments both useful and challenging. In our experience, the programming/statistical part is more challenging for students than the math.  PhD students only: strict.
    • PhD - students only

  • Materials
    There is no assigned textbook. All assigned readings will be recent papers.
    • Canvas Site Available

  • Grades

    Grades will be determined by the following formula: 

    Percent of Final Grade
    Referee Reports 25%
    Problem Sets 50%
    Final Exam 25%

    • Graded homework assignments

    • Allow Provisional Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

    • Early Final Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

    Assessment & Testing
    • Midterm

    • Final exam (in class)

    • Class meets Finals Week

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2022Section: 33918-50M 9:00AM-12:00PMHarper CenterC04In-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: February 9 2022