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Economics (ECON)

ECON 436W (US) Economics of Discrimination (3) Analysis of the economic characteristics of women and minorities, with examination of race and sex discrimination and related government policies.

ECON 436W Economics of Discrimination (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course constitutes an examination of the economics of discrimination. More precisely, the course will focus on economic theories of discrimination and on efforts by economists to measure the extent of labor market discrimination. An important objective of the course is thus to learn how economists conceptualize and study discrimination. This, in turn, requires that we examine how economists view and study economic differences by race, ethnicity, and gender (these are the types of discrimination that will be focused on in the course, although we will also consider other types of discrimination). Following the existing economic literature, much of our emphasis will be on labor market discrimination, but we will also consider discrimination in education and in housing. The first substantive section of the course outline below involves examination of data on the economic characteristics of women and blacks in relation to white males, considering both the current situation and recent trends. Data on Hispanics will also be presented. This work will be done by the students, working in groups. We will look at how mainstream economists conceptualize economic differences by gender and by race/ethnicity, respectively. Then we will focus on formal models of discrimination and empirical issues in attempting to measure discrimination, and we'll also examine an alternative approach to understanding economic inequality. The concluding section of the course will examine public policy issues related to discrimination. The course will count toward either a major or a minor in economics, and will meet the writing requirement for students in economics.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: ECON 302 orECON 315

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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