ECN 250A: Labor Economics
This is a second-year PhD course that explores the contemporary evolution of the employment and wage structure, the scope for public policy to remedy labor market imperfections, the economics of job search and job loss, and the margins through which local labor markets adjust to shifts in labor demand.
Beyond our substantive analysis of labor markets, we also discuss practical aspects of the research process: what to look for when reading a paper, how to generate ideas, how to create effective figures and tables, and how to structure a paper.
Selected lecture materials
|1–2||[Notes]||Static labor demand|
|3||[Slides]||[Notes]||The college wage premium and the “canonical model”|
|4||[Slides]||[Notes]||Skill-biased technical change|
|5||[Slides]||[Notes]||Tasks, polarization, and the future of work|
|6||[Slides]||[Notes]||Amenities, sorting, and compensating differentials|
|7||[Slides]||[Notes]||Market concentration and monopsony power|
|9||[Slides]||The minimum wage: part I|
|10||[Slides]||The minimum wage: part II|
|11||[Slides]||Inter-firm wage differentials|
|12||[Slides]||[Notes]||Joblessness and job search|
|15||Labor market seasonality|
|17||Alternative work arrangements|