Labor Economics: Understanding Inequality

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In this course we study many of the most up-to-date topics in labor economics, both from a theoretical and empirical point of view. The objective is to study various aspects of inequality—wage inequality, wealth inequality, market power, employment inequality, and household income inequality—and understand their trends over time and underlying sources. We analyze the role of technological change and automation, of education and skills, of worker-job sorting and marriage sorting, and of search frictions that prevent the labor market from working efficiently. Emphasis is on understanding theoretical concepts and several workhorse models in labor economics to analyze sources and changes of inequality with rigor; and on complementary data exercises, using the statistical software Stata, to apply theories to practice.

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Ilse Lindenlaub
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Ilse Lindenlaub
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TTh 9.00-10.15
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