Labor and Family Economics


Bridges gap between economic theory and real world data by giving students guided experience in answering real research questions using real data, drawing examples from the literature. Oral presentations and written summary/critiques of published papers in a workshop setting. Students work with cross-section and panel data sets, with the aim of learning to manage such data and give credible answers to research questions by coping with problems such as omitted variable and selection bias, unobserved differences across agents, and endogeneity. Research questions drawn from labor, family, and public economics. Pre-requisites: ECON205D and 208D. One course.

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