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Econ 262p - POPULATION ECONOMICS

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Department of Economics UCLA Professor V Joseph Hotz 8351 Bunche Hall Email hotz econ ucla edu Spring Quarter 2007 10 45 a m 12 noon MW 9384 Bunche Hall Office Hours M 2 00 4 00 p m Course Website http www econ ucla edu hotz e262p 07S Economics 262P Topics in Labor Economics Goals This course will consider two related but distinct topics During the first part of the course we will examine the literature on Treatment Effects aka Causal Inference aka Program Evaluation We will characterize The Selection Problem i e that due to the fact that agents are optimizers or at least purposeful decision makers their actions and the effects of those actions on others are endogenously rather than exogenously determined That is agents select their actions Selection complicates our ability to make inferences about the causal effects of treatments whatever they may be We will consider this problem examining both experimental and non experimental strategies for dealing with selection I will focus on the ideas behind these various methods rather than the formal properties of alternative methods We will examine a number of empirical studies that these methods and critically assess their appropriateness The second topic I will consider which will take up the roughly the second half of the course will be a very close look at the Roy Model The Roy Model is an important formulation of the Selection Problem It is a model that is at the heart of many models in modern labor economics as well as other fields in microeconomics We will spend a number of lectures carefully analyzing the Roy Model its empirical implications and its empirical content We will then consider some notable applications of Roy Model namely schooling and job choice migration and wage determination in a multi sector economy Course Requirements The course will be a mix of lecture discussion and student presentations I will provide you with an introduction and overview of the various topics we will consider in my lectures In



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