ECON 590: Topics in Economics: Labor Economics

In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the labor markets and the economic forces affecting the labor market. Labor markets are unique in that the commodity being exchanged, labor services, cannot be separated from the individuals producing it. Thus, nonpecuniary issues such as working conditions and individual characteristics of market participants such as personalities and individual preferences, will have a much greater impact on transactions made in the labor market than elsewhere. Numerous factors affecting the labor market will be discussed, including the effects of minimum wages, mandated benefits, taxes, transfer programs and education. Labor market outcomes and issues such as inequality and intergenerational mobility will also be discussed.

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Term: This is a Full Semester course. Participants may register for one Full Semester course OR one course each in Fall I and Fall II.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of algebra and graphing fundamentals, licensed to teach secondary economics in Indiana

Valparaiso University

Semester: Fall 2024 – Full Semester

Instructor: Sedefka Beck

Graduate Credits: 3

Format: Online Asynchronous

Dates: 8/21/24 – 12/13/24

Graduate Certificate Available: Yes

Master’s Completion: View Options for Economics

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