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This course provides an economic analysis of the market for workers (the labor market). Students will analyze the determinants of labor supply and labor demand. Topics include educational and training investments, occupational choice, worker mobility, pay and productivity, wage structure, income inequality and policy issues such as labor shortages, the effects of minimum wage on employment, the labor effects of outsourcing, economic analysis of unemployment, the impact of welfare policy on labor supply and demand and the role of unions. We will also discuss current labor issues related to occupational health and safety, changes in trade unions, levels of unionization and immigration.
Important Note: A student who is blind must contact the Office of Collegewide Disability Services before registering for this course.
Prerequisite: Introductory microeconomics or equivalent knowledge. Knowledge of labor history and/or economic issues facing unions today is helpful, but not required.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.
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