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Jobs, Technological Change, and Globalization
ECON 215
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

Unlike markets for widgets, labor markets involve the lives of those whose work is being bought and sold. Beliefs about fairness affect these markets, and we pay particular attention when they are jolted by technological change and globalization. The human element makes such markets worthy of special attention. The course starts with foundations for understanding labor markets: the "derived" demand for labor, factors affecting labor supply, the decision to work (or not) and the often costly choice to acquire job skills. Next we study a wide range of special topics: worker mobility and immigration, pay and productivity, unemployment and wage inequality, and the effects of both technological change and global trade. We probe these issues both theoretically and empirically. Throughout the course we apply economic theory to policy issues including minimum wage and immigration laws, anti-discrimination policies, job training programs, welfare plans, and occupational safety and health standards.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ECON
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ECON101 OR ECON110
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ECON-MN)(ECON)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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