Comparative Economics of Child and Family Policy in Postindustrial Countries
This course uses tools of economic analysis and measures of child well-being to make cross-country comparisons of policies and outcomes. Children rank high on the list of a country's most valuable resources. Yet equally rich nations differ dramatically in funding investments for children and providing support for the people who raise them. These differences in investment persist despite a growing body of research that shows costly negative consequences for early child development of both absolute and relative deprivation. With these observations in mind, this course investigates the following questions: Why do equally wealthy nations differ so profoundly when evaluated by these fundamental indicators of economic success? What factors and policies explain the differences? What are the economic consequences? How might the research on international comparisons inform the construction of more successful child and family policy?
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Prerequisites: (ECON300 AND ECON301) OR (ECON300 AND ECON302)
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ECON-MN)(ECON)
|Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Smeeding, POOR KIDS IN A RICH COUNTRY and THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY
Karoly, INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN and EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTIONS
Bartik, INVESTING IN KIDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Zuberi, DIFFERENCES THAT MATTER
Waldfogel, BRITAIN'S WAR ON POVERTY
Folbre, WHO PAYS FOR THE KIDS? GENDER AND THE STRUCTURES OF CONSTRAINT
Various Peer-Reviewed Articles from Professional Economics Journals
|Examinations and Assignments:
Consistent participation in class discussions of the assigned readings.
Class presentations of articles selected by the student.
A mid-term progress report on a project selected by the student.
A final project report of 15-20 pages on a topic selected by the student.
We draw readings from economics journals, with selections guided by student interests. Students evaluate research methodologies and share information from their readings. Each student designs an independent research project, writes a final research paper and summarizes this research in a presentation to the class. Topics in prior semesters included the proximity of fathers after incarceration or divorce, infant mortality and birth weight, juvenile justice systems, parental leave, child allowances, nutrition programs, housing subsidies, child-centered tax credits, and the labor-force participation of new mothers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Considerable independence and initiative are required on the part of each student. The seminar format requires consistent attendance and active participation in class discussions.
|Instructor(s): Rayack,Wendy Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK302;
|Total Enrollment Limit: 23
|SR major: 6
|JR major: 17
|Seats Available: 7
|SR non-major: 0
|JR non-major: 0
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