Economics of Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Labor Markets|
Spring 2012 not offered
AFAM 209, FGSS 202|
In this course, we explore the economics of race and ethnicity with specific emphasis on U.S. labor markets. The course devotes particular attention to the experiences of African American, Latino, and Asian American women and men. We use economic concepts from conventional neoclassical analysis along with radical critiques of the neoclassical framework. The course begins with a discussion of socially constructed categories and their correlates in the labor market. Next, we take up several special topics including human capital theory, economic theories of discrimination, differences in labor market involvement, and the role of immigration and racial/ethnic enclaves. The course concludes by exploring the possible policy responses to differences in labor market opportunity and success. In this policy discussion, we pay particular attention to economic research designed to analyze the effects of equal employment law and affirmative action regulation.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ECON101 OR ECON110
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(ECON)(FGSS)
Ehrenberg, Modern Labor Economics
Gerald D. Jaynes, BRANCHES WITHOUT ROOTS: GENESIS OF THE BLACK WORKING CLASS
Jacqueline Jones, LABOR OF LOVE, LABOR OF SORROW: BLACK WOMEN, WORK AND FAMILY
George J. Borjas, HEAVEN'S DOOR: IMMIGRATION POLICY AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
H. Cross, EMPLOYER HIRING PRACTICES: DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF HISPANIC JOB SEEKERS
Gerald D. Jaynes, COMMON DESTINY: BLACKS AND AMERICAN SOCIETY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several short writing assignments (1-3 pages), two in-semester exams, a class presentation, and a final paper (15-20 pages) in lieu of a final exam. Class participation will be counted.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions. No late papers or assignments; no unexcused absences.
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