Labor Economics I

Someone holds a smartphone with an Uber app open on it. A taxi is seen in the background.

A customer opens a ride-sharing application on his phone. Companies like Uber and Lyft have dramatically changed the landscape of labor economics in the transportation industry. The economics of ride-sharing are covered in the first half of the course. (Image by Núcleo Editorial on flickr. License: CC BY.) 



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This course aims to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary topics in labor economics and to encourage the development of independent research interests. The class provides a systematic development of the theory of labor supply, labor demand, and human capital. Topics covered include wage and employment determination, immigration, unemployment, equalizing differences, among many others. There is a particular emphasis on the interaction between theoretical and empirical modeling. 

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Daron Acemoglu, and Joshua Angrist. 14.661 Labor Economics I. Fall 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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