Billy Foster, PhD

Billy Foster

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The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods. — Henry Louis Mencken, Prejudices, First Series (1919)

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Labor Economics
Course number:
NEIU – ECON 306D

FULL SYLLABUS (.pdf)

“Everything in the world is purchased by labour”

- David Hume (1711 – 1776), Essays, Of Commerce

“The property which every man has in his own labour; as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable…”

- Adam Smith (1723 – 1790), An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

INTRODUCTION

This course is a more intricate study of labor markets than is offered in the standard microeconomics courses. We will be applying economic theory to labor markets and related economic phenomena including but not limited to: earnings, employment, unemployment, worker mobility, and discrimination.

REQUIRED TEXT

Labor Economics, Fifth Edition
George J. Borjas
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0073511366

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