Billy Foster, PhD

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Ask a physicist how long it would take a bowling ball to land if you dropped it from the roof of your house. He will happily assume that your house is located in a vacuum, and then proceed to calculate the right answer. Ask an engineer to predict the path of a billiard ball after it is struck at a certain angle. He will assume that there is no such thing as friction, and the accuracy of his prediction will give him no cause for regret. Ask an economist to predict the effects of a rise in the gasoline tax. He will assume that all people are rational and give you a pretty accurate response. — Steven E. Landsburg, The Armchair Economist (1993)

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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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