This web page is for the Spring 03 term of Economics 27 at
The Final Exam will be held in Rocky 1 on Monday June 2 at
The midterm exam was returned on Monday, April 28th. Click here for more information.
The Economics Department has approved new sequences involving Economics 27:
In addition to 27-47, it will now also be possible to do 27-74 or 27-74-47.
Classes will be held in Thornton 104
Open Office Hours are Tuesdays, . All other times, please make an appointment.
Syllabus (Word document with links to readings)
In-Class Discussion Articles and Questions (Word document with links to readings)
In-Class Policy Debate Readings and Questions (Word document with links to readings)
These are PowerPoint slides, grouped by topic, that provide most of the figures we will use in class.
The course project is based around four
policy issues in the
Additional hints, etc. will be discussed in class as the term progresses. Don't forget the project is due by May 28
These problem sets are in the same format as the exams, and thus will provide excellent practice and enable you to gauge the level of your knowledge. You should bring your answers to class on the date indicated for discussion on the syllabus. While not graded on correctness (they are for your practice), they will contribute toward your participation grade.
Practice Problems #1 (Basics & Labor Demand)
Practice Problems #2 ( Labor Supply & Comp Difs)
Practice Problems #3 (Human Capital & Mobility)
Practice Problems #4 (Pay & Productivity & Discrim)
Practice Problems #5 (Inequality & Unemployment)
Practice Problems #6 (Unions & Arbitration)
Click here to anonymously send me comments, suggestions, etc. about the course.
Your Textbook's Site:
Labor Economics, by George J. Borjas - This includes student resources such as key concept reviews and study review questions. There are also links to many additional labor economics web sites.
General Economics and Labor Economics Sites:
Economics resources at Dartmouth - This is an excellent gateway to all things economics on the web. Especially useful are links to on-line journals available through Dartmouth subscriptions and links to more general economics resources.
of Economic Research - The NBER is a good source for the latest
economic research. Working papers can be downloaded through a
Society of Labor Economists - SOLE is a “diverse network of scholars, professionals, and researchers: all promoting their field by making significant contributions to labor economics.” They hold annual meetings and publish the Journal of Labor Economics (JOLE).
Labor Market Data & Government Information:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics - This is a good source for time series data on labor market trends. as well as news releases and publications on assorted labor market issues. The Monthly Labor Review is available on-line here.
The Census Bureau - This is a good source for
all sorts of statistics and reports on the
Your Government (link from the White House) - This is a good gateway to government sites, with links to federal agencies and other branches of government available
News and Current Affairs:
Wall Street Journal – This requires a subscription to get the good stuff, but a free trial is available
Economics Policy Debates – This web page is from a publisher of Economics texts, SouthWestern, and has brief discussions of many economic policy issues, along with links to more information.
The White House – Click on the “Policies in Focus” link on the left to see what the Executive Branch thinks about current policy.
Assorted Things Mentioned in Class or Otherwise of Potential Interest:
Paper about Firestone tires and labor strife
Union membership report
labor history site (with main focus
A brief overview of US labor history
The NLRB – includes links to decisions
Historical Tables on
Recent Op-Ed piece by Robert Samuelson on CEO pay (in Washington Post and Newsweek)
Column from the Washington Post about CEO pay
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
News release about a new study on household split of housework
Q&A about anti-discrimination laws from the EEOC
Report from the Census Bureau on income inequality
Monthly report on unemployment from the BLS
This page will be updated during the term as new materials are available.
Last updated May 20, 2003