ECON 466 - Economics of Population
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
ECON 401 completed with a minimum grade of C- or better; or graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Population issues are everywhere. In much of the world, the human life span has doubled, birth rates have fallen below replacement, marriages are postponed or foregone, and divorce is common. In other places, rapid population growth seems to impede economic development. Public policy makers and voters worry about the burdens imposed by aging populations, ask whether immigrants help or harm the economy, and try to assess the effect of population on environmental quality. This course uses economic models to study the causes and consequences of changing population size and structure.

Topics include:

  • Determinants of population growth and decline
  • Relationship between population change and economic development
  • Economics of mortality
  • Economics of fertility
  • Economics of household formation, marriage and divorce
  • Economics of migration
  • Causes and impacts of changing age structure

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on course attendance/participation, student performance on homework assignments, unannounced quizzes, two in-class mid-term exams and a final exam. Exams will include small and large essay questions, problems, and multiple-choice questions.

Intended Audience:

Advanced students who have successfully completed Intermediate Microeconomics (401) and are interested using economics to analyze questions about population.

Class Format:

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Lecture is the predominant instructional method, but students are encouraged to raise questions and actively participate in class discussion.

ECON 466 - Economics of Population
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
31324
Open
70
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 1478613068
Demography: The Study of Human Population, Fourth Edition 4th Edition by Jennifer Hickes Lundquist (Author), Douglas L. Anderton (Author), David Yaukey (Author)
Required
ISBN: 9781444336900
The Children of Eve. ; Population and Well-Being in History., Author: Louis P. Cain and Donald G. Paterson., Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated 2012
Required
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