ECON 380(S) Population Economics

This course is an introduction to the economic analysis of demographic behavior and the economic consequences of demographic change. An important aim is to familiarize students with historical and contemporary trends in fertility, mortality, migration, and family composition, and the implications of these trends for the economy. The course demonstrates the application of microeconomic theory to demographic behavior, including fertility, marriage, and migration. Students are introduced to basic techniques of demographic measurement and mathematical demography. Selected topics include the economic consequences of population growth in developing countries, the economics of fertility and female labor force participation, the effects of an older age structure on the social security system, and the relationship between population growth and natural resources. Requirements will include at least one exam, a research paper and a class presentation. Prerequisites: Economics 251 and 253 or 255 or permission of the instructor if student has not taken 253/255. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 10). Preference given to senior Economics majors.