ECON 237 The Economics of Inequality and Poverty (Not offered 1999-2000)

This course is designed to deal with issues of equity in economic distribution. Topics covered will include: (1) ethical issues in deciding upon a "just" distribution of income; (2) statistical analysis of the existing distribution of income, with a primary focus on the United States; (3) theoretical models of and empirical evidence on the determinants of inequality including discrimination; (4) the poor and anti-poverty policies, and (5) a discussion of a range of policies designed to redistribute income and wealth. Prerequisite: Economics 101. Enrollment limited to 40.