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Economics and Education

In the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

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Course Listing

Department Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the department for specific course availability for each semester:

EDPE 4050 Economics of Education
Teaches the basic economic concepts and methods to be used for further study and analysis of educational finance, education and inequality, education, and economic growth, the impact of educational policies on education; and outcomes, school reform, and school choice.

EDPE 4051 Education and economic development
This course examines the links between education and various aspects of economic development. Topics include the impact of human capital accumulation on economic growth, the educational attainment of men and women in developing countries, the effects of schooling on labor force participation, wages and fertilities, and the issues of school finance and educational policy in the Third World.

EDPE 4055 Resource Allocation in Education
This course reviews the literature on school effectiveness with respect to the allocation of resources. It addresses and analyzes education production functions and cost-effectiveness analysis in educational decision-making.

EDPE 4056 Microeconomic Theory Applications Education
A survey of intermediate microeconomic theory combined with applications of relevance to the economics of education. At the theory level, the course covers utility maximization, income and substitution effects, labor supply, the analytics of market equilibrium, consumer surplus, cost minimization, production and cost functions, the determinants of the demand for factors of production, labor demand and the demand for skilled labor, market imperfections, monopoly pricing, monopolistic competition, externalities and public goods. Applications are included for each of these topics in the area of education. Instructor(s): Francisco Rivera-Batiz

EDPE 4058 Economics of higher education
This course uses theoretical and empirical economic analysis to analyze the behavior of higher education students and institutions and to study private and public policy related to post-secondary education.

EDPE 4097 International and comparative studies in educational finance
Educational finance in international settings. Financing role of international development agencies. International and comparative studies in educational finance.

EDPE 4155 Evaluating educational privatization and school choice
This course addresses the increasing emphasis on market-type choice systems including educational vouchers, for-profit educational firms, and charter schools. It places great emphasis on the theory of emerging empirical evidence underlying these developments in education.

EDPE 4900 Research Independent Study: Economics & Education
Instructor(s): Thomas Bailey, Hank Levin, Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Judith Scott-Clayton, Mun Tsang

EDPE 5430 Internship in Economics and Education

Permission of advisor required.  Supervised training in diverse settings designed to gain work experience and/or research skills related to economics of education.

EDPE 5550 Workshop in Economics and Education
For doctoral students and others with research projects or potential research projects in the field. Participation required for doctoral students writing their dissertation. Students who are beginning to think about their dissertation topic or working on proposals are also encouraged to participate. Faculty members may also be invited from within or outside the department to present their work.

EDPE 5650 Readings in the economics of education
Selected readings in the economics of education. Recommended for students with background in economics or a related discipline. As the selection of readings differs in different semesters, a student may register for more than one semester of ITSF 5650.

EDPE 6023 Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference in Education Research
This doctoral course covers the design, implementation, and interpretation of econometric methods used for evaluating causal relationships in education research, reading and discussing applied methodological texts as well as journal articles using advanced causal methods. The course covers randomized experiments, natural experiments, differences-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and propensity score matching.

EDPE 6050 Education and Economic Development: advanced topics
This course provides an advanced discussion of the links between education and economic development, including both theoretical frameworks and empirical models.

EDPE 6052 Labor Economics
This course covers important concepts in labor economics, with a focus on how those concepts can be applied and tested in practice. The course will provide an overview of labor market topics such as the returns to education and training, non-monetary forms of compensation, models of labor migration, and models of imperfect or asymmetric information about skills. For each topic, we will examine influential papers and the empirical methods they use. The course is intended for doctoral students and will count towards the Labor Economics requirement for the Economics of Education Ph.D. program.

EDPE 6151 Advanced microeconomics with applications to education
A doctoral-level survey of microeconomic theory with applications of relevance to the economics of education. Includes the theory of the firm and its implications regarding factor demands, educational production functions, and the demand for education. Consumer theory and the theory of labor supply. Human capital externalities. Intertemporal decision-making. Public finance and local public goods.

EDPE 6590 Doctoral Research Seminar on Economics of Education

Through presentation and discussion of their research studies, students learn research skills and improve their understanding of various issues in the research process from the initial stage to dissemination. 

EDPE 6900 Studies in economics and education
In each of the areas within the department, advanced students may register for intensive individual study of some aspect of their specialization. Registration is only by permission of the instructor under whose guidance the work will be undertaken. Times for individual conferences will be arranged. Enrollment may be for 1 or more points each term, and registration is not limited to one or two terms.Instructor(s): Thomas Bailey, Hank Levin, Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Judith Scott-Clayton, Mun Tsang

EDPE 7500 Dissertation seminar in economics and education
Faculty. Permission required. Proposal writing. Required of doctoral students in the semester following successful completion of certification examinations.

EDPE 8900 Dissertation advisement in economics and education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./ Ph.D. degrees. Instructor(s): Thomas Bailey, Hank Levin, Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Judith Scott-Clayton, Mun Tsang