ECON 361 - Winter 2018

ECON 361: Income Distributions and Problems in Inequality

Department of Economics, Queen's University

Instructor: David Rosé  - rosed [at] econ.queensu.ca
TA: Brittany Feor  -   feorb [at] econ.queensu.ca
 
Location: Sir John A. Macdonald Hall, Room 2
Times: Monday @ 1:00-2:20pm and Wednesday@ 11:30-12:50pm
 
 
 
News:
  • Research Proposal Extension: Deadline is now Monday, April 9th
  • Research Proposal description is posted (see below)
     

Past finals can be found HERE (W 2017)  and HERE (F 2015)
Past midterm (W 2017) can be FOUND HERE - Solutions (see email for password)

 

 
 
Course Description:
This course will provide an introduction to the measurement and analysis of poverty and inequality, with a particular focus on inequality and the distribution of earnings in Canada. We will look at trends in inequality, theories of the principal determinants of the distribution of income, and we will also review some recent empirical findings in the related literature. Students should be comfortable with the principles of microeconomic theory, and we will also be using concepts from elementary statistics, so prior knowledge of statistics is strongly recommended. 
 
Syllabus
 
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Lectures:
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1. Introduction to the course (January 8th, 2018)
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2. Measuring Poverty (January 10th, 2018)
* Slides

Readings:

- Sen, Amartya (1995). Equality of What? In Inequality Reexamined (pp. 12-22). Cambridge, Massachussets: Harvard University Press. (available on QCAT - campus only)
Chapter 3 of the World Bank Handbook on Poverty and Inequality: Poverty Lines
Chapter 4 of the World Bank Handbook on Poverty and Inequality: Measures of Poverty
Low Income Lines, 2013-2014,  Statistics Canada Income Research Paper Series

3. Stats Review (January 15th, 2018)
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4. Measuring Poverty (January 17th, 2018)
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5. Measuring Inequality (January 22rd, 2018)
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Chapter 6 of the World Bank Handbook on Poverty and Inequality: Inequality Measures
- Note: you can ignore the sections on (i) Atkinson's Inequality Measures and  (ii) Income Distribution Dynamics.


6. The Effects of Taxes and Transfers (January 24th, 2017)
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Readings:

Chapter 15 of the World Bank Handbook on Poverty and Inequality: The Effects of Taxation and Spending on Inequality and Poverty
* p. 293 - 305 

 

7. Trends in Canadian Income and Wealth Inequality (January 29th, 2018)
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8. Trends in Global Income and Wealth Inequality (January 31st, 2018)
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9. Top Income Shares in Canada and in the U.S. (Feb 5th, 2018)
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10. Top Income Shares Around the World (Feb 7th, 2018)
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11. Midterm Review (Feb 12th, 2018)
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12. Labour Market Polarization (Feb 26th, 2018)
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13. The Race Between Education and Technology  (Feb 28th, 2018)

* Blackboard + Slides

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14. Immigration and Wages  (Mar 5th, 2018)

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15. Social Assistance in Ontario / Health and Inequality (Mar 7th, 2018)

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16. Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility  (March 12th, 2018)
Slides - practice problem

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17. Aboriginal Earnings Gap (March 14th, 2018)
Slides - practice problem

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18 and 19. Labour Market Discrimination (March 19th and 21st, 2018)

* Blackboard + Slides - practice problem

Readings:

Bertrand, Marianne and Sendhil Mullainathan (2008).  Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination.  The American Economic Review,  94(4), pp. 991-1013. 

 

20. Gender and the Labour Market (March 26th, 2018)
* Slides

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21. The Impact of the Minimum Wage (March 28th, 2018)

* Slides
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22. Inequality Between Countries (April 2nd, 2018)

* Slides
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Engerman, Stanley L., and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. (2000)." Institutions, Factor Endowments, and Paths of Development in the New World.The Journal of Economic Perspectives. 14(3), pp. 217-232

 

23. Revisiting Concepts (April 4th, 2018)

* Slides
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