I have moved up the Lecture on an Overview of Regression Analysis to be covered right after Impact of Poverty Policy.
As stated in class, midterm 1 is Thursday Feb 26. It is a take-home test. I will email you the test at 9:30AM on Thursday, it is due at 8:00PM (email your answers to me, or slip them under my door and email me confirmation). The test covers everying we have discussed in class up through the "Life in High Poverty Neighorhoods" lecture we finished today (Tuesday Feb 24). I think the test should not take any more than 3 hours (in fact, probably well less). While I cannot police this, I do not think it is in your interest to spend more than that amount of time.
Next week we will watch "Hoop Dreams". The lecture on "Teen Motherhood" will follow the next week.
Lang, Kevin. (2007). Poverty and Discrimination. Princeton University Press. Princeton , NJ.
Who is Poor? What is Poverty? Kotlowitz "There Are No Children Here"; Lang - Ch 2)
Theory of Labor Demand and Wages (Borjas - Ch 4: 104-112)
Minimum Wages and Other Labor Market Policy (Elliot "Guinea Pigging"; Lang Ch 5: 115-120; Borjas Ch 4: 136-146)
Job Training (Lang Ch 5: 121-133; Schochet, Burghardt, McConnel "Does Job Corps Work? Impact Findings from the National Job Corps Study")
Welfare, the EITC, and Other Gov't Transfer Programs (Lang, Ch 9; Lang, Ch 3)
Impact of Poverty Policy (Fox et al. "Waging War on Poverty: Historical Trends in Poverty Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure")
Overview of Regression Analysis (Lang Ch 1: 19-28) (Note: this is an ordering change from original Syllabus!)
Life High Poverty Neighborhoods
- Crime (Canada - Stick, Gun, Knife (Ch 6); Bjerk - "Theives, Thugs, and Neighborhood Poverty"***Introduction only, rest is optional***)
- As a Developing Country (Venkatesh - "Gang Leader for a Day"; Rosenberg - "A Payoff out of Poverty")
Screening of "Hoop Dreams"
Teen Motherhood (Lang Ch 6: 161-172)
Intergenerational Issues (Leblanc - Random Family (Chapter 1), Chetty et al. "Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States")
Inequality (Borjas Ch 8: 284-302; Saez - "Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States"; Simon "There Are Now Two Americas")
Taxation (Buffet - "Stop Coddling the Super Rich"; Lowenstein - "The Inequality Conundrum"; Kleven - "How Can Scandanavians Tax So Much?"; Optional: Slemrod - Taxing Ourselves Ch 2; ;
Historical Trends in Racial Inequality (Lang Ch 11: 283-293; *Heckman and Donohue - "Continuous Versus Episodic Change: The Impact of Civil Rights Policy on the Economic Status of Blacks.")
Theories of Discrimination (Lang Ch 10)
Empirically Assessing Discrimination
- In the Labor Market (Lang, Chapter 11: 293-305; Bertrand and Mullainathan - "Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?"; Bjerk - "The Differing Nature of Black-White Wage Inequality Across Occupational Sectors")
*Holzer, Raphael, and Stoll."Perceived Criminality, Criminal Background Checks, and Racial Hiring Practices of Employers"; *Doleac and Stein - "The Visible Hand"
- In the Criminal Justice System (*Antonovics and Knight - "A New Look at Racial Profiling: Evidence from the Boston Police Department; *Rehavi and Starr - "Racial Disparity in Federal Criminal Sentencing")
Education (Fryer and Levitt - "The Black-White Test Score Gap through Third Grade"; Lang Ch 6:177 - 190; Belfield et al "The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program"; *Hanushek - "Failure of Input-based Schooling Policies"; )
Screening of "Waiting for Superman"
Innovations in Eductaion Policy (Dobbie and Fryer "Are High-Quality Schools Enough to Increase Achievment Among The Poor?"; Lang Ch 8; Russakoff - "Schooled: Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a Plan to Reform Newark's Schools. They Got an Education"; *Angrist, Pathak, and Walters "Explaining Charter School Effectiveness")
Problem Set 1 (due Tuesday Feb 10) answers
Problem Set 2 (due Tuesday Feb 24) answers
Problem Set 3 (due Thursday April 2nd) (Note: the Payroll/FICA tax rate is 6.2% of all labor earnings income up to $117,000, with no tax for any furtherlabor income above and beyond $117,000)
Cohen, "Aid to the Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America" NYT