Calendar

Part I: Autor

The class 14.999 Topics in Inequality, taught by Daren Acemoglu, David Autor, and Ivan Werning, was offered for the first time in Spring 2015. The instructor for 14.662, David Autor, taught the first three lectures for 14.999. These three lectures dovetailed with 14.662 and were considered part of the 14.662 sequence.

TOPIC # LECTURE # TOPICS KEY DATES
1. Inequality: An Overview
1.1 1 Decomposing the Wage Distribution  
1.2 Lecture 1 of 14.999  Inequality—some Facts and Questions  
2 2–3 Job Loss and Job Search at the Micro and Macro Level  
3. The “Canonical Model”
3.1 Lecture 2 of 14.999  Canonical Model: Main Papers  
3.2  4 Educational Production and Wage Structure  
3.3  5 Capital-skill Complementarity  
4. Technical Change, Organizational Change and Skill Demands
4.1 Lecture 3 of 14.999 The Task Framework  
4.2 Organizational Change and Market Structure
4.2.1 6 The Division of Labor  
4.2.2 7 The Economics of Superstars Problem Set 1 due at the end of the week
5. Trade, Offshoring and Labor Markets: Ricardian Models and Recent Evidence
5.1 8 Theory: Main Papers  
5.2 9–10 Evidence: Main Papers  
6 11 Labor Market Institutions and Wage Structure  
7 12–13 The Emerging Gender Gap in Education and Labor Markets Problem Set 2 due at the end of the week

Part 2: Williams

TOPIC # LECTURE # TOPICS KEY DATES
1. Self-selection: The Roy Model
1.1 14 The Roy Model: Theory and an Application to Immigration  
1.2 15 The Roy Model: Additional Applications  
2. Equalizing Wage Differentials
2.1 16 Equalizing Wage Differentials: Theory and Empirics  
2.2 17 Applying the Roy Model and Equalizing Wage Differentials: Female Labor Supply  
2.3 18 Applying the Roy Model and Equalizing Wage Differentials: The Scientific Workforce  
3. Discrimination
3.1 19 Discrimination-theory  
3.2 20 Discrimination-empirics Problem Set 3 due
3.3 21 Discrimination and Learning Research Proposal due
4. Firm-level Determinants of Wages and Productivity
4.1 22 Rent-sharing  
4.2 23 Management Practices  
5. Intergenerational Mobility
5.1 24 Intergenerational Mobility—Theory and Measurement Problem Set 4 due
5.2 25 Intergenerational Mobility—Empirics  
6 26 Early Life Determinants of Long-run Outcomes  

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