(Cross-listed with ECO 286)
This course will examine questions about the American educational system from an economic and behavioral-economic perspective. Is school funding better spent on merit pay for teachers or reducing class size? Do charter schools help more students get to college? Who benefits from free tuition policies in higher education? We will learn about returns to educational investment, effects of educational inputs, teacher labor markets, school choice, and higher education finance and policy. There will be an emphasis throughout on empirical tests of individual behavior and their implications for education policy.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the 20-series Economics major course requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Educational Studies minor.