Economics of Discrimination
University of California, Berkeley
Professor Martha Olney
Not all difference results from discrimination. Not all discrimination results in observable differences. This course will focus on issues of difference and discrimination associated with race, gender, or nation of birth, focusing particularly on markets other than the labor market. Is there evidence of discrimination in credit markets? Housing markets? In education? How is econometrics used to address questions of discrimination?
Economics 154 is a seminar course with maximum enrollment of 20 students. The format of a seminar course differs from the format of lecture courses. Each week, there will be readings which you must complete before coming to class. In the seminar, we discuss the readings. Everyone has responsibility for being prepared and participating. So to be a part of this class, you have to commit to making all class meetings and being present for the full three hours each week.
You must have completed Econ 140 or 141 (or equivalent) before taking this class. You cannot take econometrics at the same time as you take 154.
Many of you will want to purchase Stata for your computer. Follow the link below for "purchasing Stata with Student Pricing." You probably want Stata/IC15. (If you anticipate using a very large data set (~1,000,000 observations), you'll need Stata/SE15.) Whether you want a six-month or one-year or perpetual license depends on what you expect to be doing next year. If you're writing a thesis next year, or working, or going to grad school, then a perpetual license is probably worth the extra money.
You don't have to purchase Stata; there are free copies available on campus. But if you want the flexibility of working from home, anytime you want, without an internet connection. You also don't have to purchase Stata. But it's the program that I know the best, so I can help you with Stata questions but not with questions about R or SAS or SPSS or Gretl or etc.
Meeting Time and Place: Thursdays, 3:10 - 6:00 p.m., 246 Dwinelle
Prerequisites: Economics 100A, 100B, and 140 or 141
Enrollment: Class will fill during week 1 of Phase 1. No further admissions possible.
Final Exam Conflict? There is no final exam for the course, so no conflicts.
Reading Guide for articles (pdf file)
Guide for O'Flaherty (doc file)
||Stata lesson handout (ready in January)|
|Iowa dataset (txt file)
||Iowa dataset (xls file)
||Iowa dataset (dta file)|
|Description of Iowa dataset||Iowa dataset (SAS transport file)|
Take-a-Stand Paper (3/22)
(3/22 & April)
||Rubric: Term Paper
|Olney's bookmarks of data sites||Olney's
links to useful websites
||Library guide for Economics 154|