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    Jun 19, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

ECON-314 Economic Inequality (3)


This course covers the rise, fall, and rise of economic inequality in the United States. After discussing how to measure inequality, the course delves into major causes and consequences, including technology and the demand for skilled and unskilled labor, tax and transfer policy, “pre-distribution” issues about property rights, contracts and patents, changes in market competition, labor markets, unionization, housing markets, healthcare provision and financial markets. It pays careful attention to race and gender dimensions of inequality throughout the course and discusses policies to limit inequality and its consequences. AU Core Integrative Requirement: Diversity and Equity. Prerequisite: ECON-100  or ECON-150 .