The seminar will deal with recent research on the economics of education. It covers topics on education over the whole life-cycle starting from early childhood education to adult education.
In the last couple of years, the literature on the economics of education research has rapidly grown as new economic methods entered the education field and more data on education became available. From pre-school education over primary and secondary education and tertiary education to adult education (vocational and on the job training), researchers study the determinants of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Thereby, they contribute to education policy-making. (As an introduction to the literature of the economics of education, you might read: Dearden, L., S. Machin and A. Vignoles (2009): "Economics of education research: a review and future prospects", Oxford Review of Education 35(5), 617-632.)
Please note that you will have to read and understand original research papers as a part of this course. Many of these papers employ econometric techniques, and a basic understanding of econometrics, especially of regression analysis, is necessary. If you have not taken any econometrics courses before, we recommend taking "Empirical Methods" (MW24.1) first.
Basic knowledge of econometrics is required. For example, you should be fine if you attended Empirical Methods (MW24.1) or a similar class at another university / in your BA program.
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