ECON 496: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 496-008: Economics of Immigration
(Fall 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Carow Hall 01

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Section Information for Fall 2021

This course systematically examines Bryan Caplan’s Open Borders from cover to cover. Along the way, students will learn the fundamentals of the economics of immigration, with a focus on immigration’s effects on global wealth creation, and the parallels between international trade in goods and international trade in labor. The course also explores immigration’s net fiscal effects, cultural effects, and political effects, and explores a wide range of possibilities for immigration reform.

This is a mixed undergraduate and graduate class. While there will be shared lectures and classroom discussion, graduate students will be given more demanding homework assignments and more challenging exams.


I assume that you have taken Introductory Economics and know how to calculate Present Discounted Value. Labor Economics will be helpful but not required.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Subject matter varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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