ECO 376M • Personnel Economics-W
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Economics 376M is a course in personnel economics. We will use economic theory to analyze how profit-maximizing firms make decisions involving human resources. Among the topics to be covered are the following: Neoclassical labor demand theory, Recruiting, hiring, and job design, Training and investment in workers' human capital, Compensation, promotion, and provision of incentives, Nonwage job attributes and fringe benefits.
Writing Assignment #1: Description of a firm, its major personnel issues, and your source of firm information (1-2 pages)-5%. Writing Assignment #2: Description of firm's major personnel policies (3-4 pages)-5%. Writing Assignment #3: Rough draft of term paper that analyzes the effectiveness of firm's personnel policies (6-8 pages) 5%. Writing Assignment #4: Revised final draft of term paper (6-8 pages)-35%. Quizzes: Analytical problems or short essays (lowest score dropped)-40%. Evaluation experiment: 5%. Presentation/participation: 5%.