Advanced Topics II

General Information

Course goals

This seminar will provide an introduction into the Economics of Inequality. The focus of the seminar is both on theoretical and empirical issues. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the basic concepts, recent literature, and should be able to conduct their own research projects, e.g., a Master's Thesis, in inequality research.

Who should take this course?

This seminar is for advanced Master students in Economics, Applied Economics and Management, and Economic and Business Analytics who are interested in inequality research. Students from other disciplines, e.g., sociology, should contact Prof Böheim first


Mandatory literature:

• Atkinson and Bourguignon, 2000, "Introduction", Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 1, Elsevier.

• Cowell, Frank, 2011, Measuring inequality, Chapters 1-4, Oxford University Press.

• OECD, 2008, Chapter 1, "The Distribution of Household Income in OECD Countries: What Are its Main Features?" in: Growing Unequal? Income distribution and poverty in OECD Countries, OECD.

• Piketty, Thomas, 2000, “Theories of persistent inequality and intergenerational mobility", Chapter 8 of Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 1, Elsevier.

• Sen, Amartya, 2000, "Social justice and the distribution of income", Chapter 1 of Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 1, Elsevier.

• McCloskey, Donald, 1985, „Economical Writing“, Economic Inquiry, 23(2), 187—222.

Additional literature will depend on the topic of seminar paper and will be assigned on an individual basis."


Course requirements

Master-level competence in microeconomics (e.g., microeconomics II) and econometrics (e.g., microeconometrics)



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