Courses

ECO 225 The Economics of Sin

Designed to examine the links between economics and ethics and to raise fundamental questions about the degree to which markets and economic policy can be used to further moral objectives.

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ECO 226 Financial Markets

Studying periods of rapid change and stress in the markets, such as the recent world-wide financial crisis and the current mixed recovery in some markets and institutions, is difficult but essential for economists and policymakers. We will devote even more attention than usual to this.

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ECO 228 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Focus on the economic causes of the major natural resource management problems confronting society and the evaluation of alternative public policies for environmental protection and natural resource preservation.

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ECO 230 The Mind of the Entrepreneur

Exposure to three perspectives on the role of the entrepreneur in guiding resource allocation in a market economy.

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ECO 241 Microeconomic Analysis

Consumer finance examines how consumers make decisions about borrowing, saving, and managing risk. The goal of this course is to learn how to think critically about these decisions. We will learn concepts such as time value of money, risk, and consumption smoothing. We will examine the markets for credit (credit cards, student loans, mortgages), saving/investment (mutual funds, retirement plans, annuities), insurance and financial advice. We will ask why these markets sometimes fail and how regulation can help.

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ECO 242 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

The purpose of this course is to teach students the basics of microeconomic theory. The course will focus on consumer theory, producer theory, industrial organization, and general equilibrium analysis. These topics are treated at a general level, generating a flexible theoretical framework that may be used to address a variety of economic issues and topics.

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ECO 334 Financial Analysis

Economics 242 is required of all majors and minors in the Department. Macroeconomic Theory and Policy is primarily a theory course with emphasis on the policy implications of the theories. Topics covered include the determination of aggregate levels of output (GDP) and income, employment, inflation, wages, and interest rates. We will study the behavior of the macroeconomy in the short run, medium run, and the long run. We will also discuss the government’s budget deficit, and its possible link with the trade deficit, the national debt, and saving and investment.

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ECO 375 Efficient Management of Technology

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of econometric concepts and techniques needed in quantitative analysis in economics. This course emphasizes the need to gain an intuitive understanding of the econometric concepts and of their proper applications to real-world economic problems. Computer skills are important and some of the problem sets and a research paper will require use of a statistical program, EViews.

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ECO 376 Seminar in Global Economic Issues

The course covers a broad range of issues on economics of technological change. In the first part of the course, we investigate the determinants of productivity growth using macroeconomic growth models. We start with simple exogenous growth models based on human capital and physical capital accumulation. We then introduce innovation-driven endogenous growth models and study the process of creative destruction a la Schumpeter and its implications for the economy. We investigate the role of policy (research subsidies, intellectual property rights protection policies, trade policies and education policies) and exogenous events (demographic changes, price shocks) in affecting growth and welfare. We also analyze the effects of globalization on technological progress. In the second part of the course, the focus is on microeconomics of technological change. We investigate issues related with patent policy, Research and Development (R&D) incentives, valuation of R&D and intellectual property enforcement.

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ECO 382 Seminar in Finance

The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the concepts and techniques of financial analysis and to the operation of securities markets. The focus is the evaluation of private businesses which attempt to maximize their shareholders’ wealth. Topics covered include evaluation of a firm’s financial statements, time value of money, risk-return analysis, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital and capital structure, long-term finance and dividend policy, and mergers/acquisitions.

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ECO 387 Seminar In Labor

Economics 339 deals with these and other microeconomic questions related to the tax and expenditure policies of federal, state, and local governments. Topics covered include: determinants of tax and spending levels, education finance, Social Security, welfare policy, tax reform, tax incentives for higher education and pollution reduction, and other current tax and government spending issues. This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in understanding the effects of government taxation and expenditure policy on firms and households

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ECO 390 Economics Internship

The economic and financial crisis that began to affect the U.S. (and most of the rest of the world) around 2007 has been characterized by many people as the worst that the U.S. has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The objective of this course is to use analytical tools of modern macroeconomics to gain a deep understanding of some of the causes and consequences of this crisis, and to explore some relevant policy options.

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ECO 391 The Income Tax: Policy and Practice

ECO 390: The Income Tax: Policy and Practice Prof. O’Keeffe See the official course description here. IMPORTANT: Email Prof. O’Keeffe at mathcircle@gmail.com AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you are considering this class. There is a mandatory IRS orientation session you MUST attend during one evening in the fall term to prepare. Email Prof. O’Keeffe so you get on her list to receive notifications as to when those sessions will be offered. Course Description: Economics 391 is a service-learning course which integrates theory and practice in addressing income tax policy issues. Students run a Volunteer...

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