2015 Spring Term
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PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (GS)
Consumer and firm behavior. Market supply and demand and the price system. Monopoly and imperfectly competitive market structures. The pricing of factors of production and the distribution of income. Additional topics may include: poverty, growth and development; international trade. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (GS)
The economic problem: allocating scarce resources among alternative uses. The role of the market: supply and demand. The aggregate economy: output, income, employment and inflation. The nature and role of money. The effect of government expenditure and taxation on the economy. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.
ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHERS (GS)
Price-determination, income-distribution, and resource allocation in the market economy, including profit-making and cooperative business organizations. International trade, economic growth, and the role of government are examined. Satisfies the state teacher certification requirements of instruction in cooperatives.
An introduction to descriptive statistics, probability theory and statistical inference. Graphical and numerical methods of summarizing data. Probability concepts and theoretical probability distributions. Sampling and sampling distributions. Estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Correlation and regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application and interpretation of statistical techniques.
INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Measuring the aggregate economy: national income and product accounting, inflation and unemployment. The nature and role of money and interest rates in the macroeconomy. The effects of monetary and fiscal policies on output, employment and inflation in the short and long run. Economic fluctuations and growth.
ECONOMICS OF DISCRIMINATION (DV)
This course analyzes the experiences of ethnic minorities and women in the United States economy, extending traditional and nontraditional interpretations of economic issues to the unique experiences of these groups. Economic tools will be developed and applied to such topics as: Labor Force Participation; Wage Determination; Occupational Choice and Segregation; Comparable Worth; Poverty; and the Criminal Justice System. These issues will be addressed through three distinct viewpoints in the course: neoclassical economics; political economy; and stratification economics.
MONEY AND BANKING
The demand for and supply of money in historical perspective including the role of the banking system in the credit creation process. Financial markets, interest rates and economic activity. The Federal Reserve System, monetary policy and the macroeconomy.
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD ECONOMY
The historical growth experience of industrialized economies; the challenge of development in Asia, Africa and Latin America; problems of transition in formerly centrally planned economies. Economic growth and structural change; income distribution and poverty; population growth and human resources; international trade, foreign investment and development assistance.
An historical overview and theoretical interpretations of U.S. business cycle experience. U.S. business cycles in a global context, business cycle theories and stabilization policy.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND BANKING
The monetary dimension of international economics. Balance of payments accounting; exchange rates, prices and interest rates; spot and forward foreign exchange; international financial markets and international banking; exchange rate systems and the role of central banks; open-economy macroeconomics; the international monetory system and current policy issues.
ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION
The course treats the political economy of trade, foreign investment and multinational corporations; the economic and social consequences of globalization; governments, markets, and the instruments of international economic and industrial policy; the World Trade Organization and recent issues--environmental and labor standards; intellectual property; services trade; the developing nations.
The course uses the tools and techniques of economic analysis to solve managerial problems. The emphasis is on practical applications. Topics: optimization techniques; analysis and estimation of demand and costs of production; market structures and pricing practice.
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION AND COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES
Application of economic theory and analysis to case studies in American industry in terms of market structure, market conduct, and industry performance. Analysis of the ways business firms and markets are organized and interact, assessment of the outcomes of various types of firm behavior and the performance of markets, and evaluation of the causes and types of market failures.
ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE
Economics of Health Care is concerned with allocation of resources within the health care sector of the U.S. economy. Major topics include production of health care and its distribution across the population. In addition, various measures will be used to establish the relationship between the health care sector and national policy concerns.
Advanced Econometrics introduces students to advanced techniques in modeling. In the course students will study applied methods for model selection, implementation, and inference for cross sectional, time series, and panel data. The major emphasis will be on understanding these models from an intuitive perspective and estimating these using computer programs.
NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
Markets and the efficient allocation of resources over time. Market failure - property rights, externalities, public goods. Valuation of environmental benefits and costs. Economics of renewable and non-renewable natural resources - land, water, fisheries, forests, energy, minerals. Pollution abatement and environmental protection. Global issues - population, climate change, tropical deforestation, the oceans and atmosphere as global "commons".
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable. Department Consent required.