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Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Number / SectionNameDaysTimeRoomInstructorAvail. / Max.
ECON 113-01Financial AccountingDays: TRTime: 08:00 am-09:30 amRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Jeff EvansAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

Details

Accounting is the language of business. One of the objectives of this course is to learn that “language.” The emphasis will be on understanding financial statements both for profit and non-profit organizations. International accounting, ethics and investment decisions are also covered. This course is designed for students who desire an understanding of the elements of accounting as a component of a liberal arts education as well as for those who would like to study further in accounting or business. This course counts as a Group B elective.

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ECON 113-02Financial AccountingDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Jeff EvansAvail./Max.: 9 / 25

Details

Accounting is the language of business. One of the objectives of this course is to learn that “language.” The emphasis will be on understanding financial statements both for profit and non-profit organizations. International accounting, ethics and investment decisions are also covered. This course is designed for students who desire an understanding of the elements of accounting as a component of a liberal arts education as well as for those who would like to study further in accounting or business. This course counts as a Group B elective.

General Education Requirements:

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Course Materials

ECON 119-01Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Felix FriedtAvail./Max.: 0 / 17

*First Year Course only*

Details

This course is an introductory undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course begins with an introduction to supply and demand and the basic forces that determine an equilibrium in a market economy. We then turn our attention to firms and their decisions about optimal production, and the impact of different market structures on firms’ behavior. The last part of Microeconomics introduces a framework for learning about consumer behavior and analyzing consumer decisions. The second part of the class is Macroeconomics. It includes the determination of output, employment, unemployment, interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed. Important policy debates such as, the sub-prime crisis, social security, the public debt, and international economic issues are critically explored. The first objective of this class is to introduce students to a wide range of economic theories and to help students understand how markets work to allocate goods, resources and income in society. The second objective is to provide students the proper scientific methods and tools to discuss economic issues, solve economic problems and make good policy decisions. This course also aims to provide economic majors the appropriate background and foundation for future coursework in the economics major. This course counts as a Group E elective within the Economics Major.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-02Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Liang DingAvail./Max.: -1 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-03Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 02:20 pm-03:20 pmRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Felix FriedtAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-04Principles of EconomicsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Lucas ThreinenAvail./Max.: 2 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-05Principles of EconomicsDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: OLRI 350Instructor: Samantha CakirAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-06Principles of EconomicsDays: TRTime: 08:00 am-09:30 amRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Lucas ThreinenAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 194-01Calculus-Based Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Liang DingAvail./Max.: 0 / 17

*First Year Course only*

Details

This course is an introductory undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics in a math intensive way. Compared to Econ 119 Principles of Economics, this class requires calculus to learn economic models and conduct economic analysis, although the two classes cover the same economic concepts and theories. This course begins with an introduction to supply and demand and the basic forces that determine an equilibrium in a market economy. We then turn our attention to firms and their decisions about optimal production, and the impact of different market structures on firms’ behavior. The last part of Microeconomics introduces a framework for learning about consumer behavior and analyzing consumer decisions. The second part of the class is Macroeconomics. It includes the determination of output, employment, unemployment, interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed. Important policy debates such as, the sub-prime crisis, social security, the public debt, and international economic issues are critically explored. The first objective of this class is to introduce students a wide range of economic theories and to help students understand how markets work to allocate goods, resources and income in society. The second objective is to provide student proper scientific methods and tools to discuss economic issues, solve economic problems and make good policy decisions. This course also aims to provide economic majors the appropriate background and foundation for future coursework in the economics major. This course counts as a Group E elective within the Economics Major.

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 221-01Introduction to International EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: CARN 06AInstructor: Felix FriedtAvail./Max.: Closed 0 / 25

Details

This course explores the theoretical foundations and empirical realities of international trade flows, commercial policies (tariffs, quotas, etc.) and international finance. The course emphasizes the welfare implications of international trade and commercial policies and links these to discussion of disputes over international trade agreements. The international finance portion of the course covers the foreign exchange market, balance of payments analysis and an introduction to open economy macroeconomics. Recommended for students majoring in international studies. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:
Internationalism

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 233-01Health EconomicsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: NEILL 304Instructor: Samantha CakirAvail./Max.: Closed 0 / 25

Details

The field of health economics applies microeconomic theory to the study of health care, drawing on concepts from public, labor, and development economics and industrial orgainzation. The healthcare industry is one of the largest in the US, representing nearly 18% of the GDP and comprising a large share of the typical household budget. The role of government regulation in healthcare is significant and unique to the industry. This class will review topics relevant to the healthcare and health insurance industries in the US, other developed countries, and developing nations including determinants of demand, pricing of healthcare services, the role of insurance and its reforms, incentives and hurdles for health technology innovations, and the role of health in economic development. We will also examine the traditional methods for evaluating healthcare services including cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Social science

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ECON 235-01Climate Change: Science, Economics, and PolicyDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: OLRI 301Instructor: Bradtmiller, WestAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

*First day attendance required; cross-listed with ENVI 235-01; ACTC students may register on the first day of class, with permission of instructor*

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Combustion of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, which traps energy near Earth’s surface and leads to warmer average global temperatures. Combustion of fossil fuels also forms the backbone of the modern economy. This team-taught course provides a framework in which to consider the costs and benefits of fossil fuel consumption in the present and over the coming decades and centuries. We use concepts from climate science and environmental economics to evaluate existing and proposed policy interventions designed to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and consider possible technological solutions to slow or reverse climate change. Among our main approaches are state-of-the-art Integrated Assessment Models; students will be exposed to several of the most commonly used models and to research from their critics. This course counts as a Group E elective. Students signing up for the course as Economics will get credit toward the social sciences general distribution requirement; those signing up for the course as Environmental Studies will get credit toward the natural sciences and mathematics general distribution requirement. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119

General Education Requirements:
Quantitative Thinking Q3

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 353-01Managerial AccountingDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Jeff EvansAvail./Max.: 18 / 25

Details

Planning is the key to business success. How do firms plan for the future? Setting objectives and budgets. Evaluating and rewarding employee performance. Controlling inventory, cash budgeting, and capital budgeting. Extensive use of case studies and group work. This course counts as a Group B elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 113 (earned with C- or higher) or permission of instructor.

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ECON 354-01DealsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: OLRI 250Instructor: Joyce MinorAvail./Max.: Closed 0 / 24

*Limit will reflect 8 seats for SR, 8 for JR and 8 for SO*

Details


Deals is a unique class. Nearly all class sessions are taught by former Macalester students, most of whom graduated with an Economics major. These guest professors generally share their post-Macalester career and educational journey with you, then spend more time talking about their current or most recent business venture (some might be nonprofit), and then focus on a particular transaction or “deal”.  Many of the presentations will be finance-oriented.  Students in Deals are evaluated in four ways, 1) by class participation, including class lunches or dinners with guest speakers, 2) by short write-ups of the guest speaker presentations, 3) by an exam, and, 4) by a research paper related to a topic raised by a guest speaker. This course counts as a Group B elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 113 and ECON 119, plus one additional economics course. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 361-01Intermediate Microeconomic AnalysisDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: CARN 06AInstructor: Sarah WestAvail./Max.: 1 / 40

Details

Methodology of economic science; theory of consumer behavior; theory of the firm; market structure and price determination; factor markets and income distribution; general equilibrium analysis; market failure. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): MATH 135 or MATH 137, and one 200-level Economics course from Group E electives. Not open to first-year students except by permission of the instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 371-01Intermediate Macroeconomic AnalysisDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 4 / 25

Details

This course develops in detail theories of the determination of national income, employment and the price level. The foundations and mechanics of neo-classical and Keynesian models of the aggregate economy are studied and modern syntheses of these approaches are explored. Considerable attention will be paid to current behavior of the national economy. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Social science

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ECON 371-02Intermediate Macroeconomic AnalysisDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 14 / 25

Details

This course develops in detail theories of the determination of national income, employment and the price level. The foundations and mechanics of neo-classical and Keynesian models of the aggregate economy are studied and modern syntheses of these approaches are explored. Considerable attention will be paid to current behavior of the national economy. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 381-01Introduction to EconometricsDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 6 / 22

Details

This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:
Writing WA

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 381-02Introduction to EconometricsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 1 / 22

Details

This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:
Writing WA

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 381-L1Intro to Econometrics LabDays: RTime: 10:10 am-11:10 amRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 15 / 27

Details

This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 381-L2Intro to Econometrics LabDays: RTime: 01:20 pm-02:20 pmRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 2 / 27

Details

This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 420-01Applied Dynamic MacroeconomicsDays: MWFTime: 02:20 pm-03:20 pmRoom: CARN 204Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 8 / 20

Details

This course provides a formal, hands-on exposition of modern macroeconomic theory using dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models.  This course counts as a Group E elective. It is a capstone course. Prerequisite(s): ECON 371 and MATH 137, or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 420-L1Appl Dynamic Macroecon LabDays: WTime: 03:30 pm-04:30 pmRoom: CARN 304Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 8 / 20

Details

This course provides a formal, hands-on exposition of modern macroeconomic theory using dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models.  This course counts as a Group E elective. It is a capstone course. Prerequisite(s): ECON 371 and MATH 137, or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 426-01International Economic DevelopmentDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: CARN 107Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 0 / 25

Details

This course will apply the tools of economic analysis to gain an understanding of economic development problems and their solutions. Patterns of economic development in an historical and dynamic context will be examined. The central role of agriculture and the problem of technological change in agriculture will also be examined. Other topics will include neo-classical growth models, domestic and international economic policies, international trade, foreign aid, external debt, technology transfer, rural-urban migration and income distribution. This course counts as a Group E elective. It is a capstone course. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361, ECON 371, and ECON 381. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 444-01Honors SeminarDays: TRTime: 03:00 pm-04:30 pmRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 2 / 15

Details

An honors seminar to enhance the senior capstone requirement. This course counts as a Group E elective. It is a capstone course. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 457-01FinanceDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: CARN 305Instructor: Liang DingAvail./Max.: 1 / 25

Details

This course concentrates on developing and applying economic principles to the decision making process of the firm. Typically the course is taught from the viewpoint of the financial manager of a firm (profit or non-profit). Traditional corporate finance topics will be covered, including: cash flow management, sources of capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and financial structure. Recent theoretical developments in the capital asset pricing model and portfolio theory also will be examined. Actual case studies of financial decision making often are included in the course.  This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 113, ECON 361 and ECON 381. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 481-01Advanced EconometricsDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 17 / 22

Details

This course will introduce advanced topics in applied econometrics. Among other topics, it will examine limited dependent variable models, vector autoregression and advanced time series techniques, simultaneous equations models and the econometrics of panel data estimation. Although the emphasis will be on applied work, the course will also examine the underlying mathematical structure of these estimation methods. This course counts as a Group E elective. It is a capstone course. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361, ECON 371, ECON 381 and MATH 135 or MATH 137 and MATH 236, or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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Spring 2019

Number / SectionNameDaysTimeRoomInstructorAvail. / Max.
ECON 113-01Financial AccountingDays: TRTime: 08:00 am-09:30 amRoom: Instructor: Jeff EvansAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

Accounting is the language of business. One of the objectives of this course is to learn that “language.” The emphasis will be on understanding financial statements both for profit and non-profit organizations. International accounting, ethics and investment decisions are also covered. This course is designed for students who desire an understanding of the elements of accounting as a component of a liberal arts education as well as for those who would like to study further in accounting or business. This course counts as a Group B elective.

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ECON 116-01Organizational LeadershipDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Jeff EvansAvail./Max.: 20 / 20

Details

This course will combine a theoretical background with hands-on experience that will permit a student to begin their career-long development of their leadership talent. The traditional model of a great leader was one that was tough, visionary and determined. Today scholars of leadership have argued that a great leader is self-aware, motivated, empathetic and skilled socially. Which model is right? Are there factors common to all great leaders? We will learn from Aristotle, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackelton’s ill-fated trip to the South Pole, and the latest scholarly research. Extensive use will be made of case studies from the Harvard MBA program and guest speakers. This course counts as a Group B elective.

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ECON 119-01Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: Instructor: Samantha CakirAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-02Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: Instructor: Samantha CakirAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-03Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

Course Materials

ECON 119-04Principles of EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 119-05Principles of EconomicsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: STAFFAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

A one-semester introduction to the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Microeconomics deals with consumers, firms, markets and income distribution. Macroeconomics deals with national income, employment, inflation and money. This course counts as a Group E elective.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 221-01Introduction to International EconomicsDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: Instructor: Felix FriedtAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

This course explores the theoretical foundations and empirical realities of international trade flows, commercial policies (tariffs, quotas, etc.) and international finance. The course emphasizes the welfare implications of international trade and commercial policies and links these to discussion of disputes over international trade agreements. The international finance portion of the course covers the foreign exchange market, balance of payments analysis and an introduction to open economy macroeconomics. Recommended for students majoring in international studies. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

General Education Requirements:

Distribution Requirements:
Social science

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ECON 225-01Comparative Economic SystemsDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

*Cross-listed with INTL 225-01*

Details


This course examines the workings of economic systems from the perspective of the incentives facing the firm and consumer. The course provides an introduction to the economics of information and organization which is used to evaluate resource allocation under the specific institutional environment of different economic systems. Our understanding of the incentive system is then used to evaluate the overall economic system. The focus of the course is primarily on the U.S. economy, Japan and the former Soviet Union/Russia. As time permits the course may examine China, Germany and Central Europe. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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Social science

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ECON 229-01World Economic HistoryDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Pete FerdererAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

Details

This course presents a broad overview of world economic history. It uses concepts and models developed in Principles of Economics to explore how the interplay between geography, institutions, and technology has influenced material living standards from the Stone Age to the present. In particular, we will study the causes and consequences of long-term structural forces such as the agriculture, industrial and informational revolutions, the Malthusian trap and demographic transition, slavery, globalization, and the rise of government. We will also explore more cyclical phenomena such as wars, financial crises, economic depressions and hyper-inflations. Students will learn how economic historians use evidence to make sense of the past and the role economic history plays in guiding current policy debates. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 238-01Introduction to EntrepreneurshipDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Kate ReilingAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course focuses on theories and applications of Entrepreneurship to identify opportunities and solve problems around the world. Students will learn contemporary methodologies used in startup companies and early stage organizations including: Lean Startup and Human Centered Design methodologies and the Business Model Canvas framework. Students spend the semester working in teams to apply the methodologies to identify a problem and develop a solution. For their final project students will prepare a plan for their solution and present it to an external audience. This course is open to those who are interested in social entrepreneurship as well. This course counts as a Group B elective. Note: Not available to students who took Social Entrepreneurship during the fall 2016 semester. Prerequisite(s): ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 256-01Intro to Investment BankingDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: Instructor: Joyce MinorAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course will provide a one semester overview of investment banks. The role of equity capital markets, debt capital markets, research, sales and trading, and investment banking will be covered. Basic corporate finance techniques will be introduced. Current financial issues in the business world will be reviewed. Classroom work, case studies, and outside speakers will be utilized. The key objectives of this course are for students to obtain a solid understanding of the various disciplines within the investment banking field and to prepare themselves for interviews and internships. The course is well suited for students who are contemplating a career in investment banking, banking, or corporate finance. This course counts as a Group B elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 113 and ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 294-01Introduction to Labor EconomicsDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: Instructor: Lucas ThreinenAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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In this course, we will apply the tools of microeconomics that students learned in their introductory course to study the labor market. We’ll develop theories of labor market supply and demand to make predictions, and we will compare those predictions with observed labor market outcomes. We’ll also apply the theory to studying issues like income inequality, labor market discrimination, and the effects of international trade on workers, and to evaluating the effects of possible policy responses. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite: ECON 119.

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ECON 294-03China’s Modern EconomyDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Liang DingAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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Over the past three decades, China has been one of the most dynamic and fastest growing countries in the world. Why has China grown so fast? What are the keys to developing a successful business in China? How does the emergence of China affect the world economy? This course is designed to answer these questions using a general framework developed for the Chinese economy. China remains a communist country with a significant legacy of a command economy. But it is also a market economy. Understanding this mixture – capitalism with Chinese characters – is a major aim of this course.

We will begin with several classes on the historical development of the Chinese economy. This includes the nature of the command economy developed during the Maoist era and the period of economic reform under Deng Xiaoping. Then we will investigate the main players of such an economy (central/local governments and various types of firms). The next step is to analyze the three growth engines–globalization, industrialization and urbanization–and to show how they are interacted. We will also study the distorted state financial system and its implication for external imbalances. The last part of the course will focus on the future of the Chinese economy. This course counts as a group E elective. Prerequisite: ECON 119.

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ECON 356-01Capital MarketsDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: Instructor: Liang DingAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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The structure, operation, regulation and economic role of financial markets and institutions; fundamental security analysis and present-value techniques; forecasts of earnings and analysis of yields on stocks and bonds; the portfolio theory and characteristic lines, betas and mutual-fund ratings; futures and options markets. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 113 and ECON 119. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 361-01Intermediate Microeconomic AnalysisDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: Instructor: Sarah WestAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

*First day attendance required*

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Methodology of economic science; theory of consumer behavior; theory of the firm; market structure and price determination; factor markets and income distribution; general equilibrium analysis; market failure. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): MATH 135 or MATH 137, and one 200-level Economics course from Group E electives. Not open to first-year students except by permission of the instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 361-02Intermediate Microeconomic AnalysisDays: MWFTime: 10:50 am-11:50 amRoom: Instructor: Sarah WestAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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Methodology of economic science; theory of consumer behavior; theory of the firm; market structure and price determination; factor markets and income distribution; general equilibrium analysis; market failure. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): MATH 135 or MATH 137, and one 200-level Economics course from Group E electives. Not open to first-year students except by permission of the instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 371-01Intermediate Macroeconomic AnalysisDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course develops in detail theories of the determination of national income, employment and the price level. The foundations and mechanics of neo-classical and Keynesian models of the aggregate economy are studied and modern syntheses of these approaches are explored. Considerable attention will be paid to current behavior of the national economy. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 371-02Intermediate Macroeconomic AnalysisDays: TRTime: 03:00 pm-04:30 pmRoom: Instructor: Mario Solis-GarciaAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course develops in detail theories of the determination of national income, employment and the price level. The foundations and mechanics of neo-classical and Keynesian models of the aggregate economy are studied and modern syntheses of these approaches are explored. Considerable attention will be paid to current behavior of the national economy. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 381-01Introduction to EconometricsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: CARN 309Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 22 / 22

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This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 381-02Introduction to EconometricsDays: MWFTime: 09:40 am-10:40 amRoom: Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 22 / 22

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This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 381-L1Intro to Econometrics LabDays: WTime: 12:00 pm-01:00 pmRoom: Instructor: Gary KruegerAvail./Max.: 22 / 22

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This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 381-L2Intro to Econometrics LabDays: WTime: 08:30 am-09:30 amRoom: Instructor: Amy DamonAvail./Max.: 22 / 22

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This course investigates the methods economists use to test theories and conduct economic forecasts. This course will provide the student with the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate empirical work in economics and other social sciences. The primary focus of the course is on the final project that consists of a research paper that will integrate library research, economic theory, and econometric analysis. The course will take a “hands on” approach as much as possible with weekly use of the microcomputer in class. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and MATH 155.  C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 394-01Game TheoryDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: Instructor: Lucas ThreinenAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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‘Game Theory’ is the study of situations in which agents’ outcomes depend not only on their own actions, but also on actions taken by others, including situations in which all participants understand this fact and take account of it in their decision making. This course will introduce students to the basic ideas of game theory and some of its applications. We will study models of games in extensive form (games over time) and normal form (simultaneous games), including models in which agents must make decisions under uncertainty, and think about what an ‘equilibrium’ in such situations entails.

The course will highlight applications of game theory to economic analysis, but will also include examples taken from other disciplines such as biology (e.g., evolution of behaviors in a population), political science (e.g., candidate behavior), and additional topics as dictated by student interest. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite: ECON 361 (completed or concurrent registration).

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ECON 405-01Industrial OrganizationDays: MWFTime: 01:10 pm-02:10 pmRoom: Instructor: Samantha CakirAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course will extend beyond the conventional structure-conduct-performance framework of industrial organization to focus on the theoretical models that inform the discipline and their empirical applications. In particular, students will use microeconomics and game theory to study models of imperfect competition and understand the implications for consumer welfare. We will analyze firm behavior and strategic interactions such as price discrimination, predatory pricing, limit pricing and investment under different market structures. We will also discuss various public policies that affect the structure of markets and the behavior of firms, specifically regulation, deregulation and antitrust laws. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and ECON 381, or permission of instructor. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 490-01Behavioral and Experimental EconomicsDays: TRTime: 01:20 pm-02:50 pmRoom: Instructor: Pete FerdererAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

*Cross-listed with PSYC 490-01*

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This course surveys recent developments in behavioral economics and considers applications in labor economics, macroeconomics, finance, public finance, consumer choice, and other areas. Our goal is to draw on recent work in cognitive and evolutionary psychology to better understand human behavior and incorporate these insights into neoclassical reasoning and modeling. This course counts towards the capstone.  This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and ECON 371. C- or higher required for all prerequisites.

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ECON 494-01Multinational CorporationsDays: TRTime: 09:40 am-11:10 amRoom: Instructor: Felix FriedtAvail./Max.: 25 / 25

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This course is comprised of two primary elements: 1) a theoretical component that introduces the more advanced theories of international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) and 2) an applied component that discusses the role of multinational corporations and exporters in shaping globalization. The theories developed in this class include the ‘New Trade Theory’ by Krugman and the more recently developed Melitz model that exposes students to the current paradigm in the international trade literature focused on heterogeneous firm-level analysis. Moving beyond firms engaged in international trade, we will also explore the option of horizontal and vertical FDI to serve foreign markets. These derivations provide a sound platform from which to evaluate the causes and consequences of international trade and FDI and provide a natural transition for contemplating the role of exporting firms and multinational corporations in shaping globalization. Throughout this applied component of the course ,we will examine issues, such as the role of productivity and diversity in entering foreign markets, the labor market effects in home and host countries, the correlation with economic development and inequality, convergence or polarization of global cultures, and issues related to international trade policy and transportation. This course counts as a Group E elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 and ECON 381, or permission of instructor.

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Fall 2018

July 2WednesdayWork Due for Spring 2018 Incompletes
August 30 – Sep 3Thursday – MondayNew Student Orientation
September 4TuesdayUpperclass Validation
September 4TuesdayClasses Begin
September 14FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
September 14FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
October 23TuesdayFollow the Thursday Class Schedule for Fall Break Week
October 25 – 28Thursday – SundayFall Break
October 29MondayFirst day to Designate Grading Option
October 29MondayMid-Term Grades Due
November 9FridayLast Day to Designate Grading Option
November 9FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
November 12 – 30Monday – FridaySpring 2019 Registration
November 21 – 25Wednesday – SundayThanksgiving Break
December 12WednesdayClasses End
December 13 – 14Thursday – FridayStudy Days
December 15 – 19Saturday – WednesdayFinal Examination Period (includes Sat)
December 28FridayFinal Grades Due

 

Spring 2019

January 24ThursdayClasses Begin
January 24ThursdayWork Due for Fall 2018 Incompletes
February 8FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
February 8FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
March 16 – 24Saturday – SundaySpring Break
March 25MondayFirst Day to Designate Grading Option
March 25MondayMid-Term Grades Due
April5Last Day to Designate Grading Option
April 5FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
April 22 – May 3Monday – FridayFall 2019 Registration
May 6 MondayClasses End
May 7 – 8Tuesday – WednesdayStudy Days
May 9 – 13Thursday – MondayFinal Examination Period (includes Sat.)
May 16ThursdayFinal Grades Due
May 18SaturdayBaccalaureate
May 18SaturdayCommencement
July 1MondayWork Due for Spring 2019 Incompletes

 

Academic Calendar 2019-2020

Fall 2019

August 29 – Sep 2Thursday – MondayNew Student Orientation
September 3TuesdayUpperclass Validation
September 3TuesdayClasses Begin
September 13FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
September 13FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
October 22TuesdayFollow the Thursday Class Schedule for Fall Break Week
October 24 – 27Thursday – SundayFall Break
October 28MondayFirst Day to Designate Grading Option
October 28MondayMid-Term Grades Due
November 8FridayLast Day to Designate Grading Option
November 8FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
November 18 – Dec 6Monday – FridaySpring 2020 Registration
November 27 – Dec 1Wednesday – SundayThanksgiving Break
December 11WednesdayClasses End
December 12 – 13Thursday – FridayStudy Days
December 14 – 18Saturday – WednesdayFinal Examination Period (includes Sat)
December 27FridayFinal Grades Due

 

Spring 2020

January 23ThursdayClasses Begin
January 23ThursdayWork Due for Fall 2019 Incompletes
February 7FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
February 7FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
March 14 – 22Saturday – SundaySpring Break
March 23MondayFirst Day to Designate Grading Option
March 23MondayMid-Term Grades Due
April 3FridayLast Day to Designate Grading Option
April 3FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
April 20 – May 1Monday – FridayFall 2020 Registration
May 4MondayClasses End
May 5 – 6Tuesday – WednesdayStudy Days
May 7 – 11Thursday – MondayFinal Examination Period (includes Sat.)
May 14ThursdayFinal Grades Due
May 16SaturdayBaccalaureate
May 16SaturdayCommencement
July 1WednesdayWork Due for Spring 2020 Incompletes

 

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Fall 2020

August 28 – Sept 1Friday – TuesdayNew Student Orientation
September 2WednesdayUpperclass Validation
September 2WednesdayClasses Begin
September 7MondayLabor Day — No Classes
September 11FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
September 11FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
October 20TuesdayFollow the Thursday Class Schedule for Fall Break Week
October 22 – 25Thursday – SundayFall Break
October 26MondayFirst Day to Designate Grading Option
October 26MondayMid-Term Grades Due
November 6FridayLast Day to Designate Grading Option
November 6FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
November 16 – Dec 4Monday – FridaySpring 2021 Registration
November 25 – 29Wednesday – SundayThanksgiving Break
December 11FridayClasses End
December 12 – 14Saturday – MondayStudy Days
December 15 – 18Tuesday – FridayFinal Examination Period
December 29FridayFinal Grades Due

 

Spring 2021

January 21ThursdayClasses Begin
January 21ThursdayWork Due for Fall 2020 Incompletes
February 5FridayLast Day to Register or Validate
February 5FridayLast Day to Add/Drop/Audit a Class
March 13 – 21Saturday – SundaySpring Break
March 22MondayFirst Day to Designate Grading Option
March 22MondayMid-Term Grades Due
April 2FridayLast day to Designate Grading Option
April 2FridayLast Day to Withdraw From a Class
April 19 – 30Monday – FridayFall 2021 Registration
May 3MondayClasses End
May 4 – 5Tuesday – WednesdayStudy Days
May 6 – 10Thursday – MondayFinal Examination Period (includes Sat.)
May 13ThursdayFinal Grades Due
May 15SaturdayBaccalaureate
May 15SaturdayCommencement
July 1WednesdayWork Due for Spring 2021 Incompletes