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ECON 1A: Introductory Economics A

The economic way of thinking and the functioning of a market economy. The behavior of consumers and firms, markets for goods and inputs, and principles of international exchange. Applications and policy issues in economics.
Terms: Aut, Win, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ECON 1B: Introductory Economics B

Aggregate economic relationships, including output, employment, inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates. Short-run fluctuations and long-run growth. Issues in monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: 1A.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ECON 10: Silicon Valley Meets Wall Street

Seminar in applied economics with focus on the microcosm of Silicon Valley, how growth companies are originated, managed and financed from start-up to IPO. Round-table discussion format. Applicable to those students with an interest in technical innovation and business development. Enrollment limited to 10 students; selection based on short application. Priority given to juniors and seniors majoring in in Economics or Engineering.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Shanahan, T. (PI)

ECON 11N: Understanding the Welfare System

Preference to freshmen. Welfare reform legislation and the devolution revolution. The transfer of responsibility for antipoverty programs to the states. How recent reforms change the welfare system and who is likely to be affected. Food stamps, AFDC, TANF, SSI, and Medicaid. Income transfer programs such as earned income tax credit and income taxes, and labor market regulations such as minimum wages and overtime rules. Economic principles to understand the effectiveness of these programs and their consequences on the behavior of families. Pre- or corequisite: ECON 1. Recommended: basic understanding of labor markets, taxes, and transfers.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: MaCurdy, T. (PI)

ECON 13SC: Economic Policies of the Presidential Candidates

This course will look at the performance of the economy over the past twenty years with particular attention to the past four years. Macro-economic data such as the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, the rate of productivity growth, and the budget deficit will be reviewed. The performance of financial markets will be examined, along with issues such as job creation and the outsourcing of work overseas. The economic outlook and budget documents of the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget will be evaluated. There will be some emphasis on such spending categories as Social Security, Medicare, and defense. We will include a brief overview of U.S. tax policies. With this overview of the economy and its problems as a backdrop, we will invite the economic advisors of the two major presidential candidates to address the class. We will take a trip to Washington D.C. and meet with political and economic policy leaders. There will be a required paper and an oral presentation in which students evaluate particular programs or proposals. We will try to avoid strictly political debates and stick to economic and political economy analyses.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

ECON 17N: Energy, the Environment, and the Economy

Preference to freshmen. The relationship between environmental quality and production and consumption of energy. Can environmentally-friendly energy production and consumption compete with conventional sources? How to estimate and compare environmental impact costs of nonrenewable sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear power versus renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Implicit subsidies in conventional energy sources and the environmental costs of these subsidies. Regulatory and legal barriers to more environmentally friendly energy sources.
Terms: Spr | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Wolak, F. (PI)

ECON 21N: Economic Inequality

Addresses elementary and yet fundamental issues regarding economic inequality including inequality of what?; inequality among whom?; how is inequality measured?; how has inequality changed int he U.S.?; how does inequality in the U.S. compare with inequality elsewhere?; why is inequality what it is and what accounts for changes and differences in inequality? What is the line between taxes and inequality, parents and inequality, and how does poverty relate to inequality? Classroom participation and presentation play an important part in this class. Prerequisites: Econ 1 recommended.
Terms: Win | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ECON 22SI: Investing for the Future

Introduction to buying and selling stocks, bonds, mutual funds, currencies, futures, and options. Personal investment vehicles and strategies; tools for analyzing and evaluating companies; personal retirement planning. (Staff)
Terms: Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Rutten, A. (PI)

ECON 50: Economic Analysis I

Individual consumer and firm behavior under perfect competition. The role of markets and prices in a decentralized economy. Monopoly in partial equilibrium. Economic tools developed from multivariable calculus using partial differentiation and techniques for constrained and unconstrained optimization. Prerequisites: 1A and MATH 51(must be taken for a letter grade).
Terms: Aut, Spr, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Math, WAY-FR, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ECON 51: Economic Analysis II

Neoclassical analysis of general equilibrium, welfare economics, imperfect competition, externalities and public goods, intertemporal choice and asset markets, risk and uncertainty, game theory, adverse selection, and moral hazard. Multivariate calculus is used. Prerequisite: 50.
Terms: Aut, Win, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-FR, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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