Potential majors and minors should take a 100-level course in the first year. Some 100-level courses fulfill requirements only if taken prior to ECO 202. Some 200-level electives fulfill requirements only if taken before ECO 203.
Since most economics courses have prerequisites, students should contact a member of the Department of Economics for academic advice in the first year to plan their course of study.
Examines the role of economic rhetoric in shaping popular understanding of economics and public policy. Surveys institutions producing pop‐economic knowledge from education to media, paying particular attention to the various interpretations of the current economic crisis. Consider the following quote: "The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists." (Joan Robinson, 1955)
An interdisciplinary seminar applying film studies to economic themes portrayed in the arts. Features a diverse selection of classic and recent films, discusses the economic issues they address, and analyzes the artistic devices used to convey those issues. As a final project, students will create and present a proposal for a movie including a synopsis of the story, its economic context, and an analysis of the ways it would express social‐economic issues.
This course examines the economics of piracy from the high seas to DVDs. We will explore the economic motivations and rationale for, and impact of, piracy in historical and contemporary periods. We will also explore how piracy has evolved as a process alongside changing understandings of property rights. Finally, we will examine closely the economic impacts of digital piracy and intellectual property rights as currently codified in the WTO (World Trade Organization).
The course will trace the evolution of economic institutions from antiquity to the present as they relate to conflicts and war. We will particularly focus on the economic history of the United States and its conflicts. Our primary tool with which to interpret and understand the histories we encounter will be studying the relevant economic interest group considerations that motivate social processes, traditions, and structures. Throughout the course, this approach will be applied to several major historical conflicts, concentrating on those particularly relevant to our understanding of current debates. These will include the Crusades and other religious wars, colonialism and neocolonialism, the Cold War, several conflicts in the Middle East, and the political economy of oil and war in general. We will explicitly tell the story from the perspective of politically and economically weak groups (Native Americans, poor, Africans, immigrants, foreigners, savages, heathen, primitives, workers, labor unions, etc.). Finally, the course will focus less on technical models than on the way ideas are shaped by history, and how, in turn, history is shaped by ideas.
This course provides historical background to the Soviet and East European economies between 1950-1990; institutional features of Soviet type economies (balanced planning, pricing, success indicators, etc); patterns of economic performance under communism; conceptual approaches to transformation and elements in the process of transformation; development of capital markets; foreign investment; EU enlargement; case studies of national strategies and outcomes.
This course investigates how globalization interrelates with gender norms and socioeconomic outcomes. It considers economic, political and cultural processes of globalization while exploring topics such as the effects of globalization on labor markets, migration, inequality, and international finance from a gender-based perspective. The course examines the social and economic impacts of increasingly mobile capital and culture on different groups of men, women, and households.
This course is about the relationship between gender and economic development in Latin America. We examine the evolution of women's property rights, access to resources and employment, and socio-economic position. We use economic tools to understand the role that gender plays in various development models as well as in the analysis of poverty, inequality, credit, land, and labor markets. The course then looks at the impact of economic change and economic development on gender, families and the household, as well as women's responses to such changes via movements for social and gender justice. Finally, we examine 'post-development' feminist alternatives to modernization that are emerging from the Global South.
This course is an application of economic reasoning to organization, delivery, and cost of health care services in the United States (US). The first part of the course will examine the supply and demand of health care, the market for health care professionals, health providers and health insurance, and the role of government in the health care market. The second part of the course will emphasize comparative analysis of health care financing and delivery in several industrialized nations. Students will compare the performance of the US health care system to other nations, consider possibilities for health care reform in the US, and discuss the relative merits of current reform efforts.
Explores the history of international financial regimes and considers balance-of-payments adjustment mechanisms and their impact on national economies. Looks at alternative exchange-rate regimes, international movements of capital, foreign-exchange intervention, impact of exchange-rate variations, and objectives and effects of international monetary standards and financial institutions.
This course provides an overview of the economic development of Latin America. After a brief introduction to the general topic we will spend the first part of the class on historical perspectives of Latin American economic development, especially its colonial legacy. We then review the rise of economic development theory post World War II with particular attention to heterodox theories and those originating from Latin America. The latter sections will focus on debt crises, stabilization policies, trade and development, followed by the agricultural sector and issues of gender, inequality and rural poverty. We conclude with a look at contemporary alternatives to mainstream development theory.
Many economists have heralded markets as institutions that promote individual freedom, expansion of wealth and social harmony; others have condemned them for generating avarice, economic inequality and social dissolution. The controversy surrounding globalization reflects this debate. Consequentially, this course pursues two primary objectives: to explore the controversy surrounding what the marketplace entails for society in general and to evaluate critically the impact of market integration on a global level.