Fall 2017 Course Descriptions for Economics

ECO 202 Introduction to Economics in Historical Perspective
Any analysis of contemporary societies requires some degree of familiarity with the history, concepts, tools, assumptions, policies, and philosophical positions that together describe the economy and it's evolution over time. In the words of one of my favorite economists: "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) Suitable for non-majors.

ECO 304 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Uses mathematical and graphical techniques to analyze behavior and relationships among broad aggregates of economic activity. Topics include discussion of economic policy, policy alternatives, and alternative economic models of macroeconomy. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 306 Monetary Economics
Examines financial markets and institutions, monetary theory, and macroeconomic implications. Charts the relationship between Federal Reserve and depository institutions, as well as the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on economic performance. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 325 Distribution of Income and Wealth
Studies distribution of income and wealth among families and individuals by race, sex, age, occupation, and class in the U.S. and other countries. Offers alternative theories and views on how best to achieve desirable distribution with public policy tools. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 370 Economics of Piracy
From the high seas to digital video discs (DVDs), piracy surrounds us. Piracy evolves with changing technology and legal innovations. Explores economic implications of, and rationale for, piracy in detail. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 371 International Economic History
Traces the evolution of economic institutions from antiquity to the present. Applies diverse approaches to understand historical processes and structures, concentrating on those relevant to current debates. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.