ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
Section: 002 Transportation Policy
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
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Class Misc Info:
Meets January 3-31. (Drop/Add deadline=Jan. 23.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
ECON 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this one-month, one-credit course (3-31 January), the economics of several transportation issues will be discussed. After an introductory first class (3 January), the next 7 classes will deal with the following (tentative for now) topics:

  1. Air Pollution - Emissions Regulation (Equipment Inspection, Taxation, Remote Sensing)
  2. Global Warming - Carbon Dioxide Regulation (Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade)
  3. Oil Dependence - Fuel Regulation (CAFE, Gasoline Taxes, Feebates, Ethanol)
  4. The End of Oil? - Bridging Fuels? Bridging Vehicles?
  5. Congestion and Parking - Congestion Control (Tolls, HOV and HOT Lanes, Van and Car Pooling) and Parking Regulation (Priced?, Mandated?, Employer Subsidy, Cash-Back)
  6. Safety Policies - Required Equipment (Belts, Bags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Child Seats)
  7. Safety Policies - Driver Behavior (Alcohol, Age, Speed, Motorcycle Helmets)

The final class (31 January) will consist of an exam asking you to apply what you have learned to two or three policies that you have not yet seen.

Most classes will begin with a short quiz on that day's reading, many will then move on to a short lecture on theory or history (where needed), and all will largely consist of open-ended discussion of the relevant (proposed or actual) policies. Active student participation in class is essential. ECON 101 is an essential prerequisite.

Each student will also undertake a 5-10 page research paper (a tentative list of topics is available upon request. This paper is due at the last class. The quiz average, the paper grade, and the exam grade will each count one third toward the course grade.

Enrollment in this course is by permission of instructor only. To gain permission, you must meet with the instructor. Email the instructor for an appointment. Make this appointment as soon as possible since the class size will be limited in order to facilitate a seminar-like discussion and atmosphere.

No textbook is needed. The reading assignments are all available to enrolled students on the web.

Note the course times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:10-5:25 PM, 3-31 January ONLY.

ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Meets Jan 3 - March 13 ONLY.
002 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets Jan 3-31 ONLY. Enrollment is by Permission of Instructor ONLY.
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