ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
Section: 101 Current Issues in Applied Microeconomics
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
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.
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The course will consist of a sequence of capsules. Each capsule presents a current economic issue. Within each capsule students will be required to examine the relevant economic data, read informative background material, and then will be asked in class to analyze carefully both current policy and some alternative policies.

Students are assumed to have passed both introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics (ECON 101 and 102). No mathematics prerequisites are assumed.

Topics covered are:

  • regulating air pollution
  • U.S. anti-dumping tariffs (used to protect U.S. producers from foreign competitors)
  • legislation (lemon laws) intended to inform consumers about the quality of commodities
  • social security and medical insurance
  • U.S. drug markets

No textbook is assigned to this course. Instead students will read a variety of articles on the above topics. The course instructor will make these articles available.

Students will be required to write an analytical essay on four of the topics covered in the course. There will be no final examination. The grade assigned for the course will depend entirely upon the quality of the submitted essays.

ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
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101 (LEC)
TuW 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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