ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
Section: 001 Transportation Policy
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
Minicourse, Theme
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Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/2-10/23. (Drop/Add deadline=09/22/08*)..
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 two-credit course (2 September – 30 October), many transportation policy issues will be addressed. A tentative list of topics:

  1. The Costs of Driving — Private, External, Fixed, Variable, Explicit, Implicit
  2. Air Pollution — Leaded Gasoline Phase-Out, Emissions Regulation
  3. Global Warming — CFC Negotiation, Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade Systems
  4. Oil Dependence — CAFE, Gas Guzzler Taxes, Feebates, Ethanol
  5. Running Out of Oil? — Bridging Fuels? Bridging Vehicles?
  6. Congestion — Tolls, HOV and HOT Lanes, Van and Car Pooling, Roads
  7. Parking — Subsidized, “Free”, Metered, Mandated
  8. Mass Intra-City Transit — Bus, Light Rail
  9. Freight Transportation — Trucks, Trains, Ships
  10. Safety — Mandated Equipment (Belts/Airbags, Child Seats, Motorcycle Helmets)
  11. Safety — Driver Behavior (Alcohol, Age, Speed, Insurance)
  12. Water Pollution — Oil Spills, Stormwater Runoff, LUST
The classes will usually consist of
  1. a short quiz to ensure that you have done the reading for the day,
  2. a short lecture if the technical material suggests it, and
  3. an hour (or so) of class discussion of actual and potential policies.

ECON 101 (or equivalent) is an essential prerequisite. Each student will also undertake a 10-20 page research paper (tentative list of topics available on request — email The final few classes will be devoted to short classroom discussions of each paper (led by each author). In the final class (30 October), the finished paper is due, and there will be an exam at that time asking you to apply what you have learned to transportation policies you have not yet seen.

ECON 395 - Topics in Economics and Economic Policy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
4Fr or So or Jr
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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