ECON 490 - Topics in Microeconomics
Fall 2022, Section 100 - Ethics in Economic Behavior
Instruction Mode: Section 100 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
ECON 401 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); OR Graduate standing.
Advisory Prerequisites:
STATS 250, or ECON 249, or STATS 426, or ECON 451. Students are not permitted to elect the same topic multiple times.
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course takes to heart the basic principle that people respond to incentives and explores the implications of this observation using tools from microeconomic theory often paired with insights from behavioral economics. The subject matter lies at the intersection of economics and philosophy and we will examine basic elements of ethical theory to add another layer of analysis. We will consider the welfare and policy implications of topics such as price gouging, sweatshops, fair-trade, minimum wage, pollution, corruption, whistle-blowing, self-deception among others through lecture and class discussion based on assigned readings.

Course Requirements:

Students will complete a research project culminating in a paper and poster presentation.

Class Format:

In person lecture


ECON 490 - Topics in Microeconomics
Schedule Listing
100 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
200 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
201 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
202 (DIS)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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