Courses in ECONOMICS (DIVISION 358)

A. Introductory Courses

201. Principles of Economics I. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 400. (SS).

Economics 201 concentrates on the microeconomics of the modern economy: how markets function under competitive conditions as well as with various other types of market organization; the distribution of income and wealth; the public sector; socialism; and related topics of current interest. Grades are based largely on course-wide hour tests and the final exam, but there will also be quizzes in the sections. Economics 201 is the first part of the two-term introduction to economics. Both 201 and 202 are required as prerequisites to the concentration and to upper level courses in economics.

202. Principles of Economics II. Econ. 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Econ. 400. (SS).

Economics 201 and 202 are required as prerequisites to the concentration and to upper-level courses in Economics. In Economics 202, the fundamental concepts and theories of macroeconomics are developed and used to analyze problems of current interest. The major concerns of this course are the determinants of GNP, unemployment, inflation, international trade, and economic growth. The section meetings are limited to 35 students.

B. Economic Theory and Statistics

401. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. Econ. 201 and 202, and Math. 115. (SS).

This course deals with the theoretical analysis of consumers, firms, markets, and price determination. The analysis is rigorous, using the tools of algebra, geometry, and elementary calculus in constructing models. Prerequisites include one term of calculus. Economics 401 is a prerequisite for many other courses offered in Economics. Concentrators are required to elect this course and are encouraged to complete it early in their concentration program. It is not recommended that 401 and 402 be taken in the same term. Main lecture will meet twice a week. Sections will meet twice a week. (Gerson)

404. Statistics for Economists. Econ. 201 and 202 and Math. 115. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 405 or Stat. 311, 402, or 412. (Excl).

This course is designed to enable students to read critically empirical literature in economics and other social sciences. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, statistical inference, and regression theory. Data analysis and interpretation of quantitative results will be emphasized. There are three lectures and one problem session per week. Grades are based on problem sets and exams. The course, which is self-contained, does not serve as a prerequisite to Economics 406. Cost:2-3 WL:1 (Howrey)

G. Comparative Economic Systems and National Economies

455. The Economy of the People's Republic of China. Econ. 201 and 202. (Excl).
Section 101: Economy of China.
Analysis of the Chinese Economic System. Topics include: the traditional economy, development before the revolution, central planning, radical economic experiments, issues in industrializations & modernization, the economic reforms. Approximately half the course will focus on the post-reform economy. Hong Kong and Taiwan will be briefly treated. Lecture format with questions, discussion welcome. Grade based on a mid-term and a final exam. Paper required for Graduate credit. Cost:3 WL:1 (Thomas)


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