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    ECONOMICS (ECON)

    ECON 1001 Survey of Economics (3 credits)
    The American economy; rudiments of supply and demand; role of private markets and government policy as related to big business and competition, Social Security, poverty, education, taxation, unemployment, and inflation; monetary and fiscal policies; the global economy; the development of economic ideas. Students who take ECON 1001 and then decide to major in Economics should seek departmental guidance.

    ECON 1031 Introductory Economics I: Microeconomics (3 credits)
    Introduction to microeconomic analysis: supply and demand, the behavior of firms and consumers; how markets work; market failures; policy issues such as taxation regulation, and redistribution of income.

    ECON 1041 Introductory Economics II: Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    Introduction to macroeconomic analysis: General equilibrium, business cycles, inflation, unemployment; national income accounting; monetary and fiscal policy; public debt and social insurance; theories of international trade; long-term growth. Prerequisite: ECON 1031.

    ECON 1051 Macroeconomics, Money and Banking for Non-Majors (3 credits)
    An introduction to Macroeconomics with a special emphasis on financial markets, the banking system, the Federal Reserve, and monetary policy. (No credit toward Economics major or minor).
    Prerequisite: ECON 1031

    ECON 1101 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits)
    Application of indifference curve analysis to private decision making and public policy issues; consumer choice; production and cost; economic efficiency under perfect and imperfect competition; input market, game theory, public goods, and externalities.
    Prerequisite: ECON 1031.

    ECON 1121 Behavioral Economics (3 credits)
    Behavioral Economics is a study of how people make decisions in the real world. It rests on the assumptions about human behavior that reflect the results from psychology, other social sciences and biology (cognitive abilities and emotional responses). Prerequisite: ECON 1031.

    ECON 1170 Contemporary Microeconomic Issues (3 credits)

    Use of economic tools to explore issues of public policy and private decision making. Topics vary by term but may include uncertainty and information in economics, crime, government regulation of business, education, charity, immigration, contracts, discrimination, medical care, transportation, congestion, geographic location, income distribution. Prerequisite: ECON 1031.

    ECON 1177 Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (3 credits)

    Development of models of rational behavior in interactive situations through the theory of non-cooperative, cooperative, and evolutionary games. Game theory is used for decisions and strategy wherever people interact to strike mutually agreeable deals or to resolve conflicts in such diverse fields as international relations, economics, business politics, psychology, philosophy, or even evolutionary biology. Prerequisite: ECON 1031

    ECON 1201 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    National income accounting, national income determination models, consumption functions, investment theory, business cycle theory, stabilization policy, IS-LM analysis, aggregate demand and aggregate supply analysis, rational expectations theory, economic growth and development theories. Prerequisite: ECON 1041

    ECON 1221 Money and Banking (3 credits)
    Nature of money; organization and functioning of the commercial banking system; description of financial markets and financial institutions; hedging instruments, Federal Reserve System and financial intermediaries; national income determination models; inflation; role of money in international finance. Prerequisite: ECON 1041.

    ECON 1301 History of Economic Thought (3 credits)
    Ancient and medieval economic thought, mercantilists and physiocrats, classical and neoclassical schools, institutional school, Keynesian economics.Prerequisite: ECON 1031.

    ECON 1401 U.S. Economic History (3 credits)
    History of the American economy major trends, institutional developments, and public policies that address key problems in U.S. economic history. Topics include the Colonial era, the Early National era, the Reunification era, the world wars and Great Depression, and the post World War II era.

    ECON 1421 Econometrics (3 credits)
    Application of regression techniques to the problem of testing and forecasting in economics. The two variable regression model is fully developed; analysis is extended to consider the multivariate model, functional form issues, dummy variables, and distribution lag models. Covers problems associated with auto-correlation; system models.
    Prerequisites: ECON 1031, STAT 1021.

    ECON 1501 Public Finance (3 credits)
    Role of government in the economy; review of microeconomics; public expenditure analysis; externalities and public goods; public choice; cost benefit analysis; income redistribution and antipoverty programs; economics of social insurance and Social Security; economics of health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and comprehensive reform; principles of taxation; economics of excise taxes; efficiency and equity; economics of the U.S. personal and corporate income tax system; tax reform proposals; consumption taxes (sales tax, value added tax, and flat tax); wealth taxes; economics of deficit finance and the government debt. Prerequisite: ECON 1001 or 1031 or 1041.

    ECON 1601 Economic Development (3 credits)
    An introduction to concepts of economic development and growth, using case studies and student presentations.
    Prerequisite: ECON 1031

    ECON 1701 International Economics (3 credits)
    The theory of international trade, international finance, commercial policy, balance of payments, the foreign exchange market, competitiveness in the global economy, international macroeconomics, and foreign direct investment. Emphasis on the determinants and effects of international linkages, including the roles of consumers, firms, and government policies, in the context of the international economic environment. Prerequisite: ECON 1001 or 1041.

    ECON 2005 Economics of the Law (3 credits)
    The relationship of legal institutions and laws to economic efficiency and social goals, such as justice. Economics of property rights, environmental control, administrative processes, contracts, and liability; public utility and antitrust regulation; individual rights and discrimination. Prerequisite: ECON 1001 or 1031.

    ECON 2201 Labor Economics (3 credits)
    Labor's place in the American economy; factors affecting supply and demand for labor; wage determination; unionism as a response to labor problems; industrial relations; public policy toward labor; worker alienation; history of working conditions in the U.S.Prerequisite: ECON 1001 or ECON 1031.

    ECON 2531 Health Economics (3 credits)
    Application of economic tools and concepts to the analysis of the health-care field. Effects of health care on health, hospital behavior, health workforce supply, demand for health care. Role of demographic changes in healthcare system. Methodology employed by economists to determine the economic losses suffered in cases involving death and disability. Emphasis on the U. S. and its current situation. Comparison with other countries.

    ECON 2701 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
    How managers make decisions about strategic variables that affect firms profits: prices, quantity and quality of final products, technology, spending on research and development, advertising, mergers and acquisitions. Also how these decisions differ under various market structures (e.g. competition, monopoly) and how they can affect these structures.

    ECON 2801 H   Auctions and Market Design (3 credits)
    Introduction to classical findings and recent developments in the theory of market design.  Auctions: the classical theory of auctions in a stylized environment, followed by observation of how difficulties arise and how successfully current attempts deal with these difficulties.  Matching and related issues. We discuss applications including medical residency match, school choice, course allocation, and kidney exchange. Overview of some recent developments in the theory of market design, mostly in the context of matching. Pre-requisites: ECON 1101 and MATH 1412 or 1412H or Dept. permission or consent of instructor 

    ECON 3006 Economics and Ethical Issues (3 credits)
    Comparison of the economic efficiency and Jewish law approaches to business ethics, advertising and promotional activities, business pricing policies, labor relations, fair competition, government regulation of the economy, social welfare, speculation.

    ECON 3501 Economics of the Middle East (3 credits)
    Economic growth of Israel until the Yom Kippur War; stagnancy and inflation since 1974; new economic policies since 1985; Middle East oil, OPEC, and the economies of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Prerequisite: ECON 1001 or 1041.

    ECON 4901, ECON 4902 Independent Study
    See Academic Information and Policies section.

    ECON 4930 Topics in Macroeconomics (3 credits)

    ECON 4931 Topics in Microeconomics (3 credits)

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