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The Department of Economics enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.
ECON200
Principles of Microeconomics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: MATH107 or MATH110; or must have math eligibility of MATH113 or higher.
Credit only granted for: ECON200, AREC240, or AREC250.
Additional information: It is recommended that students complete ECON200 before taking ECON201.
Introduces economic models used to analyze economic behavior by individuals and firms and consequent market outcomes. Applies conceptual analysis to several policy issues and surveys a variety of specific topics within the broad scope of microeconomics.
ECON201
Principles of Macroeconomics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: MATH107 or MATH110; or must have math eligibility of MATH113 or higher.
Recommended: ECON200.
Credit only granted for: ECON201 or ECON205.
An introduction to how market economies behave at the aggregate level. The determination of national income/output and the problems of unemployment inflation, will be examined, along with monetary and fiscal policy.
ECON305
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON200 and ECON201; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (MATH120, MATH130, MATH136, MATH140).
Credit only granted for: ECON305 or ECON325.
Analysis of the determination of national income, employment, and price levels. Discussion of consumption, investment, inflation, and government fiscal and monetary policy.
ECON306
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory & Policy
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON200, AREC250); and minimum grade of C- in ECON201; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (MATH120, MATH130, MATH136, MATH140).
Credit only granted for: ECON306, ECON326, AREC489M, or AREC326.
Analysis of the theories of consumer behavior, producer behavior, different market structures, and various sources of inefficient outcomes. Analysis of microeconomic policies designed to improve market outcomes.
ECON325
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON200 and ECON201; and minimum grade of C- in ECON300 or (MATH241 and any statistics course).
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Science program.
Credit only granted for: ECON305 or ECON325.
Analysis of macroeconomic behavior and policy with emphasis on theoretical rigor. Topics include the determinants of economic growth, unemployment, inflation, and international economic flows.
ECON326
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON200 and ECON201; and minimum grade of C- in ECON300 or (MATH241 and any statistics course).
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Science program.
Credit only granted for: ECON306, ECON326, or AREC326.
Analysis of economic decision-making by individuals and firms, the resulting market outcomes, and applications to real-world problems. Emphasis on analytical logic and theoretical rigor. Topics covered include consumer preferences and utility maximization, perfect competition and market power, uncertainty and risk, externalities, and asymmetric information.
ECON327
Behavioral Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON200 and ECON201.
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Arts program.
Integrating the insights of psychology into economics. Analysis of the ways in which individuals make decisions that systematically depart from the so-called "standard model" of homo economicus, which assumes perfect rationality, perfect selfishness, and perfect willpower. Investigating the implications of the major findings of behavioral economics for policymakers.
ECON330
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ECON200 and ECON201.
The structure of financial institutions and their role in the provision of money and near money. Analysis of the Federal Reserve System, the techniques of central banks, and the control of supply of financial assets in stabilization policy. Relationship of money and credit to economic activity and the price level.
ECON386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: ECON201 and ECON200.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Economics department; and must be in a major within the BSOS-Economics department; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and junior standing or higher.
See Department Advising Office for course eligibility, course requirements, and application information.
Student and internship eligibility requirements, along with the ECON386 application, can be found at: http://ter.ps/ECON386.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ECON399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Economics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: six hours of upper division economics courses.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ECON414
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON306, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, ECON321, STAT400).
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Economics Bachelor of Arts; Economics Bachelor of Science).
Credit only granted for: CMSC474, ECON414, GVPT399A or GVPT390.
Studies the competitive and cooperative behavior that results when several parties find that their individual outcomes are jointly determined. Students will learn how to use game theory to analyze situations of potential conflict. Applications are drawn from economics, business, and political science.
ECON418C
Economic Development of Selected Areas; China
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON306, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, ECON321).

Credit only granted for: ECON418C or AREC447.

An introductory survey course of economic development in China with emphasis on understanding the process of economic reform in mainland China since 1978.
ECON426
Economics of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON305, ECON306, ECON325, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, ECON321).
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Arts program.
Study of how to use cost benefit analysis and other similar tools of applied microeconomics to conduct policy analyses. Cost-benefit analysis is an empirical method of identifying an optimal choice from a set of policy alternatives, where optimal is defined in terms of economic efficiency. Real world examples are addressed, so that students understand limitations of the methods and also interactions of economic analysis with political and administrative processes.
ECON455
Economics of Education Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON306, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, ECON321).
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Arts program.
Credit only granted for: ECON468E or ECON455.
Formerly: ECON468E.
Examines the role that government plays in providing and financing education. Analyzes why people invest in education. Considers the effects of education on long-term social and economic outcomes, the behavior of institutions that produce education, and how to design and implement public policies affecting the level and distribution of educational resources. Uses microeconomic models and empirical findings to analyze current issues in education policy.
ECON461
Economics of Regulation and Antitrust
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON306, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, ECON321).
Restriction: Must be in Economics Bachelor of Arts program.
Considers government intervention in economic activity of three types: antitrust policy, regulation of natural monopolies, and health safety regulation. Covers theoretical models, real-world policy applications, and empirical studies relevant to the impact of regulation.
ECON470
Labor Economics: Theory and Evidence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON306, ECON326); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (ECON230, BMGT230, STAT400, ECON321).
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Economics Bachelor of Arts; Economics Bachelor of Science).
Credit only granted for: ECON470 or ECON471.
Analysis of labor markets in theory and the real world. Topics include labor supply, labor demand, human capital, performance incentives, unemployment, discrimination, and immigration. Students will develop an understanding of how formal economic research is used to analyze U.S. labor markets and how research influences policy debates.
ECON642
Topics in Applied Macroeconomics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in M.Prof.Studies: Applied Economics program; or permission of BSOS-Economics department.
Focus is on applied macroeconomic models used by federal agencies to explain and predict economic behavior. Course emphasizes macroeconomic data: NIPA accounts, GDP, construction and application of CPI, labor force data and economic indicators. Students will also study a selected set of current macroeconomic topics including models of economic growth, economic fluctuations, monetary policy, inflation and financial markets.
ECON644
Empirical Analysis II: Introduction to Economic Models
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON643.
An introduction to econometric methods with applications to public policy analysis. Primary focus on application and interpretation of multiple regression analysis.
ECON671
Economics of Health Care
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: ECON641; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ECON644.
Restriction: Must be in MS Applied Economics program; or with permission from the program director.
Jointly offered with: ECON465.
Credit only granted for: ECON671 or ECON465.
An examination of the structure, conduct and performance of the health care market, including a study of physician services, the pharmaceutical industry, the hospital market and health insurance. Students will analyze markets for health care and related products by examining the incentives and constraints for various participants, including individuals, family units, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance providers. Extensive use of quantitative and analytic economic tools with special emphasis on regulatory responses to market imperfections.
ECON672
Program Analysis and Evaluation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON641 and ECON645.
Students study the tools used to evaluate the effectiveness of public policies. All evaluations have weaknesses, and some have more weaknesses than others. You will learn how to distinguish high from low quality evaluations. We will discuss the basic economics and econometrics of program evaluation, focusing on the application of methods used for causal inference and cost-benefit analyses in public policy contexts. We will examine published evaluation research with the intent of showing how the research does or does not lead to clear conclusions regarding program performance.
ECON677
International Trade and Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON641 and ECON644.
Restriction: Must be in MS Applied Economics program; or with permission from the program director.
A mix of theory and empirical work. Students will analyze the causes and consequences of international trade. The course will cover a set of conceptual tools that are useful for understanding "globalization" and the usage of these tools to address interesting and important questions about how countries, firms, and workers respond to international trade.
ECON698
Selected Topics in Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ECON799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ECON898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
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ECON899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
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