Faculty Profile

Andrew Farrant

Associate Professor of Economics (2005)

Contact Information

farranta@dickinson.edu

Althouse Hall Room 113
717.245.1872

Bio

Teaching interests include: Monetary Theory and Policy, Political Economy, Microeconomics. Research interests include: Political Economy, British Economic History (1945-1951), 19th century Philosophic Radicalism.

Education

  • B.S., University of London, 1996
  • M.A., George Mason University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2003

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ECON 111 Intro to Microeconomics
A study of the fundamentals of economic analysis and of basic economic institutions, with particular emphasis upon consumer demand and upon the output and pricing decisions of business firms. The implications of actions taken by these decision-makers, operating within various market structures, upon the allocation of resources and the distribution of income are examined. Special attention is given to the sociopolitical environment within which economic decisions are made.

ECON 268 Inter Macroeconomic Theory
Neoclassical theories of economic behavior in the aggregate. Models will be used as a framework for analyzing the determination of the level of national output and for explaining fluctuations in employment, the price level, interest rates, productivity, and the rate of economic growth. Policy proposals will be appraised. Prerequisite: 111 and 112; MATH 170.

ECON 348 International Economics
An analysis of the determinants of international trade patterns, the causes and consequences of public policies to control trade, the operation of the international monetary system, and its effect on national economies. In addition, rich and poor country relationships, theories of imperialism, and the emerging role of multinational corporations are considered. While the neoclassical approach dominates, alternative paradigms will be explored. Prerequisite: 268 and 278.

ECON 375 Mathematical Economics
Selected topic, to be announced prior to registration, in theoretical or applied economics, using mathematical or statistical techniques. Prerequisites: 268 and/or 278 plus MATH 170 or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2018

ECON 112 Intro to Macroeconomics
A study of the fundamentals of economic analysis and of basic economic institutions, with particular emphasis upon national output, employment, and price levels. The monetary and financial system is explored together with problems of economic stability. Monetary and fiscal policy procedures are analyzed and evaluated in light of the current economic climate. Special attention is given to the historical development of major economic institutions.Prerequisite: 111.

ECON 112 Intro to Macroeconomics
A study of the fundamentals of economic analysis and of basic economic institutions, with particular emphasis upon national output, employment, and price levels. The monetary and financial system is explored together with problems of economic stability. Monetary and fiscal policy procedures are analyzed and evaluated in light of the current economic climate. Special attention is given to the historical development of major economic institutions.Prerequisite: 111.

ECON 314 Political Economy
This writing course will examine a number of topics including interest parity, policy under various exchange rate regimes, the classical gold standard, policy credibility and international policy credibility, dollarization, and currency crises past and present.