Spring 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ECON 111-01 Introduction to Microeconomics
Instructor: Tricia Hawks
Course Description:
To accommodate classroom capacities, Professor will split the class, posting lectures online and using the class time to complete a problems tutorial for half of the class on Monday and the other half on Thursday. She will post detailed answer keys for remote students. 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.
1330:MR   DIST
ECON 111-02 Introduction to Microeconomics
Instructor: Sohani Fatehin
Course Description:
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.
1030:F   DIST
ECON 112-01 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Instructor: Edward McPhail
Course Description:
As class size and conditions dictate this course will use a mix of meeting in person, screencasts, and zoom sessions. 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.
0830:MWF   ALTHSE 207
ECON 112-02 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Instructor: Edward McPhail
Course Description:
As class size and conditions dictate this course will use a mix of meeting in person, screencasts, and zoom sessions. 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.
0930:MWF   ALTHSE 207
ECON 112-03 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Instructor: Sohani Fatehin
Course Description:
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.
1130:F   DIST
ECON 222-01 Environmental Economics
Instructor: Nicky Tynan
Course Description:
Depending on the distribution of students (on or off campus), these classes will be in-person or synchronous remote. A study of human production and consumption activities as they affect the natural and human environmental systems and as they are affected by those systems. The economic behavioral patterns associated with the market economy are scrutinized in order to reveal the biases in the decision-making process which may contribute to the deterioration of the resource base and of the quality of life in general. External costs and benefits, technological impacts, limits to economic growth, and issues of income and wealth distribution are examined. A range of potential policy measures, some consistent with our life style and some not, are evaluated. Prerequisite: 111.
1130:MWF   ALTHSE 201
ECON 228-01 Economic Analysis of Policy
Instructor: Tricia Hawks
Course Description:
Professor will do lectures remotely and use the class time as a problem solving tutorial. She will post detailed answer keys of all problems for online students to view. Thus she will split the class in half teaching only 12-13 at a time. This course introduces the basic economic techniques used in the analysis of public policy and applies these techniques to a variety of social problems and policies. The economic techniques taught include the analysis of market failure, benefit-cost analysis, and economic impact analysis. Applied topics vary, but are likely to include education and job training, public assistance, transportation policy, and environmental protection. Prerequisite: 111 or permission of the instructor.
1500:MR   DIST
ECON 247-01 Money and Banking
Instructor: Andrew Farrant
Course Description:
A study of the role of money and credit in the U.S. economy. The nature of money, the structure of the banking system in the context of a rapidly changing financial institutional environment, and the Federal Reserve System are examined. Various theories of money as guides to monetary policy are compared and contrasted. Neoclassical approaches will predominate, although some alternative approaches will be explored. Prerequisite: 112.
1330:F   DIST
ECON 268-01 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Instructor: Emily Marshall
Course Description:
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.
1330:MR   DIST
ECON 268-02 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Instructor: Emily Marshall
Course Description:
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.
1500:MR   DIST
ECON 278-01 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Instructor: Xiaozhou Ding
Course Description:
Neoclassical theory of relative prices of commodities and productive services under perfect and imperfect competition. The role of prices in the allocation and distribution of resources and commodities. Economic behavior of individual economic units like consumers, firms, and resource owners. Prerequisite: 111 and MATH 170.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 201
ECON 288-01 Contending Economic Perspectives
Instructor: Ebru Kongar
Course Description:
A study of major heterodox economic theories such as Marxian, institutional, feminist, post-Keynesian, or Austrian economics. Students will study these contending economic perspectives through their historical evolution, methods and theoretical structures, and/or current policy debates. Prerequisites: 111 and 112.
0900:TR   DIST
ECON 314-01 Gender and Development
Instructor: Ebru Kongar
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 302-01 and INST 290-04. This course examines the gender dimensions of economic development and globalization from the perspective of feminist economics. This perspective implies foregrounding labor, broadly defined to include paid and unpaid work, and examining gender differences in work, access to resources, and wellbeing outcomes, and how these are affected by macroeconomic policies and how gender inequalities are relevant for societal wellbeing. Since the early 1980s economic globalization has been achieved on the basis of a common set of macroeconomic policies pursued in industrial and developing countries alike. These policies frame both the gender-differentiated impacts of policy and the initiatives that are implemented to reduce inequalities between men and women. The main objective of the course is to examine the impact of these policies on men and women in the global South (a.k.a. developing countries/Third World) on gender inequalities and to evaluate the policies/strategies for reducing gender inequalities and promoting the well-being of all people. The pursuit of these objectives will entail first a brief examination of the central tenets of feminist economics and an historical overview of the policy-oriented field of gender and development. Gender-differentiated statistics will be reviewed as they pertain to the topics under discussion.
1030:TR   DIST
ECON 314-02 Applied Empirical Data Analysis
Instructor: Steve Erfle
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 300-02.Students will be required to be synchronous due to how the class is taught. This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake their own empirical investigation on topics of their choice. Students are welcome to use the information that I have gathered but they are also encouraged to obtain and analyze data of their choosing, subject to professor approval. Students have access to start of year and end of year physical activity and stature measures for more than 10,000 middle school students, two thirds of whom had daily PE, as well as school district level data for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This course will analyze the data obtained from this program. Students will learn how to use SPSS and Arc-GIS throughout the course of the semester. The class culminates in presenting your own findings in a poster presentation that is open to the public.
1230:W   DIST
ECON 353-01 The Economics of Labor
Instructor: Xiaozhou Ding
Course Description:
An analysis of labor market issues and policies. Topics covered include discrimination, anti-discrimination policy, the minimum wage, health and safety policy, and other labor market policies and institutions. While the neoclassical approach dominates, other approaches will be explored. Prerequisite: 278 or permission of the instructor.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 201
ECON 373-01 History of Economic Thought
Instructor: Edward McPhail
Course Description:
As class size and conditions dictate this course will use a mix of meeting in person, screencasts, and zoom sessions. This course provides an appraisal of the origins and evolution of selected economic theories, primarily through the works of great economists of the past. Past economic works are analyzed in their theoretical and historical context. Prerequisites: 268, 278 and 288.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 207
ECON 398-01 Advanced Econometrics
Instructor: Anthony Underwood
Course Description:
This course covers some advanced topics in applied econometrics. Students will apply multiple regression analysis to both cross-sectional and longitudinal (panel) data to familiarize students with a variety of advanced econometric techniques including instrumental variable analysis, differences-in-differences methods, limited dependent variable models, and dynamic panel analysis. Students will conduct individual empirical research projects using Stata, or other statistical analysis software widely used in economics, to enable students to understand and apply the conventions of empirical research in economics. We will cover elements of technical writing, reviewing existing literature, data collection and organization, and file management for complete transparency and reproducibility. Prerequisites: 268 or 278, and 298.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 204
ECON 496-01 International Monetary Economics
Instructor: Andrew Farrant
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. This seminar will examine a variety of topics including the theory of interest parity, economic policy under various exchange rate regimes, the classical gold standard, policy credibility and international policy credibility, currency boards, dollarization, and currency crises past and present.
1500:F   DIST
ECON 496-02 Political Economy of Health
Instructor: Ebru Kongar
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. In a world of unprecedented wealth, the average life-expectancy in some parts of the world is as low as 49 years. Almost 2 million children die each year because they lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation. 100 million women are not alive today due to unequal access to nutrition, care and economic resources. In the United States, infant mortality rates are significantly higher among African-Americans. What are the political and economic conditions which lead to these differences in well-being across and within nations? In this course, students will examine the relationships between health and political and economic conditions world populations face today. The emphasis throughout the course will be on how socioeconomic inequalities based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, nationality and other social categories affect health and well-being outcomes.
1330:W   DIST
ECON 496-03 Economic History of the United States
Instructor: Nicky Tynan
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.This seminar introduces you to the study of economic history through the reading and discussion of seminal articles U.S. economy history. We will explore the historical roots of current economic issues, such as changes in standards of living, technological change, income and wealth inequality, racial and gender differences in earnings and employment, causes and consequences of the Great Depression, the growth of government, education, social programs, infrastructure investment, and immigration. Readings also illustrate the role of econometric analysis in improving our understanding of the past. Each student will select one topic to explore in greater depth for a brief research paper and presentation.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 110
ECON 496-04 Economic Demography and Sustainable Development
Instructor: Anthony Underwood
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. Demography is the study of the determinants and consequences of population change. It is concerned with effectively everything that influences or can be influenced by population size, population growth or decline, population processes, population spatial distribution, population structure, and population characteristics. As we go from the historical pattern of high birth and death rates to the increasingly common pattern of low birth and death rates, we pass through the demographic transition. This is actually a whole set of transitions relating to changes in health and mortality, fertility, migration, age structure, urbanization, and family and household structure. Each of these separate, but interrelated, changes have serious consequences for the way societies and economies work and the natural environment they are built upon. Thus, the objectives of this course are threefold: (1) to develop knowledge of the underlying demographic theories explaining these transitions; (2) to use this knowledge to understand the interrelationships between these transitions; and (3) to determine the implications of these transitions for sustainable development, that is, for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Some questions we will consider include (but are not limited to): Why are so many adults living alone? Why are women having fewer babies? What impact do sub-replacement birth rates have on economies and societies? What role do the rights of women have in demographic transitions? Why are adults waiting so long to get married or not getting married at all? What happens when the population ages? Why are more and more people choosing to live in cities? Is this expected growth of cities sustainable? Often for familiarity and simplicity we will use data and readings focused on the United States, but since these transitions have evolved in ways that vary from one part of the world to another, this course will often have a necessarily international focus. Naturally, given the expansive subject matter, this course will require much from you it is reading and writing intensive.
1330:T   ALTHSE 110
ECON 500-01 Exploring Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Models in Macroeconomics
Instructor: Emily Marshall
Course Description:
 
ECON 560-01 The Effects of the Great Recession on Competitiveness and Selectivity of Post-Secondary Institutions
Instructor: Emily Marshall
Course Description: