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Faculty Profile

Edward McPhail

Professor of Economics (1998)

Contact Information

Althouse Hall Room 209


  • B.A., Washington University, 1986
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1989
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2001

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

ECON 288 Contending Econ Perspectives
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.

ECON 496 Adv Topics in Economic Theory
Permission of instructor required.This course will cover advanced topics selected from microeconomics and macroeconomics. We will draw examples from game theory, international trade, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics, efficiency wage/contested exchange, neoclassical theory, etc. The course's objectives are to provide an introduction to fundamental microeconomic concepts relevant to the generic problem of coordinating social interactions among autonomous actors, with particular attention paid to conflict, competition, collective action, coordination failures, and the evolution of institutions and norms in capitalist economies. To achieve that end, we will study the appropriate mathematical techniques and build a mathematical toolkit that will enable us to make sense of the relevant literature. Students will master mathematical techniques that will allow them to set up and solve the models discussed in the course. This course covers topics that have occupied the minds of such diverse authors as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Joseph Schumpeter, Armen Alchian, Gary Becker, Ronald Coase, Jon Elster, Frank Knight, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, John Roemer, Amartya Sen, Thomas Schelling, Friedrich Hayek, Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Boyd, Peter Richerson, Garrett Hardin, Robert Sugden, John Maynard Smith, Andrew Schotter, and many others.