ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics

Professor: Papadimitriou/Wiles

CRN: 92360

Distribution: A/E/Q

Time: M W 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 202

Cross-listed: CRES
A consideration of the macroeconomic problems of economic analysis-national income determination, the problem of cycles and growth in the contemporary economy-and a discussion of the desirability of continuing economic growth in the future. Current economic policy tools and their use will be studied, including readings in governmental finance, defense spending, and fiscal and monetary policies.

ECON 105 Introduction to Economics: Analysis and Applications

Professor: K. Feder

CRN: 92361

Distribution: A/Q

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 202

Cross-listed: CRES
An introductory course for students not majoring in economics. Serves as a prerequisite for several CRES courses (an alternative to Economics 102). The student will encounter fundamental principles of production and distribution, and will become expert in the use of basic graphical and mathematical methods of analysis. Emphasis is on a wide variety of applications, often but not exclusively tailored to the interests of the CRES student. Topics include marginal analysis; the function of the market system; economic efficiency; determinants of income distribution; macroeconomic stability and growth; economics of natural resources and the environment; urban and regional problems; public finance and the economics of collective choice.

ECON 200 Money and Banking

Professor: D. Papadimitriou

CRN: 92362

Distribution: A

Time: Tu Th 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm ASP 302

The course will focus on the role of money and financial intermediaries in the context of aggregate economic activity. It will explore various forms of interaction involving savers, investors, and regulatory authorities in domestic and international capital markets. The linkage between the financial system and the real economy will be analyzed. Specific functions of central banks, commercial banks, security dealers, investment banks, and other intermediaries will be covered in some detail, with particular emphasis on new markets. Finally, the course will consider the debate over goals, tools, indicators, and effectiveness of monetary policy in light of current national and international economic problems.

ECON 210 History of Economic Thought I

Professor: R. Wiles

CRN: 92363

Distribution: n/a

Time: Tu 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 304

The formation of economic concepts and methods of dealing with economic problems from Greek and Roman writings to the synthesis of Adam Smith. Particular attention will be devoted to the contribution of philosophy to economic thought in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, medieval Scholastics, and physiocratic and mercantilist writers.

ECON 217 Corporation, Society and Public Policy

Professor: R. Wiles

CRN: 92364

Distribution: A

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am ASP 302

Cross-listed: American Studies
An analysis of the industrial structure of the U.S. economy, with special emphasis on the monopolistic and anticompetitive behavior of Big Business and the response of government to this behavior, especially in the area of antitrust policy. The role of the corporation in contemporary society and the changing nature of corporate goals in a mixed economy are also discussed.

ECON 242 Environmental Economics

Professor: K. Feder

CRN: 92365

Distribution: A/E

Time: W F 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm OLIN 202

Cross-listed: CRES
The course will analyze ecological issues and concerns from an economic perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the development of environmental economic theory and the analysis of orthodox and alternative solutions to ecological problems. Specific topics to be covered will include the inter-relationship of the environment and the economy, pollution control strategies, public environmental policy, energy needs and ecological problems, and the steady-state economy. Specific environmental economic issues will also be discussed.

ECON 250 Population Economics and Demography

Professor: G. McCarthy

CRN: 92366

Distribution: A

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 205

Cross-listed: CRES
The course will develop and evaluate theories and measures of population as they pertain to economic and social spheres. The development of theories of population growth, control and their consequences will be traced from Malthus and Marx to Boserup, Simon, and Easterlin. Particular attention will be paid to current population issues--fertility control, famine, ecological consequences of population pressure, and migration. Both domestic and international population policies will be discussed. Domestic issues involve migration and shifting demographics as evidenced by the latest census. International issues focus mainly on fertility control in developing countries. Students should have knowledge of economics on an introductory level, particularly microeconomics. Math skills at the pre-calculus level would be helpful. Readings will be primarily journal articles and excerpts from books.

ECON 304 Intermediate Microeconomics

Professor: K. Feder

CRN: 92367

Distribution: A/E

Time: F 10:00 am - 12:00 pm OLIN 307 W 11:50 am - 12:30 pm HDR

An analysis of theories of price determination and allocation of resources by the market; factor prices, income distribution, and poverty; effects of monopoly and imperfect competition; problems of the consumer society, public goods, and social welfare.