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Economics (ECO)
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Economics (ECO)
Courses
ECO 001 Principles of Economics 4 Credits
A one-semester course in the principles of economics. General topics
covered are: supply and demand; pricing and production decisions
of firms; the role of government in the economy; the determination of
national income; money and banking; monetary and fiscal policy; and
government finance.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 029 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3 Credits
The nature and functions of money. Global money and financial
markets. The role of commercial and central banks. Effects of the
interest rate, exchange rate, and the money supply on the economy.
Examination and evaluation of current and past monetary policies.
Prerequisites: ECO 001
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 045 Statistical Methods 3 Credits
Descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions,
sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, simple
regression and correlation. Note: CBE students may not take MATH
012 as a replacement for ECO 045.
Prerequisites: Must have Excel competency
ECO 105 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis 3 Credits
Determination of prices in terms of the equilibrium of the business
enterprise and consumer choice in markets of varying degrees of
competition; analysis of market structures; determination of wages,
rent, interest and profits. Not available for credit to students who have
taken ECO 146.
Prerequisites: ECO 001 and (MATH 021 or MATH 051 or MATH 081
or MATH 076)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 119 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis 3 Credits
Macroeconomic measurement, theory and policy. The use of
alternative macroeconomic models to analyze the level of national
income, inflation, unemployment, economic growth; the balance of
payments, and exchange rate determination.
Prerequisites: ECO 001
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 146 Applied Microeconomic Analysis 3 Credits
The application of economic analysis to managerial and public policy
decision-making. Not available for credit to students who have taken
ECO 105. Note: MATH 012 does not serve as a pre-requisite for ECO
146.
Prerequisites: (ECO 145 or ECO 045 or PSYC 110 or ISE 111 or
IE 111 or CEE 012 or MATH 231) and (ECO 001) and (MATH 021 or
MATH 031 or MATH 051 or MATH 076 or MATH 097 or MATH 081)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 201 Federal Reserve Challenge Competition 1-3 Credits
To prepare for the Federal Reserve Challenge Competition. Course
may be repeated for credit. Credits are assigned based on role - 1
credit for 1st time researchers, 2 credits for 2nd time researchers,
and 3 credits for speakers. Up to three credits of the course can be
counted toward the economics major, but the course cannot count
toward the economics minor. Department permission is required for
enrollment.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: ECO 119
Can be taken Concurrently: ECO 119
ECO 203 Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for the Poor 3 Credits
Non-technical survey of the global microfinance industry, which
provides financial services to the poor on a large scale, mostly in
developing nations. Historical origins and industry evolution. Nature
and developmental role of microenterprises and informal finance.
Methods and technologies used by microfinance institutions (MFIs).
Case studies of leading MFIs and the lives of their clients. Policy
and regulatory environments. Debates over profiting from the poor,
and over health and environmental goals. Conflicting evidence on
economic and social impact. Meetings with practitioners.
Prerequisites: ECO 001
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 209 Comparative Economic Systems 3 Credits
An analysis of the micro- and macro-economic, institution and political
dimensions of various economic systems, with particular emphasis
on former centrally planned economies in their transition to a market
orientation.
Prerequisites: ECO 001 or ECO 011 or ECO 012
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 211 Introduction to Environmental Economics 3 Credits
An examination of the interactions between our economic systems
and the environment. Pollution as a consequence of human
activity within a framework for analyzing the relationships between
environmental quality, scarcity of resources and economic growth.
How to develop appropriate policies to deal with these issues.
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 235 Labor Economics 3 Credits
The economic analysis of labor markets, with emphasis on labor
supply and demand, wage and employment theory, and the
economics of unionism and other labor market institutions.
Prerequisites: ECO 001 or (ECO 011 and ECO 012) or (ECO 011
and ECO 022) or (ECO 012 and ECO 021)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 245 Statistical Methods II 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Economics 045, and gives broader
coverage of linear regression and the construction of empirical
models. Topics include the analysis of variance, simple and multiple
regression, index numbers, forecasting, nonparametric methods, and
statistical methods for quality control.
Prerequisites: MATH 012 or MATH 231 or ECO 145 or ECO 045
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 246 Business Cycles and Forecasting 3 Credits
A study of short-term business fluctuations, growth, forecasting and
stabilization.
Prerequisites: (ECO 001 or ECO 011 or ECO 012) and (ECO 145 or
MATH 012 or ECO 045 or MATH 231 or SR 111 or PSYC 110) and
(ECO 145 or MATH 012 or MATH 231 or ISE 111 or IE 111 or SR
111)
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 247 Sabermetrics 3 Credits
The class will discuss the development and theory of quantitative
analysis in baseball. Students will be introduced to modern
sabermetric theory and introduced to various data sets, publications,
database skills, and research methods commonly used in the
sabermetric industry. Topics will include hitting, pitching, and
defensive analysis, player valuation and the free agent market, ingame strategy, and the amateur draft.
Prerequisites: ECO 001 and (ECO 045 or PSYC 110 or ISE 111 or
CEE 012 or MATH 231 or MATH 012)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 259 Athletic Complex Design 3 Credits
This course is for students to participate in cross discipline Integrated
Learning Experience (ILE) research projects. The twin purposes of the
course are to provide real-world, team-oriented learning experiences
and to apply economic analysis in evaluating the costs and benefits
of newly proposed, or renovations and expansions of, existing athletic
facilities.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
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Economics (ECO)
ECO 273 Community Consulting Practicum 3 Credits
This course involves teams of students in community-oriented
research projects. The twin purposes of the are to provide real-world,
team-oriented learning experiences and to provide a resource for local
governments and community organizations that would allow them to
draw upon the expertise of our students as consultants in analyzing
problems and formulating policy.
Prerequisites: ECO 001
ECO 274 Supervised Research 1-3 Credits
Apprenticeship in ongoing faculty research program. Literature review,
experimental design, data collection and analysis, and professional
writing under faculty supervision. Consent of faculty sponsor required.
Up to three research credits can be used toward the CAS and CBE
economics majors, and three credits may be used to satisfy the
consulting project requirement of the business economics major.
Supervised research credits may not be applied to the economics
minor.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: ECO 119 or ECO 146 or ECO 245
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 300 Apprentice Teaching 1-3 Credits
ECO 301 Econometric Software 1 Credit
An opportunity to become proficient in the powerful statistical
package, Stata, which which has been widely and heavily used by
economic consulting firms and economists from academia and the
private and public sectors. Students will learn how to utilize Stata to
bridge the gap between source data and final analysis. Working with
World Bank data will provide hands-on, practical experience. Upon
completion of this course students will be able to manage data to
boost their research and analysis skills.
ECO 303 Economic Development 3 Credits
Economic development, economic growth and their political
environment are discussed in detail. The principal economic
development theories are examined. These theories are used to
examine a variety of development issues including planning, poverty,
rural-urban relationships, physical and human capital accumulation,
international trade, and the environment. Emphasis on institutions and
development policy.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 311 Environmental Economics 3 Credits
Resource allocation implications of environmental degradation.
Analysis of the benefits and costs associated with alternative pollution
control programs and strategies.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 314 Energy Economics 3 Credits
The economic theory of natural resource allocation over time.
Economics of exhaustible and renewable resources. Environmental
effects of energy production and consumption. Government
regulation of the energy industry. Computer models for energy system
forecasting and planning.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 315 Industrial Organization 3 Credits
Structure of American industry. Development of economic models
to describe behavior in markets with varying degrees of competition.
Technological innovation, relationship between industry concentration
and rates of return on capital, role of information and advertising,
dynamics of monopoly and oligopoly pricing.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 322 Competitor and Market Analysis 3 Credits
Competitors, partners, and firms and governments strategically
interact. This course uses game theory to analyze issues like pricing
by competitors, vertical integration and contracting issues in supplierbuyer relationships, collective actions and joint ventures, and research
and development programs. Students use both mathematical models
and cases to analyze these interactions.
Prerequisites: (ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146) and (ECO 145
or ECO 045 or MATH 012 or MATH 231 or ISE 111 or IE 111 or SR
111) and (MATH 021 or MATH 031 or MATH 051 or MATH 081 or
MATH 076)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 323 Evolution of Business Strategy 3 Credits
Analyzes how business firms have adapted to changes in technology,
relative factor prices, globalization, and the extent of government
intervention in the market. Material will be presented through
discussion of case studies from the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries.
Prerequisites: (ECO 001)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 324 The Economics of the Sports Industry 3 Credits
This course analyzes the role of basic economic forces in shaping
today’s sports industry. Topics include: competition in the market for
professional franchises; public subsidies for stadiums and arenas;
compensation of professional athletes; the NCAA as an economic
enterprise; and the impact of athletics on a university’s budget.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 325 (MKT 325) Consumer Insights through Data Analysis 3
Credits
Explores marketing analytic approaches aimed to improve the
understanding of customer and customer perceptions thereby
enhancing the effectiveness of marketing decision making and
implementation. Foundational data analysis techniques are examined
in such areas as advertising, customer acquisition and retention
(customer relationship management), segmentation, customer
loyalty, lifetime-value analysis of the customer, pricing, sales force
management, sales promotions and new products. The development,
implementation, and utilization of quantitative models on customer
data are emphasized. Prerequisites as noted below.
Prerequisites: MKT 111 and ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 327 Real Options and Investment Strategy 3 Credits
This is an introductory course in financial economics. It focuses on
the principles underlying financial decision-making, with applications
to stocks, bonds, and real estate. It is intended for students with
strong technical backgrounds who are comfortable with mathematical
arguments. The course is divided into three main parts: deterministic
finance, single-period uncertainty finance, and options theory.
Prerequisites: FIN 323
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 328 (ECE 328) Electricity Systems 3 Credits
The course is intended primarily for students who are interested
in a exploration of the electricity market, its operation and the
main considerations to implement it, in the wake of a smart grid
implementation, with basic college-level calculus.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: ECO 001 and (MATH 023 or ECO 146)
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 332 Monetary-Fiscal Policy 3 Credits
Monetary, credit and fiscal policies of governments and central banks
with particular reference to the policies of the United States Treasury
and the Federal Reserve System.
Prerequisites: ECO 119 or ECO 129 or ECO 029
Attribute/Distribution: SS
Economics (ECO)
ECO 333 The Economics of Business Decisions 3 Credits
Students analyze business problems using economic logic and
techniques like mathematical programming, marginal analysis,
and decision making under risk and uncertainty. New topics like
asymmetric information and the analysis of organizations are
introduced. Case studies are emphasized.
Prerequisites: (ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146) and (ECO 145
or ECO 045 or MATH 012 or MATH 231 or ISE 111 or IE 111 or SR
111) and (MATH 021 or MATH 031 or MATH 051 or MATH 081 or
MATH 076) and ECO 245
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 336 Business and Government 3 Credits
Analysis of government involvement in the private sector. The
problems of monopoly, oligopoly, and externalities in production and
consumption. Optimum responses to market failure and analysis of
the performance of actual government policies.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 339 International Trade 3 Credits
The theory of international trade; the theory of tariffs; United States
commercial policies; the impact of growth and development of the
world economy.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 340 International Finance 3 Credits
The monetary side of an open economy and the financial transactions
that accompany trade in goods and services. Macroeconomic links
among participants in the global economy; currency and financial
crises illustrate how difficult it is for countries to remain insulated from
external shocks. Topics include: balance-of-payments accounting;
exchange-rate models; and macroeconomic policies under different
exchange-rate regimes and capital-mobility assumptions.
Prerequisites: ECO 119
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 342 Economic Development in China 3 Credits
An examination of the economic, political and social forces at work
in the development process in China since 1949. Special emphasis
on post-1978 market reforms, the rural-urban divergence, the role
of foreign trade and investment, the accumulation of human capital,
and the deterioration of the physical environment. Concludes with a
detailed discussion of possible futures of the Chinese economy.
Prerequisites: ECO 303
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 343 European Economic Integration 3 Credits
Study of the problems of economic integration throughout Europe,
especially in the Post-Cold War era among Western, Central and
Eastern European nations.
Prerequisites: ECO 209
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 345 Political-Economy of Iraq 3 Credits
An examination of the economic, political and social forces at work
in Iraq with emphasis on the post-2002 period. Major topics include
petroleum production and transport, corruption, education and
other forms of human capital accumulation in an Islamic state, the
agricultural transition, the rural-urban divergence, the economic
impact of the ongoing conflict, unemployment and underemployment,
poverty and population, the economic and political role of the state
owned enterprises, entrepreneurship and the informal economy,
traditional banking and micro-finance, and the inconsistencies
between current political and economic development policies.
concludes with a discussion of the possible futures for the Iraqi
economy.
Prerequisites: ECO 303 or (ECO 105 and ECO 119)
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ECO 346 Numerical Methods for Business Decisions 3 Credits
This course provides a connection between textbook economics/
finance and the problems of real world business. It emphasizes
practical numerical methods rather than mathematical proofs.
Problems in finance are emphasized. The course teaches students
how to use EXCEL macros and advanced VBA (the industry standard)
programming techniques to model and manipulate financial data.
Prerequisites: FIN 323
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 353 Public Finance: Federal 3 Credits
A course dealing with the expenditures and revenues of the federal
government. Major topics include public choice theory, benefit-cost
analysis, the theory of public goods, the economics of taxation, and
the design of tax structures.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 354 Public Finance: State and Local 3 Credits
A course dealing with the expenditures and revenues of state and
local governments. Major topics include the theory of fiscal federalism,
intergovernmental fiscal transfers, the design of state and local tax
structures, capital budgeting and debt finance, pension funds, and
school finance.
Prerequisites: ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 357 Econometrics 3 Credits
Problems in construction, evaluation and use of econometric models.
Applications based on research and case studies.
Prerequisites: (ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 119 or ECO 146
or MATH 012 or MATH 231 or ISE 111 or IE 111 or SR 111) and
(ECO 245)
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 358 (ISE 358) Game Theory 3 Credits
A mathematical analysis of how people interact in strategic situations.
Applications include strategic pricing, negotiations, voting, contracts
and economic incentives, and environmental issues.
Prerequisites: (ECO 105 or ECO 115 or ECO 146) and (MATH 021
or MATH 031 or MATH 051 or MATH 081 or MATH 076)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 362 Martindale Research Seminar 1-3 Credits
This course prepares students to undertake research on various
topics in business and/or economics. Admission to this course is
limited to student associates of the Martindale Center for the Study of
Private Enterprise. Consent of the instructor is required. This course
does not count towards an Economics major or minor.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 365 Business, Government, and Macroeconomic Policy 3
Credits
This course analyzes particular domestic and foreign macroeconomic
policy episodes. Through the case study method, the provides both
an historical and an international context for understanding current
macroeconomic policy issues.
Prerequisites: ECO 029 or ECO 119
Attribute/Distribution: SS
ECO 367 Applied Microeconometrics 3 Credits
An empirical class with concentration in Applied Microeconometrics.
Its goal is to give you knowledge (various econometrics methods) and
a tool (Stata) to solve real-life problems.
Prerequisites: ECO 245 or ECO 357
ECO 368 Health Economics 3 Credits
Supply and demand in the health service markets for the U.S.
and Canada. Unique features of health care which interfere with
competitive market allocation and pricing. Overview of insurance
systems and other payment methods.
Prerequisites: ECO 145 or ECO 045 or MATH 012 or MATH 231 and
(ECO 105 or ECO 146)
Attribute/Distribution: SS
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Economics (ECO)
ECO 371 Special Topics in Economics 1-3 Credits
Study in various fields of economics, designed for the student who
has a special interest in a subject not included in the regular course
schedule or for the student interested in pursuing a significant
supervised research project in economics. Students interested in
enrolling in this course must submit a written proposal to a member
of the faculty with expertise in the proposed subject area and to
the department chair prior to the registration period for the relevant
semester. This course may count towards the ECO major only once; it
does not count towards the ECO minor.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: (ECO 105 or ECO 146 or ECO 119)
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 416 Econometrics II 3 Credits
Mathematical and statistical specification of economic models.
Statistical estimation and tests of parameters in single and multiple
equation models. Prediction and tests of structural change.
Prerequisites: ECO 415
ECO 389 Honors Project 1-6 Credits
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: ND
ECO 423 Real Options 3 Credits
This is an introductory graduate level course in financial economics.
It is intended for students with strong technical backgrounds who are
comfortable with mathematical arguments. The course is divided into
three major parts: deterministic finance, single-period uncertainty
finance, and options theory and its applications.
Prerequisites: GBUS 420
ECO 401 Basic Statistics for Business and Economics 3 Credits
Descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions,
estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, chi-square
analysis, and analysis of variance. Computer applications.
ECO 402 Managerial Economics 3 Credits
Application of economic and statistical analysis to managerial
decision-making. Business and economic forecasting. Empirical
estimation of demand, production, and cost functions. Resource
allocation and pricing strategies in various market structures.
Decisions under risk and uncertainty. Government regulation of
business cases.
Prerequisites: MATH 021 and (MATH 022 or MATH 096) and
ECO 401
ECO 403 Econometric Software 1 Credit
An opportunity to become proficient in the powerful statistical
package, Stata, which which has been widely and heavily used by
economic consulting firms and economists from academia and the
private and public sectors. Students will learn how to utilize Stata to
bridge the gap between source data and final analysis. Working with
World Bank data will provide hands-on, practical experience. Upon
completion of this course students will be able to manage data to
boost their research and analysis skills.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
ECO 404 Applied Microeconometrics 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to expose students to econometric
techniques frequently used in applied microeconomic research. The
course features critical reading of empirical research papers and the
implementation of econometric methods on actual data sets.
ECO 409 Money, Banking and Macroeconomic Analysis 2 Credits
The role of financial intermediation in the U.S. economy, the process
of money creation, impacts of fiscal and/or monetary policy on the
goals of macroeconomic policy, inflation and unemployment.
ECO 412 Mathematical Economics 3 Credits
Applications of various mathematical techniques in the formation
and development of economic concepts and theories. Consent of
instructor required.
ECO 413 Advanced Microeconomics Analysis 3 Credits
A survey of methods of decision-making at the microeconomic level;
price theory and econometric applications.
Prerequisites: ECO 402
ECO 414 Advanced Topics in Microeconomics 3 Credits
Resource allocation and price determination. Theories of choice of
consumers, firms, and resource owners under various market forms.
Prerequisites: ECO 413
ECO 415 Econometrics I 3 Credits
Computer applications of standard econometric techniques using
regression analysis in a single-equation context. Discussion of
problems of multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity and autocorrelation.
An introduction to simultaneous equation models, identification and
estimation problems.
Prerequisites: ECO 401
ECO 417 Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis 3 Credits
Macroeconomic theory and policy. Emphasis on theoretical models
and policy implications.
ECO 418 Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics 3 Credits
Models of employment, income and growth in monetary economies.
Policies for economic stability and growth.
Prerequisites: ECO 417
ECO 425 Cost-Benefit Analysis 3 Credits
Theory and methods of cost-benefit analysis; efficiency and equity
as criteria in program evaluation; proper measurement of market and
non-market costs and benefits; consideration of risk, uncertainty,
appropriate discounting techniques, and distributional consequences;
applications to the evaluation of health care policies and therapies.
Prerequisites: ECO 402 and (ECO 357 or ECO 415)
ECO 427 Statistical Analysis for Management 2 Credits
Descriptive statistical measures, probability and probability
distributions, statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing),
correlation and regression. EXCEL will be used for statistical
computing.
ECO 429 Monetary Theory 3 Credits
The role of money in the economy from theoretical and empirical
perspectives. The influence of money and prices, interest rates,
output, and employment.
ECO 430 Public Finance 3 Credits
The economics of public spending and taxation; principles of
government debt management; theories of budgeting and cost-benefit
analysis and public choice.
ECO 440 Labor Economics I 3 Credits
The economics of labor markets and various labor-market institutions
with emphasis on current theoretical and empirical research. Topics
include labor supply and demand, human capital, the structure of
labor markets, labor market regulation, information and job search,
labor mobility, unionism, and labor market discrimination.
Prerequisites: ECO 401 and ECO 402
ECO 441 Labor Economics II 3 Credits
An examination of empirical research in labor economics, focusing
on topics such as human resource management and internal
labor market outcomes, wage and income inequality and poverty,
unemployment, and other issues current in the literature.
Prerequisites: ECO 402 and ECO 415
ECO 447 Economic Analysis of Market Competition 3 Credits
Mathematical models based on game theory and industrial
organization. Cases are used to analyze the strategic interaction of
firms and governments as competitors and partners.
Prerequisites: ECO 402
ECO 448 Business Economics 3 Credits
Applications of economic analysis to business decision-making;
technology in economic systems; resource allocation and pricing
strategies in various market structures; decisions under risk and
uncertainty; and government regulation and support of business and
innovation.
ECO 454 Economics of Environmental Management 3 Credits
Economic theory of natural resources. Optimal policies for the
development of renewable and nonrenewable resources and
environmental quality.
Prerequisites: ECO 402
Economics (ECO)
ECO 455 Health Economics I 3 Credits
Economic theory and empirical analysis of health production, the
demand for health services, and health insurance. Implications for
the current institutional structure of health care and health delivery
systems will also be discussed. Additional topics and extensions will
be selected based on developments in the literature.
Prerequisites: ECO 402 and ECO 415
ECO 456 Industrial Organization 3 Credits
The goal of the course is to review theoretical and empirical attempts
by economists to understand market structures lying between the
extremes of perfect competition and monopoly. The course will focus
first on describing the current U.S. industrial structure and reviewing
models of imperfect competition. The course then shifts to a closer
study of individual firm behavior. The final segment of the course is
an overview of two significant relationships between government and
industry caused by the existence of imperfect.
Prerequisites: ECO 415 and ECO 447
ECO 457 Bio-Pharmaceutical Economics 3 Credits
Characteristics of the market for pharmaceuticals; barriers to
entry, competition and innovation; pricing and regulation; physician
prescribing behavior; commercialization and financing of biotech
startups; international comparisons of public policy.
Prerequisites: ECO 401 and ECO 402
ECO 460 Time Series Analysis 3 Credits
Classical decomposition of time series, trend analysis, exponential
smoothing, spectral analysis and Box-Jenkins autoregressive and
moving average methods.
ECO 461 Forecasting 3 Credits
Methods of economic and business forecasting.
ECO 463 Topics in Game Theory 3 Credits
A mathematical analysis of how people interact in strategic situations.
Topics include normal-form and extensive-form representations of
games, various types of equilibrium requirements, the existence and
characterization of equilibria, and mechanism design. The analysis is
applied to micro-economic problems including industrial organization,
inter-national trade, and finance. Must have completed two semesters
of calculus.
Prerequisites: ECO 412 and ECO 413
ECO 464 Applied Econometrics I 3 Credits
This course focuses on the identification of causal relationships using
cross-sectional and panel data. The objectives are to 1) familiarize
students with identification assumptions for causal inference; and 2)
enable students to select appropriate econometric tools for empirical
economic problems and policy evaluation.Topics include robust
inference and bootstrap; instrumental variables and generalized
method of moments (GMM); quantile and nonparametric regression
methods; treatment effect analysis, and models for discrete choices,
panel data, and social interactions.
Prerequisites: ECO 416
ECO 465 Applied Econometrics II 3 Credits
Econometric analysis of skewed and truncated distributions, discrete
outcomes, and missing or incomplete data. The first part of this course
will involve the functional specification and testing of appropriate
estimators in these situations, while the second part of the course
will focus on conducting causal inference using nonlinear models in
the presence of unobserved heterogeneity. Emphasis will be given to
common applications in health and labor economics.
Prerequisites: ECO 416
ECO 466 Health Economics II 3 Credits
Selected topics in the literature on health economics with an emphasis
on the application and evaluation of econometric techniques and
identification strategies. Both demand and supply side issues will be
addressed. Examples of the former include the demand for health,
health insurance and health care services, while examples of the latter
include the regulation of supplier behavior and industrial organization
issues.
Prerequisites: ECO 402 and ECO 416
ECO 472 International Trade Theory 3 Credits
Theories of comparative advantage, factor price equalization, trade
and welfare, tariffs, trade and factor movements.
Prerequisites: ECO 413
ECO 473 International Monetary Economics 3 Credits
Theory of the balance of payments, the microeconomics of
international finance, various approaches to balance-of-payments
adjustments, theories of foreign exchange-rate determination, and
macroeconomic policy under fixed and flexible exchange rates.
Prerequisites: ECO 417
ECO 490 (ENGL 490) Master’s Thesis 0-6 Credits
ECO 492 Special Topics in Economics 1-3 Credits
Extended study of an approved topic not covered in scheduled
courses.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
ECO 493 Doctoral Pre-Dissertation Research Project Independent Study 1-9 Credits
Independent study on a topic that is being pursued to fulfill the third
year paper requirement, and has been approved by the student’s
interim advisor.
ECO 499 Dissertation 1-15 Credits
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
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