This is an introductory course in economics. By the end of the term, students will be able to analyze newspaper and magazine articles that involve economic concepts, understand the interactions among consumer choices, business decisions and government policies, and interpret the jargon used by economists and those who write about economic issues. This course will also prepare you to take additional classes in the Department of Economics.
- To Remember A Lecture Better, Take Notes By Hand
- Unpaid Care Work, Women, and GDP
- Real GDP: Adjusting GDP for Price Changes
- Where Does All the Money Go: Shifts in Household Spending Over the Past 30 Years
- Most People in the World Have No Idea How to Manage Their Money
- America Would Happily Pay Uber An Extra $7 Billion
- Paper or plastic? How disposable bag bans, fees and taxes affect consumer behavior
- Alcohol Taxes in the United States, Mapped
- Just Another Factory Closing
- The Creed of Speed
- In Prison, Ramen is the New Cigarettes
Audio and Video
- 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes
- What is productivity?
- The Pickle Problem
- The Syntax of Sin Taxes: Putting It Together to Improve Physical, Social, and Fiscal Health
- Secrets of the potato chip factory
- How Interest Rates Are Set: The Fed’s New Tools Explained
Quizzes and Exams
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ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT STUDENT LEARNING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goal 1: Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory to understand economic issues and policies by:
1.1: Analyzing interactions between human values and economic life;
1.2: Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools; and
1.3: Recognizing the diversity of methodologies practiced in conducting economic analysis.
Goal 2: Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing on those economic issues and policies by:
2.1: Identifying, locating, and assessing the necessary quantitative and non-quantitative information, facts and arguments; and
2.2: Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.
Goal 3: Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively the results of their economic analysis through:
3.1: Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented;
3.2: Effective participation in discussion; and
3.3: For majors, polished oral presentations.