Data Management with Applications (Econ 3357)
This course introduces the basic elements of data collection, cleaning and preparation, as well as statistical principles, methods, and programing for data analysis. It focuses on advanced topics in Excel and introductory SQL to create relational databases, extract information, manipulate and prepare data and perform data analysis with the applications in risk management and financial modeling.
Prerequisites: MATH 1310, Economics majors and minors only.
Monetary Policy (Econ 4385)
Monetary policy affects all aspects of the economy: interest rates, inflation, unemployment, stock prices, and even income inequality. The Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, which sets monetary policy, is often called the second most powerful person in the United States. The course will consider how monetary policy is conducted in the United States and other countries, with particular attention to developments since the Financial Crisis and Great Recession of 2008.
Prerequisite: Econ 3334
Social Economics (Econ 4345)
In this course, we will extend our basic tools of economic analysis to explore a variety of social phenomena that are key elements of our day to day lives. Instead of treating people as individual actors making decisions in isolation from each other, we will explicitly consider the roles of interactions between members of a society. Main topics covered are social learning, norms and conformity; identity, culture and status; peer effects and sorting and segregation
Prerequisite: Econ 3332
Political Economy (temporary course number Econ 4389)
This class uses the language of economics (precise arguments based on mathematical models and statistical analysis) to study politics. We will use this language to talk about a broad set of topics including why people vote, whether politicians matter and whose interests they represent, the role of the media, corruption, and whether there is too much or too little lobbying. You will learn tools and facts allowing you to think about the nuances of policy making and politics, and engage in sophisticated arguments about them.
Prerequisite: Econ 3332 and ECON 2370