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ECON 101 : Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis

Prerequisites: None
Description: Basic analysis of prices and markets; consumer behavior; behavior of the firm; factor markets.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 102 : Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis

Prerequisites: None
Description: Basic economic methodology, analysis, and policy; economic institutions, organizations, and industrial structure; the monetary system; measurement, determination, and stability of national income; monetary, fiscal, and balance of payments problems and policies. (Formerly ECON 100.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 301 : Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100], and MATH 226 or equivalent.
Description: Behavior of firms and households in the market economy; production of the firm; determination of costs and prices; income distribution; examination of alternative market structures.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 302 : Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100], and MATH 226 or equivalent.
Description: Determinants of important aggregate economic variables: levels of real and nominal output; rates of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Causes of changes in these variables and consequences of alternative macroeconomic policies. (Formerly ECON 300)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 305 : Economic Analysis for Non-Majors

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Macro- and microeconomic theories and their applications to pricing for the firm and problems related to unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Not open to students who have completed ECON 100 and 101.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

ECON 306 : Economics and the Environment

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ENVS 306. For course description, see ENVS 306. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.) Economics majors may not use this course as an upper division elective.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ECON 311 : Statistical Methods and Interpretation

Prerequisites: MATH 226 or equivalent.
Description: Statistical methods essential in solving economic and business problems; descriptive statistics,probability theory, estimation, inferences, hypothesis testing, and statistical software applications. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 312 : Introduction to Econometrics

Prerequisites: ECON 311 or equivalent.
Description: Applied regression and correlation analysis of variance, time series analysis, and forecasting, index numbers, experimental design and sampling methods, and computer applications using major economic data sources; interpretation of results. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 340 : Economics of Gender

Prerequisites: One semester of economics or consent of instructor.
Description: Economic models to explain household decision-making regarding labor force participation, marriage, fertility, work sharing and resource allocation; discussion of current empirical evidence and policies to alleviate gender bias. Focus on women and children in developing countries.
Units: 3

ECON 400 : Economic and Social History of the United States

Prerequisites: ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or ECON 305.
Description: Economic and social development of the United States. (Fulfills the U.S. History component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [USH]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ECON 450 : Health Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100].
Description: Economic analysis of the US health care system. Supply, demand, and price of health care; cost, access and quality; regulation; health care reform and comparative health systems.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
Units: 3

ECON 474 : History of Labor in the United States

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with HIST/LABR 474. For course description, see HIST 474. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 500 : Money and Banking

Prerequisites: ECON 302 or equivalent.
Description: The roles of the Federal Reserve System, private commercial banks, and the public in the determination of the money supply. Analysis of the level and structure of interest rates. Methods, objectives, and actual consequences of monetary policy; international monetary problems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 501 : Money and Capital Markets

Prerequisites: ECON 302 and ECON 500 or equivalent.
Description: Savings and investments; financial intermediaries; the flow of funds; structure of interest rates; debts, real assets, and the level of economic activity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ECON 505 : Public Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or equivalents, and ECON 301.
Description: Economic analysis of the public sector and its impact on the allocation of resources and distribution of income. Emphasis on the economics of government spending, taxation, and debt management. Paired with ECON 805. Students who have completed ECON 805 may not take ECON 505 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 510 : Labor Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 101 or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the operation of the labor market. Theories of wages, unemployment, unions and income distribution. This course is offered as ECON 510 and LABR 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 511 : Collective Bargaining

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Collective bargaining, legislation; case studies in labor law. This course is offered as ECON 511 and LABR 511. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 512 : Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

Prerequisites: ECON 301 and ECON 311.
Description: Application of economic theory to problems of poverty and discrimination. Examines current structure of income distribution, poverty and empirical evidence on discrimination, and surveys current policy.
Units: 3

ECON 515 : Economics of Crime and Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Economic theory of choice and rationality applied to analysis of crime. Examines social policy to minimize losses due to crime and the costs of crime control. Economics of crime generation, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, and punishment.
Units: 3

ECON 516 : Law and Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or ECON 305.
Description: Application of economics to law and legal institutions. Effects of laws on resource allocation. Public regulation of the market. Antimonopoly, landlord-tenant laws, regulation of business and financial markets, environment, zoning, income and wealth distribution, tort and property law.
Units: 3

ECON 520 : Industrial Organization

Prerequisites: ECON 301.
Description: Determinants/linkages between market structure, firm conduct, and industrial performance; market power, nonlinear pricing, product differentiation, quality and advertising; oligopoly and strategic behavior; firm organization, ownership and control; entry and exit mergers and antitrust. Paired with ECON 820. Students who have completed ECON 820 may not take ECON 520 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 535 : Urban Economics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the economic forces which determine a city's income, employment, land use pattern, industrial structure, and public sector. Particular attention to housing, central city-suburban relationships, transportation, local labor market, local public finance and neighborhood economic development. (Cross listed with USP 535. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 550 : Environmental Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Economic causes and consequences of environmental problems; role of regulatory instruments in mitigating environmental problems; application of economic tools and non-market valuation techniques to analyze local and international environmental policies. Paired with ECON 850. Students who have completed ECON 850 may not take ECON 550 for credit.
Units: 3

ECON 560 : Economics of Growth

Prerequisites: ECON 301 and 302, upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Course examines basic growth models and applies these models to growth in the US, Europe and the World.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 601 : Applied Microeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 301, 302, and ECON 311.
Description: In-depth coverage of selected topics in applied microeconomics. Review of empirical and experimental findings. Techniques of applied research. Paired with ECON 801. Students who have completed ECON 801 may not take ECON 601 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 605 : Seminar: History of Economic Thought

Prerequisites: ECON 301 and ECON 302.
Description: Development of economic thought. Reports and discussions based on the works of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary economics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 611 : International Trade Theory and Policy

Prerequisites: ECON 301 or consent of instructor; upper division standing.
Description: Basic models of trade; Ricardian model, Heckscher-Ohlin model, and newer theories as well as policy applications, tariff and non-tariff barriers, the WTO and regional integration such as NAFTA and the EU. Paired with ECON 811. Students who have completed ECON 611 may not take ECON 811 for credit.
Units: 3

ECON 612 : International Finance and Macroeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 302 or consent of instructor; upper division standing.
Description: Theory and institutions involved in exchange rates and exchange rate regimes, open economy macroeconomics, debt crises, and international institutions such as the IMF and EMU. Paired with ECON 812. Students who have completed ECON 812 may not take ECON 612 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 616 : Experimental Economics and Game Theory

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ECON 301 and MATH 226.
Description: Introduction to the part of the economic theory that explores strategic interactions among economic agents. Game theory is used in the analysis of a number of socio-economic situations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 620 : Economic Development

Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or equivalents.
Description: Comprehensive study of the economic problems, both domestic and international, facing less developed countries. Analysis of the roles of domestic, private, and public sectors as well as international institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and multinational corporations.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Third World Development
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 635 : Economics of Globalization

Prerequisites: ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or consent of instructor.
Description: Economic debate surrounding process of globalization. Economic causes/consequences of market integration: domestic labor markets, international trade and multinationalization production, integration of financial markets. This course is offered as ECON 635 and I R 635. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Globalization and Citizenship in the Americas
  • Segment III Cluster - America and World Affairs
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 640 : Health Economics Analysis and Research

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ECON 301 and 311.
Description: Introduction to heath economics; why health care is different from other goods; analysis of the US health care market; health in development and health evaluation. Paired with ECON 840. Students who have completed ECON 840 may not take ECON 640 for credit. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 675 : Natural Resource Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the economics of natural resources. Models of optimal depletion of nonrenewable resources and optimal use of renewable resources. Model application to energy, forests, fisheries, water, and climate change. Focus on computation solutions using Excel and Mathematica.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

ECON 690 GW : Senior Seminar: Economic Inquiry and Analysis - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; ECON 301, 302, and 312.
Description: Economic analytical methods applied to important economic issues confronting society. Application of theory and methods learned during previous courses. Assessment of ability to employ economic reasoning in discussion, written exercises and reports, and in-class presentations. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student.
Units: 1-3

ECON 701 : Seminar: Microeconomic Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 301, ECON 302, and ECON 615. ECON 615 may be taken concurrently.
Description: Behavior of firms and households; determination of prices and resource allocation in a decentralized economy.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ECON 702 : Seminar: Macroeconomic Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 615, ECON 630, ECON 701, or consent of instructor; graduate standing.
Description: National income and employment determination: income distribution; wages, prices and economic growth; government policy.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 715 : Mathematical Economics

Prerequisites: MATH 226 or equivalent; ECON 301, ECON 302 or equivalent.
Description: Economics presented mathematically. Use of matrix albegra, calculus, difference equations, and differential equations in economic analysis. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. [Formerly ECON 615.]
Units: 3

ECON 731 : Econometric Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100], ECON 312, or equivalents.
Description: Theories of estimation; illustrations of econometric research. Forecasting with econometric models. Computer applications. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. [Formerly ECON 630.]
Units: 3

ECON 801 : Applied Microeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 301, ECON 302, ECON 630, and ECON 701.
Description: Paired with ECON 601. For course description, see ECON 601 . Students who have completed ECON 601 may not take ECON 801 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 805 : Public Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 301, graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with ECON 505. For course description, see ECON 505. Students who have completed ECON 805 may not take ECON 505 for credit.
Units: 3

ECON 811 : International Trade Theory and Policy

Prerequisites: ECON 301 and 302, graduate status, or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with ECON 611. For course description, see ECON 611. Students who have completed ECON 811 may not take ECON 611 for credit.
Units: 3

ECON 812 : International Finance and Macroeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 301, 302, and graduate status.
Description: Paired with ECON 612. For course description, see ECON 612. Students who have completed ECON 812 may not take ECON 612 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 820 : Industrial Organization

Prerequisites: ECON 301, graduate status, or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with ECON 520. For course description, ECON 520. Students who have completed ECON 520 may not take ECON 820 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 825 : Applied Time Series Econometrics

Prerequisites: ECON 715 [formerly ECON 615] and ECON 731 [formerly ECON 630], or equivalents.
Description: Focus on applications of time series econometric modeling with a particular emphasis in the areas of macroeconomic forecasting, financial modeling, and economic issues that require longitudinal analysis. [Formerly ECON 725.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 830 : Advanced Econometric Methods and Applications

Prerequisites: ECON 731 [formerly ECON 630] or consent of instructor.
Description: Advanced theories and applications of cross-sectional and panel data models of Econometrics. [Formerly ECON 730.]
Units: 3

ECON 840 : Health Economics Analysis and Research

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; ECON 701 and ECON 312 or equivalent.
Description: Paired with ECON 640. For course description, see ECON 640. Students who have completed ECON 640 may not take ECON 840 for credit. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 850 : Environmental Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 301, graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with ECON 550. For course description, see ECON 550. Students who have completed ECON 550 may not take ECON 850 for credit.
Units: 3

ECON 851 : Topics in Applied Economics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; ECON 701, ECON 725, ECON 730.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 6 units as topics vary. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

ECON 851 : Experimental Economics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; ECON 701, ECON 725, ECON 730, or consent of instructor.
Description: Economics as experimental science; methods of testing economic theories through controlled experiments; study of behavioral regularities and deviations from classical economic predictions; game-theoretic modeling of economic interactions; testing and refinement of economic mechanisms and institution. Classwork, 2 units; lab, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

ECON 890 : Graduate Seminar in Applied Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 700, ECON 701, graduate status, or consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with ECON 725.
Description: Prepares students for the culminating experience as Masters' students. Students create and develop an applied research topic in conjunction with the Economics faculty.
Units: 3

ECON 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of chair of candidate's committee for the Master of Arts; consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: An investigation of a topic or problem in economics. The student develops the project, organizes and completes the written study, and defends the findings with the committee. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ECON 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: None
Description: Open to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition to department.
Units: 1-3
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