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Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
ECON B105-001 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 LEC: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Stahnke,R.
ECON B105-002 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 119 Stahnke,R.
ECON B105-003 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Dominguez,C.
ECON B200-001 Intermediate Microeconomics Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall F Nutting,A.
ECON B202-001 Intermediate Macroeconomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Ceglowski,J.
ECON B208-001 Labor Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 25 Nutting,A.
ECON B213-001 Taming the Modern Corporation Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 25 Ross,D.
ECON B225-001 Economic Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 224 Dominguez,C.
ECON B253-001 Introduction to Econometrics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Taylor Hall D Stahnke,R.
ECON B313-001 Industrial Organization and Public Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Dalton Hall 212E Ross,D.
ECON B316-001 International Macroeconomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 1 Ceglowski,J.
ECON B396-001 Research Seminar: International Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Dalton Hall 10 Ceglowski,J.
ECON B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ECON B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ECON B425-001 Praxis III: Independent Study Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
ECON B105-001 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 Lecture- TBA: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Nutting,A.
ECON B105-002 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Nutting,A.
ECON B105-003 Introduction to Economics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 119 Dominguez,C.
ECON B200-001 Intermediate Microeconomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 300 Ross,D.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dalton Hall 300
ECON B214-001 Public Finance Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall E Stahnke,R.
ECON B215-001 Urban Economics Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Taylor Hall E Stahnke,R.
ECON B225-001 Economic Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119 Rock,M.
ECON B236-001 The Economics of Globalization Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 2 Dominguez,C.
ECON B242-001 Economics of Local Environmental Programs Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 25 Ross,D.
ECON B253-001 Introduction to Econometrics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 2 Dept. staff, TBA
ECON B304-001 Econometrics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 25 Dominguez,C.
ECON B314-001 The Economics of Social Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 6 Stahnke,R.
ECON B335-001 East Asian Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 6 Rock,M.
ECON B393-001 Research Seminar in Industrial and Environmental Regulation Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Dalton Hall 10 Ross,D.
ECON B395-001 Research Seminar in Economic Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM W Dalton Hall 212A Rock,M.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2014-15 Catalog Data

ECON B105 Introduction to Economics Fall 2014, Spring 2015 An introduction to micro- and macroeconomics: opportunity cost, supply and demand; consumer choice, the firm and output decisions; market structures; efficiency and market failure; the determination of national income, including government spending, money and interest rates; unemployment, inflation and public policy. Prerequisites: Quantitative Readiness Required. Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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ECON B136 Working with Economic Data
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Valuing the Environment Not offered 2014-15 Applies selected principles of economics to the quantitative analysis of economic data; uses spreadsheets and other tools to collect and judge the reliability of economic data. Topics may include measures of income inequality and poverty; unemployment, national income and other measures of economic well-being; cost-benefit of public and private investments; construction of price indices and other government statistics; evaluating economic forecasts; and the economics of personal finance. Prerequisites: Quantitative Readiness Required. Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Cross-listed as CITY B136

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ECON B200 Intermediate Microeconomics Fall 2014, Spring 2015 Systematic development of the analytical framework economists use to explain the behavior of consumers and firms. Determination of price; partial and general equilibria; welfare economics. Application to current economic problems. Prerequisites: ECON B105, MATH B101 (or equivalent), one 200-level applied microeconomics elective.

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ECON B202 Intermediate Macroeconomics Fall 2014 The goal of this course is to provide a thorough understanding of the behavior of the aggregate economy and the likely effects of government stabilization policies. Models of output, inflation, unemployment and interest rates are developed, along with theories of consumption, investment, economic growth, exchange rates and the trade balance. These models are used to analyze the likely macroeconomic effects of fiscal and monetary policies and to explore current macroeconomic issues and problems. Prerequisites: ECON 105, MATH B101 (or equivalent), and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

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ECON B205 Financial Economics Not offered 2014-15 The class covers the economics of how people working in financial markets and intermediaries solve problems associated with: 1) fund raising and 2) risk management. The course covers the emergence of financial markets in history to understand the current financial system, the economics of intertemporal choice, the measurement and management of risk in asset allocation, the capital asset pricing model, the arbitrage pricing theory, derivatives, the economics of banking, capital structure and closes with historical perspectives on financial market crises. Prerequisites: ECON B105 Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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ECON B208 Labor Economics Fall 2014 Analysis of labor markets. Focuses on the economic forces and public policies that determine wage rates, and unemployment. Specific topics include: human capital, family decision marking, discrimination, immigration, technological change, compensating differentials, and signaling. Prerequisite: ECON B105.

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ECON B213 Taming the Modern Corporation Fall 2014 Introduction to the economics of industrial organization and regulation, focusing on policy options for ensuring that corporations enhance economic welfare and the quality of life. Topics include firm behavior in imperfectly competitive markets; theoretical bases of antitrust laws; regulation of product and occupational safety; environmental pollution; and truth in advertising. Prerequisite: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B213

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ECON B214 Public Finance Spring 2015 Analysis of government's role in resource allocation, emphasizing effects of tax and expenditure programs on income distribution and economic efficiency. Topics include sources of inefficiency in markets and possible government responses; federal budget composition; social insurance and antipoverty programs; U.S. tax structure and incidence. Prerequisites: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B214 Counts toward Health Studies

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ECON B215 Urban Economics Spring 2015 Micro- and macroeconomic theory applied to urban economic behavior. Topics include housing and land use; transportation; urban labor markets; urbanization; and demand for and financing of urban services. Prerequisite: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B215

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ECON B225 Economic Development Fall 2014, Spring 2015 Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B225 Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B234 Environmental Economics Not offered 2014-15 Introduction to the use of economic analysis explain the underlying behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate policy responses to them. Topics may include air and water pollution; the economic theory of externalities, public goods and the depletion of resources; cost-benefit analysis; valuing non-market benefits and costs; economic justice; and sustainable development. Prerequisites: ECON B105. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as CITY B234 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ECON B236 The Economics of Globalization Spring 2015 An introduction to international economics through theory, policy issues, and problems. The course surveys international trade and finance, as well as topics in international economics. It investigates why and what a nation trades, the consequences of such trade, the role of trade policy, the behavior and effects of exchange rates, and the macroeconomic implications of trade and capital flows. Topics may include the economics of free trade areas, world financial crises, outsourcing, immigration, and foreign investment. Prerequisites: ECON B105. The course is not open to students who have taken ECON B316 or B348. Cross-listed as CITY B238 Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs Spring 2015 Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basis services. Prerequisite: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B204 Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Praxis Program

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ECON B243 Economic Inequality and Government Policy Choices Not offered 2014-15 This course will examine the U.S. economy and the effects of government policy choices. The class will focus on the potential trade-offs between economic efficiency and greater economic equality. Some of the issues that will be explored include tax, education, and health care policies. Different perspectives on issues will be examined. Prerequisite: ECON B105. Cross-listed as CITY B243

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ECON B253 Introduction to Econometrics Fall 2014, Spring 2015 An introduction to econometric terminology and reasoning. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. Particular emphasis is placed on regression analysis and on the use of data to address economic issues. The required computational techniques are developed as part of the course. Prerequisites: ECON B105 or H101, and H102, and a 200-level elective. Quantitative Methods (QM) Cross-listed as CITY B206

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ECON B255 Financial Markets, Crises and the Public Response Not offered 2014-15 Analysis of macroeconomic financial crises and the effectiveness of alternative public responses through a variety of different perspectives including economic history, the history of economic thought, and recent developments in macroeconomic theory. May not be taken by students who have completed ECON H307. Prerequisites: ECON B105 Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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ECON B304 Econometrics Spring 2015 The econometric theory presented in ECON 203 is further developed and its most important empirical applications are considered. Each student does an empirical research project using multiple regression and other statistical techniques. Prerequisites: ECON 203 or 204 or 253; ECON 200 or both 202 and MATH 201.

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ECON B313 Industrial Organization and Public Policy Fall 2014 The study of the interaction of buyers, sellers and government in imperfectly competitive markets. Prerequisites: ECON 200 and ECON B253 or 304. Writing Intensive

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ECON B314 The Economics of Social Policy Spring 2015 Introduces students to the economic rationale behind government programs and the evaluation of government programs. Topics include health insurance, social security, unemployment and disability insurance, and education. Additionally, the instructor and students will jointly select topics of special interest to the class. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistics to evaluate social policy. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as CITY B314

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ECON B316 International Macroeconomics Fall 2014 Examines the theory of, and current issues in, international macroeconomics and international finance. Considers the role of international factors in macroeconomic performance; policy-making in an open economy; exchange rate systems and exchange rate behavior; international financial integration; and international financial crises. Prerequisites: ECON B202; ECON 253 or 304. Writing Intensive

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ECON B322 Issues in Macroeconomics: Theory, Policy, History Not offered 2014-15 Several timely issues in macroeconomic theory and policy-making are examined in depth. Possible topics include the implications of chronic deficit spending, the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies, growth and productivity. Prerequisites: ECON B253 or 304 and 202.

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ECON B324 The Economics of Discrimination and Inequality Not offered 2014-15 Explores the causes and consequences of discrimination and inequality in economic markets. Topics include economic theories of discrimination and inequality, evidence of contemporary race- and gender-based inequality, detecting discrimination, and identifying sources of racial and gender inequality. Additionally, the instructor and students will jointly select supplementary topics of specific interest to the class. Possible topics include: discrimination in historical markets, disparity in legal treatments, issues of family structure, and education gaps. Prerequisites: At least one 200-level applied microeconomics elective; ECON 253 or 304; ECON 200 or 202. Cross-listed as CITY B334 Counts toward Africana Studies

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ECON B335 East Asian Development Spring 2015 Identifies the core economic and political elements of an East Asian newly industrializing economies (NIEs) development model. Assesses the performance of this development model in Northeast (China, South Korea and Taiwan) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) in a comparative perspective. Considers the debate over the impact of interventionist and selective development policies associated with this model on the development successes and failures of the East Asian NIEs. Evaluates the impact of democratization in several of these polities on both the core development model identified as well as on development performance. Prerequisite:ECON 225; ECON 200 or 202; and ECON 253 or 304; or permission of instructor. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as CITY B336

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ECON B348 International Trade Not offered 2014-15 Study of the major theories offered to explain international trade. Includes analyses of the effects of trade barriers (tariffs, quotas, non-tariff barriers), trade liberalization, and foreign investment by multinational corporations on growth, poverty, inequality, and the environment. Prerequisite: ECON B200.

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ECON B385 Democracy and Development Not offered 2014-15 From 1974 to the late 1990's the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This "third wave," the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990's, democracy's third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304; and one course in Political Science OR Junior or Senior Standing in Political Science OR Permission of the Instructor. Cross-listed as POLS B385 Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice, and Human Rights

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ECON B393 Research Seminar in Industrial and Environmental Regulation Spring 2015 Thesis seminar. Each student does a semester-long research project on a relevant topic of interest. Research topics include the interaction of buyers, sellers, and government in imperfectly competitive markets. Prerequisite: ECON B200; B253 or B304; B234 or B313.

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ECON B395 Research Seminar in Economic Development Spring 2015 Thesis seminar. Each student is expected to engage in a semester long research project on a relevant topic in economic development. The major work product for the seminar is a senior research paper of refereed journal article length. Students are expected to participate in all group meetings and all one-on-one meetings with the professor. This is a course for majors writing a senior thesis in economic development. Prerequisites: ECON 225 or permission of the instructor; ECON B200 or B202; ECON 253 OR 304.

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ECON B396 Research Seminar: International Economics Fall 2014 Thesis seminar. Each student does a semester-long research project on a relevant topic of interest. Research topics in international trade or trade policy, international finance, international macroeconomics, and international economic integration are appropriate. Prerequisites: ECON 316 and 202 or ECON 348 and 200; ECON 253 or 304.

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ECON B403 Supervised Work An economics major may elect to do individual research. A semester-long research paper is required; it satisfies the 300-level research paper requirement. Students who register for 403 must submit an application form before the beginning of the semester (the form is available from the department chair). The permission of both the supervising faculty member and department chair is required.

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ECON B403 Supervised Work An economics major may elect to do individual research. A semester-long research paper is required; it satisfies the 300-level research paper requirement. Students who register for 403 must submit an application form before the beginning of the semester (the form is available from the department chair). The permission of both the supervising faculty member and department chair is required.

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ECON B425 Praxis III: Independent Study Counts toward Praxis Program

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