Economics

ECON 312 Economic Development

This course addresses the scope and causes of international inequality, particularly the nature of the economic problems facing the
world’s poorer countries, with emphasis on the African, South American, and Asian continents. Theories of growth and inequality,
uneven development, and the roles of schooling, foreign trade, agriculture, manufacturing, fertility, migration, finance, and the
environment in the development process will be considered. The goals of the course are to teach students how to model and use the

ECON 317 Money and Banking

An analysis of the relationship between money and economic activity with an emphasis on monetary theory, commercial banking,
financial markets and interest rates. Special attention is given to international financial markets. The interface of monetary policy, fiscal
policy and debt management is also considered. (Course offered in alternate years.)

ECON 318 Economics of Crime and Corruption

This course explores the contributions of economics to the understanding of crime and corruption. The perspectives and quantitative
analytical techniques of economics are used to examine important issues concerning crime and corruption. Topics may include: rationalchoice
criminology; development and corruption; measuring the costs of crime and corruption; organized crime, white-collar crime;
environmental crime; illicit drugs; human trafficking; gender and race issues concerning crime, and special topics selected by the

ECON 319 Economics of Income Inequality

This course will use macro and microeconomic models to explore the issues surrounding income inequality in the United States. Topics discussed will include the measurement and trends in income inequality, reasons income inequality is considered problematic by many, its causes, and the many policies intended to address income inequality, starting with Johnson’s “War on Poverty” through to current policy efforts.

 

ECON 323 Classical and Marxian Political Economy

The writings of Adam Smith and of Karl Marx had a profound and lasting influence on the way people think about the world. The
Industrial Revolution that took place in the interim between the publications of the works of these two thinkers literally changed the
world. This course focuses on the most important works of Smith and Marx and on the economic events taking place in eighteenth and
nineteenth century England that continue to affect the way we think and live. The works of other Classical Economists are also
examined. (Course offered in alternate years.)

ECON 331 Labor Economics

This course covers standard labor economic theory. Topics include market equilibria, the demand for and supply of labor (including
human fertility, human capital, hours of work, and labor force participation), wage levels and differences (including discrimination) and
unions and government as labor market forces. (Course offered in alternate years.)

ECON 338 European Economic History

This course examines the economic transformation that took place in Europe over the long 19th century, with a major focus on Great Britain's early exceptionalism and the different path taken by continental followers like Germany. Topics to be covered included growth theory; the integration of national and international markets; agricultural and industrial revolutions; changes in mortality, fertility, and urbanization; and the evolution of financial systems, business organizations, and social welfare.

ECON 339 U.S. Economic History

This course uses the tools of economic analysis to explore the long-run determinants of economic growth and the implications for policymaking today. Focus is on long-run economic change and the development of the American economy. Specific topics include the history and development of economic institutions, the American colonial experience, early American industrialization, slavery, the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, and the Southern economy. (Course offered in alternate years.)

ECON 343 Family Economics

This course applies modern economic tools to analyze decisions regarding dating, marriage, divorce, and fertility. It also addresses public
policies that impact the family, the determinants of women's labor force participation and the gender wage gap. Empirical studies that
test the validity of the theories of family behavior will be examined.

ECON 345 Economics of Sports

This applied economics course explores various aspects of the economics of sports and sports leagues, with a major focus on empirical
analysis. We will consider a number of topics, including: 1) the business and economics of professional team sports and sports
broadcasting, 2) analysis of leagues’ competitive balance policies, 3) player relations issues including analysis of the determinants of
players’ salaries, 4) the public finance aspects of professional sports teams and stadium financing, and relevant issues in collegiate sports.