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Graduate Courses

Below you will find a list of graduate courses that are regularly taught. Students also have the option to complete an independent study.  Those interested in doing an independent study should consult with a faculty member that they are interested in working with.  In parathenses are the semesters that the course is typically taught (i.e. Fall, Winter, Summer) (coming soon). For more information on graduate courses, or the graduate program, please contact Professor David Crary.

ECON 500 - Foundations of Economics Analysis

A study of microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade designed for graduate students who have not taken economics at the undergraduate level. Topics include supply and demand analysis, elasticity, profit maximization, market structure, market failure, unemployment, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and international economics.

ECON 501 - Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

National income analysis, employment theory, monetary theory and practice, and their application to economic policy. Not open to students who have had ECON 411.

ECON 502 - Microeconomic Theory and Policy

Analysis of the economic behavior of individuals and firms under various market conditions, the determination of relative prices, the allocation of resources and related problems. Not open to students who have had ECON 412.

ECON 508 - International Trade

A study of the causes and economic effects of trade; commercial policies and their effects on trade; trade issues and conflicts; and international factor movements.

ECON 509 - International Monetary Economics

A study of the foreign exchange market, exchange rate systems, the balance of payments, macroeconomic aspects of international trade and the institutions and problems of the international monetary system.

ECON 511 - Mathematical Economics

Survey of mathematical techniques used in contemporary economic analysis. Topics include applications of linear algebra, multivariable calculus, integration, differential equations, and optimization theory to micro and macro economics.

ECON 514 - Econometric Analysis

This course presents tools for testing and quantifying hypotheses in economics using regression techniques. Potential problems and limitations of these techniques are identified, as are methods for dealing with these problems. Students apply these tools to various topics in macroeconomics and microeconomics, using time-series and cross-section data as appropriate.

ECON 515 - Econometrics Analysis II

Course addresses advanced single equations techniques and their applications to microeconomic and macroeconomic topics. Other topics include simultaneous equation systems: identification, estimation and policy evaluation; time series modeling; and, contemporary macroeconometric methodology.

ECON 517 - Economic Analysis of Law

Application of microeconomic theory to the analysis of laws and legal systems. Introduction to Game Theory within the context of property rights, contracts and dispute settlements. Some comparison of American laws with those of Europe and Japan.

ECON 520 - Analytic Labor Economics

The course analyzes the supply and demand of labor, labor market equilibrium, including compensating wage differentials, investment in human capital, worker mobility, as well as wage inequality, labor unions and racial/gender discrimination.

ECON 530 - Health Economic Analysis

This course utilizes economic theory and statistical tools to analyze the production, distribution, and utilization of health care resources. The behavior of patients, medical care providers, third-party payers, and employers in health care markets will be examined in the context of three important social health care issues: health care spending, patient access, and health outcomes.

ECON 536 - Advanced Health Economics

Provides an analytical approach to the study of health and healthcare markets. Emphasis will be on the application of economic analysis to understand the institutional features and organization of healthcare markets, the impact of government policy on the delivery and financing of healthcare, and the ability to critically evaluate and summarize empirical research findings related to health economics.

ECON 537 - Microeconometrics in Healthcare

Provides discussion and applications of econometric methods most commonly used in analyzing healthcare data and other microeconomic data. Topics include ANOVA, single and multi-variable linear regression, binary outcome models (logit, probit, tobit), panel data models (fixed effects and random effects), repeated measures models, count data models, two-part models, and survival analysis.

ECON 545 - Econometric Forecasting and Policy Analysis

Economic theory and econometrics are utilized to formulate multi-equation, economic forecasting models. Models are then applied to conduct dynamic simulations for policy analysis and to forecast macro- and microeconomic activity. International effects are included in the analysis. Models will include reduced-form, structural, and VAR approaches.

ECON 550 - Public Finance: Analysis and Policy

Detailed theoretical analysis of the problems of budgeting and budget techniques; methods to evaluate expenditures, efficiency and equality considerations in tax policy; problems of stabilization policy and growth policy; and evaluation of the affect and importance of national debt.

ECON 555 - Cost-Benefit Analysis Theory and Practice

This course studies techniques for evaluating the costs and benefits of government programs including the distribution of these costs and benefits. Programs evaluated include large physical investments, education programs, health programs, and government regulations.

ECON 561 - Economics of Multinational Enterprise

Economics of international competition and monopoly. Analysis includes studies of direct foreign investment, national economic antitrust policies and the multinational firm and its relation to trade and economic efficiency.

 ECON 580 - International Trade and Theory

This course analyzes the classical and modern theories of the determination of the pattern of commodity trade between nations fundamental trade theories, as well as the impact of tariffs on trade. Topics include the Ricardian and Heckscher-Ohlin trade theories, as well as the interaction of international trade with migration.

ECON 581 - The International Monetary System

Theoretical and empirical examination of international monetary issues including the balance of payments, fixed versus flexible exchange rates, stabilization policies in an open economy, disturbance transmission mechanisms and interdependence, institutions.

ECON 585 - Economic Growth and Development

Conditions, courses and consequences of growth and development; instruments of expansion and control, and important theories and models of growth. Economic growth in both the United States and underdeveloped countries.

ECON 601 - Macroeconomic Analysis

Study of theoretical and empirical examination of macroeconomic theories of the determination of income, employment, the price level, interest rates and economic growth in a domestic and world economy. The course may include the Classical, Keynesian, Monetary, Rational Expectations and Real Business Cycle schools of thought.

ECON 602 - Microeconomic Analysis

Course topics include the economic analysis of the behavior of individuals and firms, resource allocation, and determination of price and output in competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. Course also provides an introduction to game theory and decision-making under uncertainty; discussion of how to apply multivariate calculus, matrix algebra, statistics and regression analysis to microeconomic concepts.

ECON 604 - Research Seminar in Economics

Examines selected issues of research methodology, procedures and techniques. Students conduct individual research projects, present their findings in a seminar format and submit a research paper.

ECON 605 - Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics provides analytical tools and methods of economic theory used in business management. Course focuses on the areas of decision-making under risk and uncertainty, expected utility, game theory, demand, production and cost estimation, alternative pricing policies, and investment analysis.

ECON 606 - Macroeconometrics and Time-Series Analysis

Applied Economics is a seminar course that combine macroeconomic theory and policy with time series estimation techniques that are used to estimate and evaluate macroeconomic relationships. Time series applications include testing data for unit roots and cointegration. Time series, two-step error correction, Vector Autoregression (VAR) and Vector Error Correction (VEC) models will be employed.