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ECON 490

Advanced Topics in Economics and Management

A. Economics; B. Management. Detailed study of theoretical and policy aspects of such topics as inflation, resource and product pricing, management, market structure, government-business relations, financial markets and international trade. Prerequisite: varies according to the topic offered. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Varies according to the topic offered. 1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Fadi Fawaz

490AA: Tps:Natural Resources and Energy Economics

This course examines a wide range problems of natural resource use. The course introduces students to the principles, reasoning, and techniques required to set-up and solve allocation problems, under different social objectives. Policy will serve as both an input and an implicated output of this approach. The economic tools developed are applied to renewable resources, exhaustible resources, water, pollution, marine resources, climate change, conservation planning, and other contemporary problems. This course uses an economic perspective to study these complex choices. Particular topics covered include: resource management models (for forests, fisheries, oil, and natural gas), pollution control models (for air and water pollution), sustainable development, and (if time) trade and economic growth. An emphasis on economic theory, concepts, and graphs will be stressed, but public policy applications will never be far behind. Indeed, current events essays and in-class discussion participation are expected in order to receive a passing grade for this class.

Larry Stimpert

490BA: Tps:Mergers and Acquisitions Strategy

This topics course on Mergers and Acquisitions Strategy offers a broad but detailed overview of the strategic, financial, and operational issues associated with M&A activity. Course topics incorporate and build on many key concepts from microeconomics and financial accounting. The course also examines larger societal issues associated with mergers and acquisitions, including their impact on wealth creation and the agency problems that arise in M&A activity. The course will make extensive use of case studies, Excel, and guest speakers from a variety of industries, offering excellent background and preparation for students interested in careers in banking, finance, investment banking, and consulting.

Spring Semester information

Jarrod Hunt

490AA: Tps:Economics Macro Crises

In the late 2000s, the US economy was nearly crippled by the worst financial crisis in decades. Though the economic fallout was harsh and extensive, this was by no means the first, nor is it likely to be the last, time such a crisis has occurred. In this course, we will study the most recent financial crisis as well as several earlier episodes. While studying different types of financial crises, including banking crises, sovereign debt crises, and currency crises, a strong emphasis will be placed on the causes and consequences of each episode. Another focal point of this course will be to develop our intuition as researchers, evaluating the techniques and approaches (both empirical and theoretical) from the current and past literature with the ultimate goal of identifying potential avenues for contribution to the academic conversation.