318.604.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
M 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Carey Borkoski
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Review market operations and identify welfare outcomes for consumers and firms
    • Examine common market failures and generic government responses to these occurrences
    • Evaluate different government remedies/interventions for market failures using the tools of supply and demand
    • Compare and contrast public and private sectors solutions to different market failures
    • Identify relevant costs and benefits of policy outcomes using evaluation criteria
    • Develop feasible solutions to various policy problems based on microeconomic analysis of different issues
  • Course Description
    Builds on students’ understanding of the theories, concepts, terminology and tools of microeconomics as it relates to the examination and analysis of public policies. Students explore in more depth, concepts and tools learned in previous economics courses or in 318.603 (Part 1 of this series). Examines common market failures, generic policy solutions for these problems and evaluate the welfare outcomes of different actions (public or private). Students also explore current policy issues using the tools and knowledge gained during this course. Students finish this course with a deeper knowledge of economics and its role in policy analysis. They also gain practical experience evaluating actual policy issues using some of these tools and models.
  • Intended Audience
    HPM students in the MPP and MHS/economics programs
  • Methods of Assessment
    Quizzes (25%) Homework, combined (10%), Economic Analysis Paper (25%), Reaction Essay (15%), Final exam (25%)
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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