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A Second Globalization Features The Great Convergence

In previous blog postings (here and here), I have addressed some of the key myths regarding international trade as well as the difficulties in determining whether U.S. exchange rates are over, under, or fairly valued.  This posting addresses how the forces that drive globalization have changed and so has the distribution of income (in both global and advanced country terms.)  Richard Baldwin’s new book The Great Convergence suggests that a major change in the forces of globalization took place around 1990.  He divides economic history into three broad periods: pre-globalization (until 1820), globalization I (1820 to 1990), and globalization II (from 1990 to the present.)

The graphic above (from a recent Baldwin’s presentation)  displays the three primary forces that affect the magnitude and character of globalization. For further analysis including Milanovic’s “elephant” chart on the global distribution of income, see the full posting here.

 

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*********** Tentative 2017-18 Schedule

Fall
100 Intro Gerard MWF 9:50
211 In Pursuit of Innovation Galambos TR 12:30
271 Public Economics & Friends Gerard MWF 1:50
300 Intermediate Micro Galambos MTWF 8:30
300 Intermediate Micro Galambos MWF 12:30 T 8:30
420 Money & Montetary Policy Finkler TR 9
481 Advanced Econometrics & Modeling Lhost MWF1:50

 

Winter
100 Intro Caruthers MWF 1:50
205 Introduction to International Economics Caruthers MWF 11:10
225 Decision Theory Galambos MWF 1:50
380 Econometrics Lhost MTWR 9:50
380 Econometrics Lhost MTWR 3:10
421 Investments Finkler TR 9
495 Topics: Institutions & Organizations Gerard MWF 9:50
601 Senior Experience: Reading Galambos T 12:30
602 Senior Experience: Research Lhost R 12:30

 

Spring
100 Intro Gerard MWF 11:10
280 Environmental Economics Gerard TR 12:30
295 Topics in Finance Vaughn MWF 12:20
320 Intermediate Macroeconomics Caruthers MTWR 9:50
320 Intermediate Macroeconomics Caruthers MTWR 3:10
405 Econ of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Galambos MWF 8:30
410 Advanced Game Theory & Applications Galambos MWF 11:10

2016-17 Draft Schedule

Click here for the Draft 2016-17 schedule.   There will be some changes to this, but that is effectively what we are looking at for next year.

 

Fall Term 2016 ** DRAFT **
Fall Term 2016 ECON 100 (5483) INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) (L:40 R:0 W:0) ● 09:50-11:00 MWF Jonathan Lhost

Fall Term 2016 ECON 245 (5484) LAW AND ECONOMICS (L:25 R:0 W:0) ● 12:30-02:20 TR Jonathan Lhost

Fall Term 2016 ECON 300 (5485) MICROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) 08:30-09:40 MTWF Adam Galambos
Fall Term 2016 ● ECON 421 (5486) ● INVESTMENTS ● 09:00-10:50 TR ● Merton D. Finkler
Fall Term 2016 ● ECON 481 (5487) ● ADV ECONOMETRICS & MODELING ● (L:15 R:0 W:0) APR ● 01:50-03:00 MWF ● Hillary Caruthers
Winter Term 2017 ** DRAFT **
Winter Term 2017 ECON 100 (1482) INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) (L:40 R:0 W:0) ● 01:50-03:00 MWF Hillary Caruthers
Winter Term 2017 ECON 205 (1483) INTRO TO INTERNATNL ECONOMICS (G) (L:25 R:0 W:0) ● 09:50-11:00 MWF Hillary Caruthers
Winter Term 2017 ECON 215 (1484) COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (G) 11:10-12:20 MWF Adam Galambos
Winter Term 2017 ECON 255 (1480) START-UP THEATRE APR ● 01:50-03:00 MWF Staff
Winter Term 2017 ECON 380 (1489) ECONOMETRICS (Q) 09:50-11:00 MTWR Jonathan Lhost
Winter Term 2017 ECON 380 (1505) ECONOMETRICS (Q) 03:10-04:20 MTWR Jonathan Lhost
Winter Term 2017 ECON 450 (1485) ECONOMICS OF THE FIRM (Q) Arranged David Gerard
Winter Term 2017 ECON 495 (1486) TOP: NEW INSTITUTNL ECONOMICS Arranged David Gerard
Winter Term 2017 ECON 601 (1487) SENIOR EXPERIENCE: READING OPT 12:30-02:20 T Adam Galambos
Winter Term 2017 ECON 602 (1488) SENIOR EXPERIENCE: PAPER APR ● Arranged Jonathan Lhost
Spring Term 2017 ** DRAFT **
Spring Term 2017 ECON 100 (3520) INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) (L:40 R:0 W:0) ● 08:30-09:40 MTWR David Gerard
Spring Term 2017 ECON 225 (3521) DECISION THEORY 11:10-12:20 MWF Adam Galambos
Spring Term 2017 ECON 280 (3522) ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS (L:25 R:0 W:0) ● 12:30-02:20 TR David Gerard
Spring Term 2017 ECON 320 (3525) MACROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) 09:50-11:00 MTWR Hillary Caruthers
Spring Term 2017 ECON 320 (3542) MACROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) 03:10-04:20 MTWR Hillary Caruthers
Spring Term 2017 ECON 400 (3523) INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION (Q) (L:15 R:0 W:0) ● 11:10-12:20 MWF Jonathan Lhost
Spring Term 2017 ECON 405 (3524) INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP 08:30-09:40 MWF Adam Galambos
Spring Term 2017 ECON 415 INDIVIDUALITY & COMMUNITY (L:18 R:0 W:0) ● 12:30-02:20 TR Steven Wulf

Click here for course descriptions.

Updated Schedule for 2015-16

The most recent iteration of the 2015-16 schedule is below and you can also find a slightly less updated one in Banner.   The red bolded entries represent updates.  Click here for non-garbled version.

Fall 2015 Draft

ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) ● 1:50-03:00 MWF ● Jonathan Lhost

ECON 208 ● SUSTAINABLE CHINA: ENVIR/ECON (G) ● APR ● 02:30-04:20 TR ● Jason Brozek

ECON 211 ● IN PURSUIT OF INNOVATION ● 11:10-12:20 MWF ● Adam Galambos, John R. Brandenberger

ECON 271 ● PUBLIC ECONOMICS ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● David Gerard

ECON 290 ● ECONOMICS OF MEDICAL CARE ● 09:00-10:50 TR ● Merton D. Finkler

ECON 300 ● MICROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) ● 08:30-09:40 MTWR ● David Gerard

ECON 405 ● INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ● 08:30-09:40 MWF ● Adam Galambos

ECON 421 ● INVESTMENTS ●  12:30 -2:20 T ● Merton D. Finkler  (Approval required)

ECON 460 ● INTERNATIONAL TRADE (G,Q) ● 01:50-03:00 MWF ● Hillary Caruthers

 

Winter 2016 Draft

ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) ● 09:50-11:00 MWF ● Hillary Caruthers

ECON 151 ● INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ● 12:30-01:40 MWF ● Staff

ECON 200 ● ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (G,Q) ● 02:30-04:20 TR ● Hillary Caruthers

ECON 245 ● LAW AND ECONOMICS ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● Jonathan Lhost

ECON 380 ● ECONOMETRICS (Q) ● 9:50 – 11:00 MTWR ● Jonathan Lhost

ECON 415 ● INDIVIDUALITY & COMMUNITY ●  09:00-10:50 TR ● Steven Wulf

ECON 420 ● MONEY AND MONETARY POLICY (Q) ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● Merton D. Finkler

ECON 444 ● POLITICAL ECONOMY – REGULATION (W) ● 09:00-10:50 TR ● David Gerard

ECON 601 ● SENIOR EXPERIENCE: READING OPT ● 02:30-04:20 T ● David Gerard

ECON 602● SENIOR EXPERIENCE: PAPER ● APR ● 02:30-04:20 R Arranged ● Merton D. Finkler

 

Spring 2016 Draft

ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) ● 08:30-09:40 MTWR ● David Gerard

ECON 215 ● COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (G) ● 11:10-12:20 MWF ● Adam Galambos

ECON 225 ● DECISION THEORY ● 01:50-03:00 MWF ● Adam Galambos

ECON 280 ● ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● David Gerard

ECON 295 ● TOP: FINANCE ● 12:30-01:40 MWF ● Gary T. Vaughan

ECON 320 ● MACROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) ● 09:50-11:00 MTWR ● Hillary Caruthers

ECON 320 ● MACROECONOMIC THEORY (Q) ● 03:10-04:20 MTWR ● Hillary Caruthers

ECON 400 ● INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION ●  01:50-03:00 MWF ● Jonathan Lhost

ECON 410 ADV GAME THEORY & APPLICATIONS (Q) 08:30-09:40 MWF Adam Galambos

ECON 481 ● ADV ECONOMETRICS & MODELING ● 11:10-12:20 MWF ● Jonathan Lhost

Provisional Schedule 2015-16

Click here if the times are bleeding into your right margin.

Note UPDATES IN BOLD.  Also, ECON 421 Investments will be offered in a special, directed study format on Tuesdays at 12:30.

Term  # Title Instructor Time
Fall 100 Introductory Microeconomics Lhost MWF 1:50-3
Fall 290 Health Economics Finkler TR  9-10:50
Fall 271 Public Economics Gerard TR 12:30
Fall 208 Sustainable China Brozek TR 2:30
Fall 211 Pursuit of Innovation Galambos MWF 11:10
Fall 300 Intermediate Micro Gerard MTWR 8:30
Fall 405 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Galambos MWF 8:30
Fall 460 International Development Caruthers MWF 1:50-3

 

Term # Title Instructor Time
Winter 100 Introductory Microeconomics Caruthers MWF 9:50-11
Winter 245 Law & Economics Lhost TR 12:30
Winter 200 Development Caruthers TR 2:30-4:20
Winter 380 Econometrics Lhost MTWR 3:10
Winter 420 Money & Monetary Policy Finkler TR 12:30
Winter 444 Political Economy of Regulation Gerard TR 9
Winter 601 / 602 Senior Experience T / R 2:30

 

Term # Title Instructor Time
Spring 100 Introductory Microeconomics Gerard MTWR 8:30
Spring 215 Comparative Economic Systems Galambos MWF 11:10
Spring 225 Decision Theory Lhost MWF 1:50-3
Spring 280 Environmental Economics Gerard TR 12:30
Spring 295 Special Topics: Finance Vaughn MWF 12:30
Spring 320 Intermediate Macro Caruthers MTWR 9:50
Spring 320 Intermediate Macro Caruthers MTWR 3:10
Spring 481 Advanced Econometrics Lhost MWF 11:10
Spring 410 Game Theory Galambos MWF 8:30

 

 

Coming Soon

Behold!, the schedule for the remainder of the year.  Click here to see a less jumbled version.   Click here for the Registrar’s version.  Grab an econ professor if you have any questions.

 

WINTER TERM

● ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS ●  08:30-09:40 MWF BRIG 423 ● Hillary Caruthers

● ECON 200 ● ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ● 01:50-03:00 MWF BRIG 217 ● Hillary Caruthers

● ECON 225 ● DECISION THEORY ● 12:30-01:40 MWF BRIG 223 ● Adam Galambos

● ECON 380 ● ECONOMETRICS ● 03:10-04:20 MTWF BRIG 223 ● Jonathan Lhost

●ECON 380 ● ECONOMETRICS ● 08:30-09:40 MTWF BRIG 223 ● Jonathan Lhost

● ECON 410 ● ADV GAME THEORY & APPLICATIONS ● 09:50-11:00 MWF BRIG 217 ● Adam Galambos

● ECON 415 ● INDIVIDUALITY & COMMUNITY ● 12:30-02:20 TR BRIG 225 ● Steven Wulf

● ECON 425 ● ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES ● 11:10-12:20 MWF BRIG 223 ● Gary T. Vaughan

● ECON 444 ● POLITICAL ECONOMY OF REGULATION ● 09:00-10:50 TR BRIG 217 ● David Gerard

● ECON 601 ● SENIOR EXPERIENCE: READING OPTION ● 12:30-02:20 T BRIG 217 ● David Gerard

● ECON 602 ● SENIOR EXPERIENCE: PAPER ● APR ● 12:30-02:20 R BRIG 217 ● Merton D. Finkler

 

SPRING TERM

● ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS ● 01:50-03:00 MWF BRIG 223 ● Hillary Caruthers

● ECON 223 ● QUANTITATIVE DECISION-MAKING ● 09:00-10:50 TR BRIG 223 ● David Gerard, Alan Parks

● ECON 245 ● LAW AND ECONOMICS ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● Jonathan Lhost

● ECON 255 ● START-UP THEATRE ● APR ● 02:30-04:20 TR ● Timothy X. Troy

● ECON 280 ● ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS ● 12:30-02:20 TR ● David Gerard

● ECON 295 ● TOP: FINANCE ● 12:30-01:40 MWF BRIG 223 ● Gary T. Vaughan

● ECON 320 ● MACROECONOMIC THEORY ● 03:10-04:20 MTWR BRIG 223 ● Merton D. Finkler

● ECON 460 ● INTERNATIONAL TRADE ● 09:50-11:00 MWF BRIG 217 ● Hillary Caruthers

● ECON 495 ● TOP: APPLIED ECONOMETRICS ● 03:10-04:20 MWF ● Jonathan Lhost

Advice to Potential Majors

Students interested in a major in Economics should begin with introductory classes in economics and mathematics.  The first economics class is ECON 100.*

Students who have taken intro or who have Advanced Placement credit should consider taking 200-level classes based on their own interests (e.g., 200 Development Economics, 205 International Economics, 245 Law & Economics, 280 Environmental Economics).

There are three intermediate theory courses that are offered sequentially each year – ECON 300 Microeconomics in the fall, ECON 380 Econometrics in the winter, ECON 320 in the spring.  These courses are most effective when taken sequentially in either the sophomore or junior year.  Freshman should not enroll in these courses.

Sophomore year is a good time to take ECON 225 Decision Theory.   This is not a required course, but we recommend it for all majors and minors.

The introductory mathematics courses are essential because they are foundational both to intermediate theory courses and to elementary statistics.  Calculus (MATH 120 and 130 or MATH 140) is a prerequisite for ECON 300 and ECON 320.  Calculus is also a prerequisite for Statistics (MATH 207), and Statistics (MATH 107 or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for ECON 380.

For the purposes of the Economics Department, we believe students should consider MATH 120 and 130 if they are interested in applied problem solving and developing some Excel skills.   Students who plan to take math beyond the calculus sequence should take MATH 140.   The decision on which calculus to take is probably worth a discussion both with the math and the econ department faculty.

A typical sequence for a student who comes in as an economics major.

Freshman:          Introductory Economics (ECON 100), 200-level courses based on student interest, Calculus (MATH 120 and 130 or MATH 140).

Sophomore:       Intermediate sequence (ECON 300, 380, 320), 200-level courses based on student interest, Statistics (MATH 207 107).  ECON 300 and MATH 207  107 are offered in the fall.

Junior-Senior:    Advanced electives.

 This sequence can be pushed back a year for those who decide during their sophomore year to pursue an economics degree.

MINOR: At this point the minor requirements are indeed minor.  No significant planning is necessary during the Freshman year to complete this degree, though our recommendations in terms of taking introductory economics and mathematics courses remains the same for majors and minors alike.

 

 

 

Updated Schedule

This is the schedule for 2014-15 that we have submitted to the Registrar.   The courses listed as “Staff” will be covered by our incoming assistant professors.  UPDATE:  ECON 120 in the Spring will be canceled and replaced with ECON 100.

FALL TERM
100 INTRO MICRO Staff MWF 1:50-3:00
200 DEVELOPMENT Staff MWF 9:50-11:00
205 INTRO TO INTERNATNL ECON Staff MWF 12:30-1:40
211 PURSUIT OF INNOVATION Galambos, Vaughan MWF 11:10-12:20
300 MICROECONOMIC THEORY Gerard MTWR 8:30-9:40
300 MICROECONOMIC THEORY Gerard MTWR 9:50-11
495 MARKETS AND INNOVATION Galambos, Gerard MWF 1:50-3:00
500 ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS Galambos See Instructor
WINTER TERM
100 INTRO MICRO Staff MWF 8:30-9:40
225 DECISION THEORY Staff MWF 12:30-1:40
215 COMPARATIVE ECON SYSTEMS Galambos MWF 8:30-9:40
380 ECONOMETRICS Staff MTWF 3:10-4:20
410 ADV GAME THEORY Galambos MWF 9:50-11:00
425 ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES Vaughan MWF 11:10-12:20
444 POLITICAL ECON OF REGULATION Gerard TR 9:00-10:50
495 INDIVIDUALITY & COMMUNITY Wulf TR 12:30-2:20
601 SENIOR EXPERIENCE: READING Gerard T 12:30
602 SENIOR EXPERIENCE: PAPER Finkler R 12:30
SPRING TERM
120 100 INTRO MACRO MICRO Staff MWF 1:50-3:00
223 QUANTITATIVE DECISION-MAKING Gerard, Parks TR    9:00-10:50
245 LAW AND ECONOMICS Staff TR    12:30-2:20
280 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS Gerard TR  12:30-2:20
295 TOP: FINANCE Vaughan MWF 12:30-1:40
320 MACROECONOMIC THEORY Finkler MTWR 3:10-4:20
460 INTERNATIONAL TRADE Staff MWF 9:50-11:00
495 APPLIED ECONOMETRICS Staff MWF 3:10-4:20

Course Cancellations and Adds, Part 2

Here are what we hope are some of the final changes to the 2014-15 schedule.   We would appreciate your patience as we clean this up.

Click here for the non-garbled page view.

FALL
ADD ECON 300: INTERMEDIATE MICRO MTWR 9:50-11 Gerard
ADD ECON 200: DEVELOPMENT MWF 9:50-11 Staff
ADD ECON 495: TOPICS: MARKETS AND INNOVATION MWF 1:50-3 Galambos and Gerard
CANCEL ECON 444 (Moved to Winter)
CANCEL ECON 500 (Changed to tutorial)
WINTER
ADD ECON 444: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF REGULATION TR 9:00-10:50 Gerard
ADD ECON 215: COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS MWF 8:30-9:40 Galambos
CANCEL ECON 400

Course Cancellations and Adds, Part 1

We are in the process of juggling our 2014-15 schedule, so please bear with us as this proceeds.  Here is the first round of cancellations and adds.   It is almost certain that some further sections will be canceled and added in the coming weeks.

Cancel Fall  2014 421 INVESTMENTS
Cancel Winter  2015 420 MONEY AND MONETARY POLICY
Cancel Spring  2015 430 CAPITAL AND GROWTH
ADD Spring  2015 495 APPLIED ECONOMETRICS

If you have any questions, please see Professor Finkler, Galambos, or Gerard.

 

Econ Tea Monday — Pre-Registration Advising and Major Consultation… and, Look, the Pie!

We will host an Economics Tea on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 in Briggs 217 to convene for lively discussion and delicious pie.  Faculty will be available to discuss pre-registration and give advice to anyone interested in learning more about the department major.  We will once again be offering various types of pie.

For the Google-impaired amongst you, here is a link to the major and minor requirements.

Key things for potential majors to know:

The core series sequence is Micro Theory (ECON 300), Econometrics (ECON 380), and Macro Theory (ECON 320).  These are generally offered once per year, with ECON 300 in the fall, ECON 380 in the winter, and ECON 320 in the spring.  We believe that taking these back-to-back-to-back is a good strategy.

You need calculus (MATH 140 OR MATH 120 & MATH 130) in order to take Econ 300.

You need calculus in order to take Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MATH 207).  Math 207 is only offered in the fall term each year.

You need MATH 207 and either ECON 300 or ECON 320 in order to take Econometrics (ECON 380).  We recommend that you take MATH 207 in the fall and ECON 380 in the winter.

The full schedule is right here.

391 DS – Readings in Organizational Economics

2 or 3 Units.  Professor Gerard

Prerequisites:  ECON 400  or 450, ECON 380, Junior or Senior Standing, and Permission of Instructor

This reading group is a continuation of Economics 450, intended for students with a continuing interest in organizational economics.  Click for the provisional reading list:  Continue reading 391 DS – Readings in Organizational Economics

Spring Forward!

Here are some courses, updates, etc… germane to the Spring term on Briggs 2nd:

(NEW) ECON 495: Mathematics for Economists   ARRANGED  Professor Rhodes.   This course is a 400-level course emphasizing some of the fundamental mathematical theory and practice common in the economics profession.   We are in the process of coordinating times and places, so please contact Professor Rhodes or Gerard ASAP is you are interested.

ECON 495: Individual and Community  TR 12:30-2:20 in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Wulf.

Professor Steve Wulf (!) is cross-listing his fabulous course for the economics department for the first time. That being the case, here is the course description:  This course studies a variety of theoretical responses to the emergence of open societies in the West. Topics include the competing demands of individuality and community in religious, commercial, and political life.   The course promises a very healthy dose of history of economic thought.

ECON 460:  International Trade   MWF 8:30-9:40 in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Devkota.

ECON 405:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship  9:50-11:00 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Galambos.

For those of you looking for some theoretical foundations to thinking about innovation & entrepreneurship, look no farther.  An excellent complement to IO and Theory of the Firm.

ECON 320:  Intermediate Macroeconomics MTWR Briggs 223.

Always a highlight!

CANCELLED ECON 295:  Labor Economics 3:10-4:20 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Rhodes

ECON 200: Development Economics 11:10-12:20 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Devkota 

This is also a good bet for next term, especially for those interested in understanding economic growth across countries.

ECON 225:  Decision Theory  MWF 1:50-3:00 Briggs 223, Professor Galambos

This class is not full, but enrollment is heavy (30+).  We have committed to offering this in 2014-15 and expect it will be offered in 2015-16.

ECON 280:  Environmental Economics TR 12:30-2:20, Briggs 223, Professor Gerard

This class is full and the current wait list is at about 8 or 9.  It is offered each year, including Spring 2015.

ECON 120:  Introduction to Macroeconomics  MWF 12:30-1:40, Briggs 223, Professor Rhodes

The longest journey begins with the first step… and then the second step.  This could go either way, as ECON 100 is not a prerequisite.

Calculating a GPA

Have you ever wondered how to calculate your grade point average?  If so, boy have you come to the right blog post.

Here’s what you need to do:  Take your Grade in a given course and assign it the number of Points for that grade (e.g., an A is 4 points, A- 3.75 points, B+ 3.25 points, etc).*

Once you’ve taken care of that, multiply the number of Points by the number of Earned Units for that course.  So, for example, if you earn an A in a six-unit course, your total quantity of points (Qty Points) would be 4 points for an A times 6 Earned Units = 24.  

Now you can add up your total Qty Points and divide by GPA Units and, wah lah, you have your Grade Point Average. 

As example, you take four courses in your first term, get a B in Freshman Studies, a B+ in Geology, and an S in Economics because you S/Ued the course, an a B in a one-unit piano performance course.  Your grade point average would only include courses with grades and would be calculated thusly:

(3 points x 6 units + 3.25 points x 6 units + 3 points x 1 unit) / 13 units = 3.12

 And if you’d like an Excel spreadsheet that does it for you, here it is (email Professor Galambos with comments or questions about the spreadsheet).

* A full list of Grade Points can be found here

 

Interdisciplinary Area in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Over the past six years, a group of Lawrence faculty members have developed several courses and course modules in innovation and entrepreneurship. By now, several hundred Lawrence students have taken those courses. The Lawrence faculty has now voted to create a formal academic program in innovation and entrepreneurship: the Interdisciplinary Area in I&E. Students from all majors with an interest in innovation or entrepreneurship are invited to explore the new IA. The rest of this post gives a general idea of the new IA. Look for more details on the I&E website in the near future. Continue reading Interdisciplinary Area in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Spring Term Courses

Though Spring does not appear to be right around the corner, the Spring Term is closer than you think!  Here are some of the highlights from Economics for the Spring Term.

ECON 495: Individual and Community  TR 12:30-2:20 in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Wulf.

Professor Steve Wulf (!) is cross-listing his fabulous course for the economics department for the first time. That being the case, here is the course description:  This course studies a variety of theoretical responses to the emergence of open societies in the West. Topics include the competing demands of individuality and community in religious, commercial, and political life.   The course promises a very healthy dose of history of economic thought.

ECON 460:  International Trade   MWF 8:30-9:40 in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Devkota.

ECON 405:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship  9:50-11:00 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Galambos.

For those of you looking for some theoretical foundations to thinking about innovation & entrepreneurship, look no farther.  An excellent complement to IO and Theory of the Firm.

ECON 320:  Intermediate Macroeconomics MTWR Briggs 223.

Always a highlight!

ECON 295:  Labor Economics 3:10-4:20 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Rhodes

If you are looking for a 200-level economics course next term, this is a good bet.  This should be excellent prep for Econ 300 in the Fall.

ECON 200: Development Economics 11:10-12:20 MWF in the Econ Seminar Room, Professor Devkota 

This is also a good bet for next term, especially for those interested in understanding economic growth across countries.

ECON 225:  Decision Theory  MWF 1:50-3:00 Briggs 223, Professor Galambos

This class is not full, but enrollment is heavy (30+).  We have committed to offering this in 2014-15 and expect it will be offered in 2015-16.

ECON 280:  Environmental Economics TR 12:30-2:20, Briggs 223, Professor Gerard

This class is full and the current wait list is 9.  It is offered each year, including Spring 2015.

ECON 120:  Introduction to Macroeconomics  MWF 12:30-1:40, Briggs 223, Professor Rhodes

The longest journey begins with the first step… and then the second step.  This could go either way, as ECON 100 is not a prerequisite.

The Winter Term is Upon Us

Here is the upcoming schedule for the winter term:

ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS  ● 09:50-11:00 MWF BRIG 223 ● Adam Galambos

ECON 180 ● THE ART OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP ● 11:10-12:20 MWF BRIG 223 ● Adam Galambos, Gary T. Vaughan

ECON 290 ● ECONOMICS OF MEDICAL CARE ● 12:30-02:20 TR BRIG 224 ● Merton D. Finkler

ECON 295 ● SPECIAL TOPIC:  FINANCE ● 12:30-01:40 MWF BRIG 217 ● Gary T. Vaughan

ECON 380 ● ECONOMETRICS  ● 01:50-03:00 MWF BRIG 223 03:10-04:20 T BRIG 223 ● Satis C. Devkota

ECON 380 ● ECONOMETRICS  ● 08:30-09:40 MWF BRIG 223 09:00-10:50 R BRIG 223 ● Satis C. Devkota

ECON 450 ● ECONOMICS OF THE FIRM  ● 09:00-10:50 TR BRIG 217 ● David Gerard

ECON 495 ● TOP: SPORTS ECONOMICS ● 03:10-04:20 MWF BRIG 217 ● M. Taylor Rhodes

ECON 601  SENIOR EXPERIENCE: READING OPT  02:30-04:20 T BRIG 217  David Gerard

ECON 602  SENIOR EXPERIENCE: PAPER   02:30-04:20 R BRIG 217  Merton D. Finkler

There is also a high probability that I will be handling a DS on advanced environmental topics, so if that is of interest, you should get in touch with me.

Pre-Registration for Winter and Spring

Advance registration for winter and spring terms will resume next Monday, October 14, and continue through the last day of classes for the term, Thursday, November 21.  Only degree-seeking, Waseda, and visiting/exchange students are eligible to advance register for classes.

Pre-registration for Winter and Spring resumes October 14, and I encourage you to sort your schedule out, especially so that the instructors can plan for classes appropriately.  We tend to do things differently in classes with enrollments of 25 than with 10, for example.  

Here is the full schedule.  Here are some of the highlights:

WINTER:

  • Finance (ECON 295) with Professor Vaughn.  This is a continuation of the financial accounting course (ECON 170), and it looks excellent.
  • We have opened a second section of Econometrics (ECON 380) in the winter.  We currently have 26 registered in one section and two in the other.  Professor Devkota is teaching both sections. 
  • Sports Economics (ECON 495)  with Professor Rhodes, MWF at 3:10.  The prerequisites are the intermediate micro and econometrics courses (ECON 300 and ECON 380). 
  • Both Senior Experience options are open.  Professor Finkler is in charge of the paper option (ECON 602) and you must clear the topic with him.
  • The Senior Experience reading option (ECON 601) will feature Alexander Field’s A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth.  Tyler Cowen calls it a “masterpiece.”  Professor Field will be on the campus in the Spring to meet with students and give a public lecture.  For advanced sophomores and juniors (i.e., those who have had econometrics), I will offer a 2-3 unit directed study (a Junior Experience). 

SPRING:

  • Professor Devkota will offer Economic Development (ECON 200).   This is potentially a great second class for someone who has had ECON 100 or ECON 120 and wants to take a second course.   He is teaching it this term, so there is some information out there from someone other than me (it sounds like an excellent class).
  • We are also offering Decision Theory (ECON 225) and Environmental Economics (ECON 280).   If you are planning to major or minor, we strongly encourage you to take Decision Theory during your time here.
  • Professor Devkota will offer International Trade (ECON 460) for the major set.
  • Professor Rhodes will offer a 400-level math-econ course (ECON 495), available to anyone with calculus and ECON 300. 

If you have any questions, get in touch with Professor Finkler, Professor Galambos, or Professor Gerard in terms of how you might schedule a major or minor, or simply what courses make sense given your academic and extra-academic interests.  If you have questions about the particular courses, you can direct inquiries to the instructor.