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Economics 400 Level Course List

ECON410   Industrial Organization ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301, ECON 310 or equivalent.

Business organization, conduct and performance; rationale and impact of public policy on business and business activities, including the regulated industries, sick industries and antitrust policy.


ECON411   International Trade ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301, ECON 310 or 315 or equivalent.

Theories of international trade. Gains from trade, effects of tariff and non-tariff barriers, and conduct of commercial policy. Balance of payments, theories of exchange rate determination and other international economic issues.


ECON412   Labor Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301, ECON 310 or equivalent.

Labor supply and demand, labor force participation, employment, unemployment, human capital, wage differentials, disadvantaged labor market groups, discrimination and wage-related income transfers.


ECON413   Law and Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 310 or 315.

Economic analysis of the common law – property, contract and tort – focusing on the use of microeconomic theory to study the economic efficiency characteristics and effects of these laws. Analysis of specific legal cases.


ECON415   Economics of Health ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  ECON 340 or equivalent.

Application of economic reasoning to the analyses of health-related issues, markets, practice, education, research, and policy within social and political contexts.


ECON416   Benefit Cost and Microeconomic Policy Analysis ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 310 or equivalent.

Application of microeconomic models and welfare economics to public policy. Concepts of economic efficiency, economic surplus and equity. Measurement of policy effects, including benefit-cost analysis, with applications to selected policy areas such as education and environmental programs.


ECON417   Public Finance ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 310 or equivalent.

Government finance at the federal, state and local levels; impact of taxation and spending on resource allocation, income distribution, stabilization and growth.


ECON418   Behavioral Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  ECON 310 or 315

Integrates insights from psychology into economic models. Review evidence of violations of standard economic assumptions, learn theories that can explain those violations and apply them to real-world examples.


ECON420   Money And Banking ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 320 or equivalent.

Money supply process and impact of monetary policy on economic activity.


ECON421   Monetary and Fiscal Policy ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 320 or equivalent.

Techniques of monetary and fiscal policy and their relative roles in promoting economic stability and growth.


ECON431   International Macroeconomics and Growth ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301 and ECON 320.

Macro-economic analysis of the open economy: impact of stabilization policies in a global economy, role of the balance of payments, international monetary system and growth in less developed countries.


ECON433   The Less Developed Countries and the World Economy ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  ECON 310, 315 or 515, and ECON 320 or 521.

Development and underdevelopment in the poorer countries in the context of a changing international economic order. Neo-classical and political economy approaches. Includes case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America.


ECON440   Introduction to Econometrics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301, ECON 340, ISDS 361A or equivalent.

Economic measurement: specification and estimation of econometric models; statistical methods in economic research.


ECON441   Introduction to Mathematical Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301, ECON 202 and MATH 135 or equivalent.

Economic theory from microeconomics and macro-economics. Content varies; constrained optimization problems and rational decision-making.


ECON450   History of Economic Thought ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301; ECON 310 or 320.

Major schools of thought and of leading individual economists as they influenced economic thought and policy.


ECON461   Ecological Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301 and ECON 310 or 315 or equivalent.

Application of economic concepts and methods to understanding the ways in which human economic behavior contributes to environmental and ecosystem degradation; the use of economic approaches to evaluate and manage these impacts; the design of sustainable economic policies.


ECON462   Natural Resource Economics ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  BUAD 301 and ECON 310 or 315 or equivalent.

Concepts and principles in the application of economics to issues in natural resource economics. Issues include uncertainty and risk in investment, depletion over time, cartelization, the role of technological innovation and government intervention related to fuels, water, land, etc.


ECON490   Economics Capstone ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  ECON 310, 320, 340.

Capstone experience for Economics majors. Students demonstrate facility with economic theory and quantitative methods by presenting teaching topics, summarizing news reports and scholarly journal articles, writing policy briefs on selected economic topics and replicating empirical findings from economics literature.


ECON495   Internship ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  Economics major, BUAD 301, ISDS 361A, ECON 310 or 320; international business major, ECON 202 and 335, ISDS 361A; consent of the department internship adviser; at least junior standing; 2.5 GPA and one semester in residence at the university.

Planned and supervised work experience. May be repeated for a total of six units of credit. Credit/No Credit grading only.


ECON499   Independent Study ( 3 units)
Prerequisite:  Economics major or concentration, BUAD 301, ECON 310 and 320 or the equivalents, senior standing, and consent of department chair.

Directed independent inquiry. May be repeated for credit. Not open to students on academic probation.


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