Spring 2005 Course Description

Political Economy

Instructor(s): Christopher King
Course: P A 693A - Political Economy
Unique Number: 62855
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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Description: The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with little prior background in economics a thorough grounding in the principles of microeconomic theory and its applications to public policy issues and problems. Its secondary purpose is to foster teamwork skills in conducting policy analysis. The course will be conducted through class lectures and student presentations and discussions, as well as an in-depth analysis of a market failure problem. A teaching assistant will be available during weekly office hours and by appointment throughout the semester. Theory and principles learned will be applied via problem sets, brief policy memos, and a market failure analysis. Course completion should prepare students to perform economic policy analysis on the job and to pursue advanced study in Political Economy II or similar courses.

The textbooks for the course are:

Grades will be based on class participation/presentations (20%); problem sets and policy memos (20%); a midterm exam (30%); and a group market-failure analysis project (30%).

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