Fall 2009 Course Description

Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis

Instructor(s): Robert Auerbach
Course: P A 393K - Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
(previously Political Economy I)
Unique Number: 63220
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.312
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Description: The subjects covered include the economic benefits and problems in several types of economic organization of societies from central control to capitalism. The benefits, recent problems and legislation associated with the corporate organization of businesses will be discussed. The microeconomic analyses of consumer choice, firm profit maximization under competitive and monopolistic competition and measures of consumer welfare will be presented. Throughout the course economic issues facing government legislators and administrators will be interwoven into the lectures including the politics and economic effects of agricultural price supports and payments to refrain from farming, minimum wages and limits to job entry, and sales taxes. Price discrimination will be described with an analysis of asymmetric information in the commercial loan market.

Textbook: Robert S. Pindyck and Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Microeconomics, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, latest edition.

Requirements: Attendance is necessary. There will be two tests during the semester (each weighted by 25). Should you score less than 25 on either exam you may write a make-up exercise to bring your score up to a maximum of 20. The final examination is weighted by 50. All homework assignments included must be completed with a “satisfactory” as a necessary but not sufficient condition to obtain an A or B.

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