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ECONOMICS 202. (3) HEALTH ECONOMICS AND POLICY. An economic analysis of markets for health care and the participants in those markets (e.g., government, insurers, health care providers, and patients). The course uses economic analysis to examine some of the unique characteristics of markets for health care, including high levels of uncertainty, asymmetric information, externalities, and the governmentâ€™s unusually large presence in the market. Prerequisite: Economics 101. ECONOMICS 203. (3) GENERAL ECONOMIC HISTORY. Study of the historical origins and subsequent spread of modern economic growth in Western Europe and North America, with an emphasis on 18th and 19th century experience. Prerequisite: Economics 101. ECONOMICS 204. (3) TOPICS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY. This course explores historical events of economic significance and examines them using the tools of economic analysis. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the 20th century U.S. economy; the rise and fall of communism; the history of financial markets; and the role of the entrepreneur in economic development. Prerequisite: Economics 101. ECONOMICS 205. (3) HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. A survey of the development of economics from Plato and Xenophon through marginalism. Emphasis is on the works of the central figures in the evolution of the discipline, including Smith, Ricardo, Mill, Marx, and Marshall. Prerequisite: Economics 101. Offered: fall semester. ECONOMICS 206. (3) TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. This course explores methodological subjects in the history of economic thought, focusing on important economic thinkers and the context in which their ideas developed and evolved. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, capitalism and Marxism; classical and Keynesian economic thought; and theories of growth and development. Prerequisite: Economics 101.
ECONOMICS 208. (3) PUBLIC ECONOMICS. An analysis of the process of government decision-making and of the effects of governmental budgetary decisions, particularly tax decisions, on individual and business choices. Prerequisite: Economics 101. Offered: spring semester. ECONOMICS 209. (3) TOPICS IN POLITICAL ECONOMY. This course adapts and applies the tools of economics to what are often considered non-economic questions and employs economic analysis to explore related publicpolicy problems. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, war, peace, and conflict resolution; poverty; crime and punishment; and democracy and voting systems. Prerequisite: Economics 101. ECONOMICS 210. (3) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. A study of fact, theory, and policy in underdeveloped economies. Problems of capital formation, population, agriculture, international trade, foreign aid, etc. Prerequisite: Economics 101. Offered: spring semester. ECONOMICS 211. (3) LABOR ECONOMICS AND LABOR RELATIONS. The course examines outcomes in the labor market and their causes. Topics covered vary from year to year, but are selected from the following: wage determination; labor supply decisions; firmsâ€™ employment decisions; the impact of education and human capital investment, migration and immigration, unemployment, welfare programs, theories of workplace discrimination, and the employment-at-will doctrine; and the impact of government regulation of labor markets. Prerequisite: Economics 101. ECONOMICS 212. (3) ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS. This course examines the economic determinants of environmental change and analyzes the principal remedies proposed for the problems of pollution, resource exploitation, and overpopulation. Case studies are used to illustrate, and require use of, the concepts of public goods, externalities, benefit-cost analysis, and government regulation. Prerequisite: Economics 101. Offered: spring semester.