Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Economics Courses

ECON-11500 Current Economic Issues SS LA 1

The study of economic issues tied to selected topics, such as unemployment and inflation, budget deficits, health care reform, trade policy, poverty, discrimination and welfare reform, environmental pollution control policy, and energy policy. 3 credits. (IRR)

ECON-12100 Principles of Macroeconomics SS LA 1

Introduction to economics as a discipline and as an analytical approach to problem solving. Macroeconomics includes the following topics: production-possibilities frontiers, determination and measurement of national income, business cycles, money and banking, federal reserve system, fiscal and monetary policies, schools of economic thought, business organizations, taxation, social versus private goods, price levels, and applications to current economic problems. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-12200 Principles of Microeconomics SS LA 1

Introduction to microeconomics, with topics such as determination of price by supply and demand, theory of consumer demand and utility, analysis of costs and supply, market structures and industry organization including monopoly, distribution of income, pricing of productive resources (wages, interest, profits, and rents), international economics, comparative economic systems, and applications to current economic problems. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-22000 Managerial Economics LA

The application of microeconomic theories to managerial decisions with respect to production, pricing, auction behavior, and market participation. Topics include pricing and strategy decision making in the context of auctions; perfect competition and imperfect competition; production and cost considerations; how to influence competitor behavior; how to react to competitor behavior; and understanding and applying marginal analysis (e.g., marginal cost, marginal revenue). Not open to students who have earned credit for FINA-30100. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200. 3 credits. (S)

ECON-26200 Economics of Welfare Policies SS LA 1

An investigation and critique of the present U.S. welfare system, leading to policy implications in the form of alternative systems that would be more cost effective. Economic criteria or optimality conditions provide the parameters for the critique. Social Security, AFDC, food coupons, housing programs, and the relationships between work incentives and welfare are analyzed. Alternatives, such as negative income tax and a restructured welfare system, are studied. Designed primarily for social work minors, but others are encouraged to enroll. Prerequisites: ECON-12100; one course in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-27000 The Economic Emergence of Women SS LA 1, h

Introduction to the economic issues and origins of women's new role in the economy. Topics include the economic impetus behind women's emergence, sex segregation on the job, the low wages of women, discrimination, the economics and policies of family care, and the industrialization of housework and child care. Prerequisites: ECON-12100 or ECON-12200; one course in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-28100 Environmental Economics SS LA 1

Introduction to the study of environmental problems with the perspective, analytical ideas, and methodology of economics. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of environmental policy. Topics include the relationship between economic activity and environmental quality, the role of economic analysis in environmental policy decisions, economic analysis of pollution control strategies, and economic analysis of environmental policy in both the United States and the international community. Prerequisites: ECON-12200. 3 credits. (S)

ECON-30100 Labor Economics SS LA

Presents the economics of labor through concepts such as human capital or resources; factors of production; market forces; employed, unemployed, minority, majority, union, nonunion, theory, and evidence, and their relevance to public policy decisions. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-30400 Economics of Health Care SS LA

Peculiar economic characteristics of the health care industry. Supply of and demand for health care services; causal and remedial forces of institutionalized frameworks, market mechanisms, and governmental intrusions. Analysis of pricing in terms of the above forces and productivity. Ideal economic characteristics of medical insurance, as contrasted with several proposals for national health insurance. Production for national health insurance. Production function, cost-effectiveness, and benefit-cost analysis. Cross-listed with HPS-30400; students cannot receive credit for both ECON-30400 and HPS-30400. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-31200 Economic Development SS LA

Examination of economic change in developing countries. An evaluation of the goals of current development policy at national and international levels. Alternative models of the development process are analyzed and evaluated on the basis of how well the models actually performed in developing countries during the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The feasibility of future policy options is discussed given present internal political conditions and the current global economic climate. Different regions of the world are emphasized based on class interest. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two additional courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (IRR)

ECON-32100 Money and Banking SS LA

Descriptive and theoretical treatment of money, banking, and credit phenomena in the United States. Monetary media, monetary standards, credit instruments, commercial and central banking operations, organization and operation of the Federal Reserve System, international monetary mechanisms, monetary theory, and past and present monetary policies. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-32200 Monetary Theory and Policy SS LA

Analysis of money and the monetary system in determining the level, composition, and growth of national income and the price level. Alternative theories of the supply and demand for money and the determination of interest rates. Appraisal of the impact of monetary policy on unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Strategies of monetary policy management, including analysis of policy targets and indicators, and contemporary policy decision making. Comparison of monetary policy with other stabilization policies, including fiscal policy, incomes policies, and indexing. Prerequisites: ECON-32100 or FINA-20300. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-32500 Public Finance SS LA

Study of the public sector's policy in budgeting, taxing, and spending, and an analytical assessment of the impact of fiscal policy from the point of view of macroeconomic objectives and welfare criteria. Planning programming budgeting systems. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-33300 Econometrics I SS LA

Statistical methods, simple and multiple regression analysis, and forecasting techniques applied to economic analysis. Exposure to statistical and econometric packages. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; MATH-14400; MATH-24300; MATH-24400. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-33400 Econometrics II SS LA

Advanced topics in econometrics, including problems in regression (multicollinearity, autocorrelation, heteroscedasticity), tests of linear restrictions, dummy variables, distributed lags, and simultaneous-equation models. Exposure to econometric computer packages. Prerequisites: ECON-33300. 3 credits. (S,E)

ECON-34100 Micro Analysis SS LA

Analysis of the allocation of resources, organization, and guidance of production, distribution of income, and regulation of consumption in a social economy, involving thorough consideration of the philosophy, language, concepts, measurement, and mathematics of the theories of demand, production, and markets for the firm. Not available to students who have taken ECON-34300. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in the humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-34200 Macro Analysis SS LA

Study of the concepts of wealth, output, and income; the process of saving and investment and its implications; the role of the government sector and of monetary policy; the theory of employment and output determination; and the problems caused by the requirement of economic growth. Not available to students who have taken ECON-34400. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in the humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-36800 Current International Economic Issues SS LA

Provides a working knowledge of contemporary issues in international economics. Analysis of balance of payments cycle, United States' balance of payments problems, possible policy alternatives, and the institutions that further economic cooperation. Eurodollars, exchanging notes, and multinational corporations are also considered. Prerequisites: ECON-32100; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-37200 Industrial Organization Economics SS LA

Extends and refines the economic theory of the firm to which students are exposed in economics principles courses. Drawing empirical evidence primarily from U.S. industries, it examines theories concerning the motives of firms, barriers to entry, product differentiation, and interdependence among firms. It also examines U.S. antitrust policy and regulatory issues. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ECON-38200 Economics of Growth SS LA

Analysis and description of the process of economic growth. A study of the role of government policy in affecting the growth of national output and the growth of factors of production that will sustain growth of national output. Topics include determinants of saving, investment in human and nonhuman capital, measurement of productivity of resources, and description of the generalized resource known as total factor. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; MATH-10800 or MATH-11100; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-41100 International Economics SS LA

Study of international trade patterns, gains from trade, and international investment, both private and government. Issues discussed include pros and cons of free trade, tariffs, the European Union, customs unions, currency markets, and balance of payments adjustment mechanisms. Prerequisites: ECON-34200; two courses in humanities, social sciences, or business. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ECON-41300 Economic Fluctuations and Forecasting SS LA

This course examines a variety of theories that explain the nature of economic fluctuations. The history of expansions and recessions in the United States is reviewed. Statistical techniques for forecasting the major macroeconomic variables are presented in detail. Various forecasting strategies, such as large-scale econometric models and the leading indicators, are evaluated. Prerequisites: ECON-33300; ECON-34200; MATH-24300. 3 credits. (S,O)

ECON-41600 Economics of Human Resources SS LA

Analysis of activities that influence future monetary and psychic income by increasing the resources of people, including skills, knowledge, and physical capacities. The activities are investments in human resources or human capital, including investments in health, education, welfare, job search, migration, and on-the-job training. The course includes an analysis of these investments in a theoretical framework supported by a survey of empirical studies. Primarily for economics majors, but open to nonmajors by permission. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; senior standing; or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,O)

ECON-49000 Internship NLA

Designed to offer applications of economic concepts. Business, banking, law, government, and not-for-profit agencies provide the settings. The student is expected to prepare a log of activities, an interim report, and a final report consisting of an economic analysis of the internship experience. Must be taken in the United States or London. All guidelines of the School of Humanities and Sciences must be followed. Prerequisites: Senior standing as major in the department or, with permission of the department, junior standing. 1-6 credits. (F-S,Y)

ECON-49200 Special Problems in Economics (Tutorial) U LA

Guided research, study, and writing on subjects selected by faculty-student consultation. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; senior standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ECON-49900 Independent Study U LA

Program of special reading and research under supervision of the department. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: ECON-12100-ECON-12200; senior standing; or by special permission of the department. 1-4 credits.