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New EC 399 topics for Spring

The Spring 2017 Course Schedule has two new EC 399 courses for undergraduate students to take!  EC 399 courses are repeatable when the topic changes so undergraduate students may take and receive credit for both courses listed below.

EC 399 Economics of Inequality

  • Instructor: Michael Jerman
  • CRN: 31908
  • Time: MW 1000-1120
  • Tentative Syllabus: linked here
  • Course Description: “Inequality is one of the most important issues facing today’s world. In this class, we will analyze inequality from an economic perspective. We will begin by studying the various ways to measure inequality and the normative properties of various inequality measures. We will next explore the historical evolution of inequality, a topic that has received considerable attention since the publication of Thomas Piketty’s famous book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. We will then move beyond income and analyze inequality along other dimensions, such as gender, race, and factors of production. Next, we will consider the real effects of inequality on health, mobility, growth, and other outcomes. Lastly, we will consider the future of inequality and the various policy interventions that have proposed to reduce it. At the end of this course, you will have an extensive understanding of what inequality is, the economic consequences of it, and how we might impact the current trends in inequality.”

EC 399 Behavioral Economics

  • Instructor: Professor Jiabin Wu
  • CRN: 36371
  • Time: MW 1200-1320
  • Tentative syllabus: linked here
  • Course Description: “Behavioral economics incorporates psychologists’ perspectives on how people behave into formal economic analysis. Traditionally, economic theories assumes that people are good at making choices that achieve their aims. However, experimental evidences increasingly support the idea that people often deviate from rational behavior in systematic ways. This course focuses on what these deviations are and what kind of new insights they bring to economic applications.”

The Registrar’s Office has more information about registering for classes here.

Email economics@uoregon.edu if you have any questions.