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Economania

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNEnrollment
June 19, 2017 - June 23, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenGuillermo Alves Temperan
10335ADD TO CART
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenGuillermo Alves Temperan
10504ADD TO CART
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenKevin Proulx
10843ADD TO CART
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenAdrian Rubli Ornelas
10844ADD TO CART
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenAdrian Rubli Ornelas
10853ADD TO CART
July 31, 2017 - August 04, 20171M-F 3:30P-6:20POpenAdrian Rubli Ornelas
10988ADD TO CART

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Course Description

Do good‐looking people earn more? Are 'Emily' and 'Greg' more employable than 'Lakisha' and 'Jamal'? Can cancer affect housing prices? Does living near a fast food restaurant cause obesity? Is corruption a cultural trait? This one-week core economics course will examine selected discoveries in applied microeconomics and explain them in easy‐to‐understand terms, introducing students to the techniques economists use to solve the riddles of everyday human behavior.

When you think of an economics course, you might guess that you would learn how supply and demand determine market prices, or how you can game the stock market to become a billionaire using clever economics theories. However, recent research in economics has answered interesting questions in many fields, the results of which can be observed in everyday life.

Each day, students will be introduced to different methods that are used in economics to identify causal effects in our everyday life. Some recent and interesting articles will be used to explain each method.

Students will learn how to analyze and interpret data, and test hypotheses using that data. They will also set up their own hypotheses and identify possible ways of testing them using the techniques learned in class. Part of class each day will be spent watching a popular documentary on the economic analysis of how humans respond to incentives, and we will apply what we learn in class to critique the arguments presented in the film. The culmination of the course will be a final project in which students will propose and present an original research idea that uses strategies and concepts covered in class. At the conclusion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the research strategies economists use to solve important and interesting questions about human behavior.

This course does not require any prerequisite economics courses but basic understanding of economics principles is helpful.

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