Department News

Learning about economics in government and literature: new courses next spring

November 09, 2018

Are you looking for some fascinating economics courses to take?

The Department of Economics is introducing two new ECON courses: ECON 104 Economics and Government, and ECON 182 – Economics in Literature.

ECON 104: Economics and Government

This course will be taught by award-winning economics professor Dr. Krishna Pendakur, an expert on economic poverty and inequality. It will focus on the relationship between economics and government.

Economics underlies the decisions that must be made by government, and a little bit of economics can often help make these decisions more reasonably. Politicians may tell you that they can lower your income taxes and increase healthcare spending, but economics can tell you that if they do those things, they must either raise other taxes, cut other expenditures, or borrow a bunch of money.

If you want to learn more about how economics and government are interrelated, then this course is for you.

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ECON 182: Economics in Literature

This course will be taught by award-winning professor and research faculty, Dr. Douglas Allen. If you want to learn about economics but in a more literary form, eschewing the use of formal models, graphs, and mathematics, then this course is for you.

Using only short stories, novel excerpts, and poetry, this course will explore how economic concepts, often learned through formal models, can manifest in words and literature. It will also introduce students unfamiliar with economic concepts to a wide range of economic ideas through literature.

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