Spring 2022 - ECON 290 D100

Canadian Microeconomic Policy (3)

Class Number: 3921

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 103 or 200, with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A general survey of Canadian microeconomic policy issues. The course covers topics such as regulation, taxation, environmental and resource policy, health care, education and income distribution. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is arranged to introduce you to the analytical tools used in microeconomics that can be applied to public policy problems. We will start with the competitive market benchmark and then examine situations where markets fail. Each source of market failure will be examined from a theoretical perspective, followed by policy examples. Policy topics will include issues such as inequality, the distribution of income, taxation, minimum wages and unions, unemployment and health insurance, natural resources and environmental policies, international trade, etc.

Topics:

  1. Perfectly Competitive Markets
  2. Public Goods/Common Resource Goods
  3. Inequality
  4. Market Power
  5. Externalities
  6. Asymmetric Information

 

Grading

  • Canvas Quizzes 20%
  • Participation/Discussions 20%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam (Cumulative) 40%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Required readings will be provided via Canvas web portal.


RECOMMENDED READING:

Baumol, Blinder, Solow. Microeconomics: Principles and policy. Nelson Education, 2020.


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Final exam schedules will be released during the second month of classes. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the entire final exam period until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.

***NO TUTORIALS DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES***

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.