Spring 2023 - ECON 290 D100

Microeconomic Policy (3)

Class Number: 3266

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A general survey of microeconomic policy issues. Explores current topics in microeconomic policy including but not limited to: regulation, taxation, international trade, environmental and resource policy, health care, education, minimum wage and other labor policy, and income distribution. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

A general survey of microeconomic policy issues. 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. Explores current topics in microeconomic policy including but not limited to: regulation, taxation, international trade, environmental and resource policy, health care, education, minimum wage and other labor policy, and income distribution.

Topics:

  1. Supply, Demand, and Public Policy
  2. Public Goods/Common Resource Goods
  3. Market Power
  4. Externalities and the Environment
  5. Labour, Immigration, and Inequality
  6. Asymmetric Information and Health

Grading

  • Canvas Quizzes 20%
  • Participation/Discussions 20%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Final Exam (note: 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.

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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

SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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