New economics course wrestles with poverty and inequality

August 30, 2018

Are you wondering whether the rich really are getting richer and the poor really are getting poorer? Are you curious about where equality of opportunity comes into play? Do you take the bus through the Downtown Eastside and wonder why it is the way it is, and whether we can change it? Do you wrestle with questions about how we should provide public assistance, and who deserves it?

This fall, the Department of Economics is offering a new economics course for students from all faculties: ECON 182 Poverty & Inequality.

In a world where the gap between the wealthy and the less fortunate is perceived to be widening, ECON 182 examines real issues, such as inequality and globalization, poverty and homelessness, redistribution and basic income policies, the monetization of politics, and other topics relating to economic inequality in our world.

Afraid of economics? Don’t be. This course doesn’t focus on the mathematical exposition of economic models or on difficult statistical methodologies. Instead, it uses intuitive economic tools and easy-to-understand data to explore current developments in inequality, poverty and homelessness.

ECON 182 will be taught by professor Krishna Pendakur. A leading expert in the fields of economic inequality and statistical methods for economic applications, in 2016 he spent the year at Harvard University as a visiting professor.

The course is open for enrolment now and is also cross-listed as FASS 118. Click here for details.