Graduate Economics Courses

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ECO 542 Economic Reasoning. An examination of economic concepts, principles, definitions, and relationships. Designed to provide analytical micro and macroeconomic techniques and concepts necessary to reason from an economic point of view. Prerequisite: MTH 110. Offered fall and winter semesters. Three credits.

ECO 613 Business and Economic Forecasting. Econometric applications of data collection, analysis and forecasting to economic and business problems. Topics include time-series analysis, multiple regression, economic modeling and research applications. Prerequisites: 542, FIN 521, or equivalents. Three credits.

ECO 641 Business Economics and Strategy. Develops an analytical framework to identify and evaluate cost-cutting or revenue-enhancing strategies. Topics include: economics of production costs and consumer demand, projections using supply/demand analysis, competitive labor markets and employee compensation strategies, cost-benefit analysis of investment projects, decision-making under uncertainty, product pricing strategies, make-or-buy decisions, economics of business organization. Prerequisites: ECO 542  or equivalent. Offered fall and winter. Three credits.

ECO 642 Corporate Strategy for Business Cycles. Focuses on techniques to deal with seasonal and cyclical economic fluctuations. Topics include: using economic indicators to forecast the onset and duration of business cycles, impact on business of government stabilization efforts, estimating the firm's vulnerability to economic fluctuations, and the opportunities to reduce the risk inherent in business cycles. Prerequisites: ECO 542, or equivalents. Three credits.

ECO 645 International Economic Issues. Selection of contemporary topics, including: effects of trade arrangements such as NAFTA and the European Union on business; opportunities for multinational enterprises in emerging markets; impacts on domestic industry of government trade policy; and the effects of interest and exchange rate fluctuations on trade strategy and capital flows. Prerequisite: Admitted SCB or permit. Three credits.

ECO 646 Employment, Wages, and Productivity. Examines labor market and personnel issues. Topics include: training and employee productivity, employee compensation and incentives, effects of international trade on labor markets, information issues in labor markets as they relate to turnover and hiring practices; business cycle effects on labor markets; and the role of labor unions. Prerequisites: ECO 542, or equivalents. Three credits.

ECO 680 Selected Topics in Economics. Analysis of contemporary and controversial issues in a specific area of economics. Although the course content is applications-oriented, it varies depending on students and faculty interests. Consult the current schedule of classes for details. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. One to three credits.

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