Courses

Here are the courses that I regularly teach at JMU, with catalog descriptions and links to my pages:

ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics: Behavior of systems at the national and international levels. Topics include the methodology of economics as a social science, supply and demand, definition and measurement of important macroeconomic variables, and theoretical models of growth, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, business cycles, stabilization policy, exchange rates and the balance of payments.

ECON 201, Principles of Microeconomics: Topics covered include supply and demand, consumer choice, economics of the firm and industry, production costs, distribution theory, international trade, comparative economic systems, and the philosophy of economics.

ECON 345, Industrial Organization: An examination of contemporary U.S. industrial concentration both in the aggregate and within particular industries with emphasis on public policy implications. Alternative theories of the firm are considered in relation to different market structures.

ECON 385, Econometrics: Course discusses construction of models based on economic theory including identification of variables, development and testing of hypotheses for single- and multi-equation systems.

ECON 488, Senior Capstone Seminar in Economics: This course is a writing-intensive seminar offering a student the opportunity to integrate many of his/her undergraduate studies in economics. Its substantive content will emphasize applying the methods of theoretical and empirical analyses employed by all economists. The seminar will be structured so as to contain embedded assessment measures of the learning objectives specified by the department of economics, including those related to command of basic economic theory and of quantitative methods used in quantifying empirical relationships and testing hypothesis.

MBA 641, Microeconomics of Business Decision-Making: This course is designed to provide graduate business students with the basic analytical tools needed to understand the decisions made by profit-maximizing firms and the causal linkages between these decisions and market structures. The course uses case study approach to examine market demand, the costs and organization of production, and the structures of the markets in which firms operate.