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ECONOMICS (ECO)

ECO 110 Cr. 3
Microeconomics and Public Policy
Introduction to microeconomic principles and their application to decision-making by individuals, businesses, and government. General topics include: supply and demand, market structures, product and factor markets, labor unions, government regulation, income distribution, and economic analysis of current social issues.

ECO 120 Cr. 3
Global Macroeconomics
Introduction to the functioning of the world economy. Applications of economic principles to domestic and international problems with an introduction to economic systems, economic thought, and economic history around the world. General topics include: the economics of international trade and exchange rates, global macro- economics, international monetary systems, and economic development.

ECO 110 and 120 are Pre-MBA foundation courses.

ECO 400/500 Cr. 3
Monetary Theory and Policy
This course is concerned with the theory and practice of monetary policy in the modern market economy, with particular reference to the U.S. economy and institutional framework. Topics covered include: the ability of the central bank to regulate the supply of money and credit conditions; factors affecting the demand for money; and the relationship between changes in the money supply and interest rates and the impact of changes in each of these on other economic variables. Prerequisites: ECO 301, and senior standing.

ECO 402/502 Cr. 3
Public Sector Economics
Theory and policy of revenues and expenditures in the public sector. Public sector issues are analyzed using public choice theory and cost-benefit analysis. Expenditure programs and taxation are considered at the national, state, and local government levels. Prerequisite: ECO 110.

ECO 409/509 Cr. 3
Econometric Methods
Development of statistical techniques used in empirical economics analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and application of the linear regression model. Prerequisites: ECO 307 or MTH 305 and one economics course at 300 level or above.

ECO 441/541 Cr. 3
International Financial Economics
The economics of the international monetary system and financial transactions, with emphasis on macroeconomic policy. Balance of payments problems, exchange rate determination and its effect on economic growth and stability, and policies to achieve international market equilibrium are analyzed from a theoretical and empirical point of view. Prerequisite: ECO 305 or 340.

ECO 447/547 Cr. 3
Urban/Regional Economics
Introduction to spatial economics and application of economic principles to urban and regional problems. Topics include: urbanization; migration; location and systems of cities; land use patterns; urban/regional growth; and selected urban problems, such as housing, transportation, poverty, crime, pollution, urban sprawl, and new cities. Prerequisites: ECO 110 and 120.

ECO 471/571 Cr. 3
Health Economics
Study of the use of resources in health care: organization of health care delivery, relationships between health care and health status, and the economic evaluation of health care services. The U.S. system is compared with those of other nations, focusing on the roles of the consumers and providers in health care markets, and on the roles of government in shaping demand, supply and utilization. Prerequisite: ECO 110.

ECO 474/574 Cr. 1-3
Economic Forum
Emphasis will be on examination and study of current economic issues. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: ECO 110 and 120. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 6.

BUS 490/690 Cr. 1-3
Executive-in-Residence Forum
The Forum, as conceived and implemented, provides students with opportunities to discuss critical business issues confronting corporate managers and public officials. Course will focus on environmental forces which impact on decision making, managerial techniques and styles and futuristic planning. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of the dean of the College of Business Administration. May be applicable to core restricted electives or major electives if approved by major department chairperson. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 6.

ECO 703 Cr. 1
Foundations of Microeconomics
Introduction to microeconomics analysis with an emphasis on effective decision-making. Topics include: supply and demand, profit maximization, pricing strategies, market structures, antitrust regulation, and strategic positioning for competitive advantage. Offered Summer Session.

ECO 704 Cr. 1
Foundations of Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomic analysis with an emphasis on effective decision-making. Topics include: monetary policy, fiscal policy, and the economics of international trade and exchange rates. Prerequisite: ECO 703 or a previous economics course. Offered Summer Session.

ECO 710 Cr. 3
Managerial Economics

Application of economic principles to management problem formulation, problem solving and decision making. Topics include decisions under risk and uncertainty, demand, production and cost analysis, pricing practices and capital budgeting.

ECO 712 Cr. 3
Business Fluctuations
An introduction to the dynamic analysis of the aggregate economy. Topics include economic models and dynamic analysis, production and economic growth, consumption and saving, government activity and its financing, money and the price level, unemployment, and aggregate forecasting.

ECO 797 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Individual reading or research under the guidance of a staff member. Registration with the consent of the student's regular adviser, the instructor and the department chairperson. Students must have completed a minimum of 21 credits in the MBA program with a minimum GPA of 3.50. Approval form available in the office of the dean of the College of Business Administration. Form must be completed prior to registration. Repeatable for credit -- maximum 3.*


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