Economic analysis of government tax and expenditure policies; topics include public good and externality theory, public choice theory, income distribution, cost-benefit analysis, principles of taxation, tax incidence, economic effects and optimal structures of major taxes, and taxation in developing economies. 3 undergraduate hours
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
ECON 102 (Microeconomic Principles)
ECON 103 (Macroeconomic Principles)
MATH 220 or MATH 221 (Calculus 1)
ECON 302 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)
Faculty Teaching the Course:
This course is taught by the below faculty ~ you may click on their name to view their website with additional information. Please check the Course Explorer or Enterprise/Self-Service to see what section they will be teaching (teaching schedules vary by semester).
Professor Fred Giertz
Past Course Syllabi:
The following syllabi are from past semesters and should only be used as a guide for the information covered in the course and general structure of the course. The instructors have the right to change the course for upcoming semesters ~ please refer to the syllabus they distribute the first day of class.
ECON 411 Hassan Arvin-Rad Past Syllabus
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Additional Information About the Course:
- Is the class discussion or lecture based? More of an emphasis towards lecturing, but highly encourages discussion
- How would you describe your teaching style? He uses PowerPoint and discusses information but will also take written notes on board
- In what ways are students evaluated/ graded (tests-- multiple choice or essay?, papers, etc)? Course breakdown from past semesters: 2 midterms each worth 25%, 1 final 35%, Homework assignments 15%; *note: final is cumulative. All exams are closed book but you can bring a simple calculator; *note: exams are a mix of multiple choice and essay questions (graphs)
- What careers will your course give students an advantage in? The premise of the course is to learn about tax and the spending activities of the Government. Careers in the Public Sector, or Government would benefit from taking this course
- Would this be a good course to use for a graduate school application? Good course is students want to pursue a law school
- What is your background in Economics or the field you are teaching in? Professor Arvin-Rad has a PHD in Economics with a focus in Econometrics from the University of Pennsylvania (fun fact: it was the same college Trump went to).
- How would you consider the workload in comparison to other 400 Level Economics Courses? Average compared to other courses but should really get the opinion of students because they would be the ones taking multiple 400 level courses.
- What is your attendance/participation policy? Does pop attendance checks – but are not mandatory. His only form of “extra credit” is this because he uses it at end to determine grades for border line situations.