Syllabus for Hanson's GMU class:
Economic Problems and Public Policies

Economics 309, meets 7:20-10:00pm, Wednesday, during Fall 2021, Carow Hall, Main Room.

Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Assoc. Professor, Economics (rhanson@gmu.edu, http://hanson.gmu.edu)
Phone: Office 703-993-2326, Cell 703-201-8129.
Office Hours: Officially Wednesday 5-7p, but I'm available at far more times; email or call.

Catalog Entry:

Economic problems in light of current and proposed public policies. Topics include environmental issues, international trade policies, and regulatory issues and their historical roots. Limited to three attempts. Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 100 or 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Class Concept: After reviewing key econ concepts, we will engage with many big policy issues, practicing using econ to identify which way each consideration pushes on each policy question.

Assignments:

Defended Opinion Topics
  1. TBD
  2. TBD
  3. TBD
Due Dates: Grade Weights: Class Participate 5%, 13% per Quiz and paper, 17% final.

Schedule
WeekTopic
25 Aug Review of Econ, Humans
1 Sep Paternalism, Talk
8 Sep Insurance
15 Sep Food Quiz
22 Sep Fertility
29 Sep Medicine
6 Oct School Quiz,Paper
13 Oct Jobs
20 Oct Land, Finance
27 Oct Law
3 Nov Discrimination Quiz,Paper
10 Nov Emergencies, Innovation
17 Nov No Class
24 Nov No Class Paper
1 Dec World, Systems
8 Dec Final Exam

Readings

Readings are at http://hanson.gmu.edu/EC309readings.html