Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Assoc. Professor, Economics
Phone: Office 703-993-2326, Cell 703-201-8129.
Office Hours: Officially Monday 10:30-11:45a, but I'm available at far more times; email or call.
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.
|22,24 Aug||Review of Econ, Humans|
|29,31 Aug||Paternalism, Talk|
|7 Sep||Insurance||No Class Monday|
|12,14 Sep||Food||Quiz Monday|
|26,28 Sep||Medicine||Quiz, Paper Due Wednesday|
|3,5 Oct||Medicine||No Class Wednesday|
|11,12 Oct||School, Jobs||Note Monday class meets Tuesday|
|17,19 Oct||Land, Finance|
|24,26 Oct||Law||Quiz, Paper Wednesday.|
|7,9 Nov||Emergencies, Innovation|
|21,23 Nov||TBD||Paper Due Monday|
|28,30 Nov||World, Systems|
|12 Dec||Final Exam|
This one text is required: The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life.
All other readings are free online at http://hanson.gmu.edu/EC309readings.html