About EC 011 A

Introduction to economic concepts, institutions, and analysis, particularly as related to the economy as a whole. May be taught with traditional approach or with strong mathematical emphasis.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Expectation

Today’s economic climate underscores the relevance of studying macroeconomics. High levels of economic insecurity, high unemployment globally, debates about tax fairness, deficits and debt, rising inequality, and ecological degradation all pose challenges that require public engagement to identify viable fresh ideas and policy solutions. A key objective of EC 11 is to improve your ability to read about current events, understand the economic issues involved, and evaluate public debates on economic policies. Among the topics we will explore are the determinants of economic growth and differences in income and well-being across countries. We also will examine economic fluctuations – the causes of high unemployment and inflation, as well as the possible remedies. Understanding how the economy works on a macroeconomic level will help you develop well-reasoned answers to questions like: • Is economic growth compatible with ecological sustainability? • Can government policies promote faster economic growth? Can they prevent or shorten a recession? • How did policymakers respond to the housing crisis that began in summer 2007 and to the recession that followed? • Does inequality matter for economy-wide living standards?

Course Dates



Williams Hall 301 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday and Wednesday

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