Fall 2024

Intro to Economics Discussion

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-111F


Brian H. Baisa (Sections 01F, 02F and 03F)
Daniel P. Barbezat (Sections 01F, 02F and 03F)
Mesay Melese Gebresilasse (Section 05F)
Jun Ishii (Section 04F)
Caroline B. Theoharides (Section 06F)


Discussion for ECON 111. Requisite for all other courses in Economics.

Two 80-minute and one 50-minute lecture/discussion per week. Fall and spring semesters. The Department.

An introduction to the core ideas economists use to understand the U.S. and world economy.  Every day, people use their time, talent and energy to produce, sell, buy and consume a bewildering variety of goods and services.  How are all these activities organized and connected?  How do societies decide what gets produced now, and how much to invest for the future?  Why do some people, and some groups, earn more than others, and how can the economy be made more equitable?  Why are some countries so much richer than others, and what might poor countries do to ‘catch up’?  What effect does international trade have on workers, consumers, and firms, both in the U.S. and overseas?  What can be done to mitigate the harmful effects of economic activity on the natural environment?  What role does government play in organizing economic activity?  Economics is the study of these and many other related questions.  We study both microeconomics, which looks at the role of consumers, markets, firms, and governments in determining how our society allocates its scarce resources; and macroeconomics, which addresses the economy as a whole, especially issues related to output, unemployment, productivity, and inflation.

How to handle overenrollment: Drop students who do not attend the first two classes and admit students from a waiting list.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Quantitative reasoning; Modes of learning and assessment include readings, lectures, problem sets, in-class quizzes, exams, short paper, graphical analysis, group discussion.

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