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Economics - Graduate Business

  • 401
    Economics for Business Decisions
    Managerial economics. Demand, cost, production, and pricing at the level of the individual firm or industry. Market structure and the regulatory environment. Emphasis on applications as well as theory. Prerequisite: OMIS 353.
  • 405
    Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
    Study of what determines the level and rate of growth of output, income, employment, and prices, and the level of interest and foreign exchange rates. Designed to prepare decision makers to understand how an economy functions in the aggregate and to help them interpret, analyze, and operate within a changing macroeconomic environment. Prerequisite: OMIS 353
  • 422
    Topics in Profit Maximizing Pricing
    Examines a number of pricing and planning topics. Topics include new product planning, determining relevant costs for the pricing decision, financial analysis for pricing, and anticipating and influencing competitor's pricing decisions. Other topics that may be covered include strategies for pricing in segmented markets, pricing product lines, and pricing products with learning curves and short life cycles. Class will be run as a seminar utilizing econometric and statistical modeling, case studies, and student research projects. Cross-listed as MKTG 588. Credit will not be given for both. Prerequisites: ECON 401, MKTG 551, differential calculus, and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing and regression analysis.
  • 424
    Economics of Decision Making Under Uncertainty
    Examination of managerial decision making from the behavioral point of view. Identification of the normatively "correct" decision in a number of specific decision problems; comparison with the actual decisions most managers make. Discussion of actual decisions and the nature and frequency of biases. Techniques for eliminating bias to improve the quality of decision making. Prerequisite: ECON 401.
  • 430
    Game Theory and Strategic Behavior
    General techniques for analyzing business conflict and cooperation problems. Emphasis on the negotiation process from analytical and behavioral perspectives. The manager as mediator and arbitrator. Use of game theory to conduct strategic analysis internal and external to the firm. Applications to agenda construction, voting procedures, labor negotiation, agency contracting, pricing policy, timing of new product introduction. Prerequisite: ECON 401.
  • 432
    International Economics
    The international economic environment and the relationship between public policy and international business activity. Emphasis on the application of principles and techniques of economic analysis to foreign trade and the national economy, the means of international payments, foreign exchange markets, investment overseas, balance of payment effects, competition, and specialization, national attempts at control, international agreements and institutions, and changing patterns of investment and trade. Lectures, discussions, and short papers on current policy issues. Prerequisites: ECON 401 and ECON 405.
  • 434
    Money and the Economy
    The financial system as a whole. The basic determinants of the supply of and demand for loanable funds, the manner in which funds are exchanged in the money and capital markets, the influence of demand and supply factors on interest rates, the impact of changes in interest rates, money supply, and loanable funds on the level of economic activity. Prerequisite: ECON 405.
  • 436
    Bus & Economic Forecast
  • 438
    Tech Reg & Econ History
  • 442
    Economic Analysis of Law
  • 444
    Emerging Markets
    Explores an ongoing process of fundamental significance to the global economy-emerging markets. Emphasis on the broad macroeconomic effects of policies and market outcomes, as well as the specific microeconomics of strategic choice that can be used to characterize the process of policy determination and market outcomes. Theoretical framework emphasizes the microeconomics and institutional economics of business groups, corruption, reform in China, and privatization. Prerequisites: ECON 405 and FNCE 451.
  • 466
    International Monetary & Financial Relations
    In-depth examination of the functioning of the international monetary system and international financial arrangements. Transfer of international payments, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments, international liquidity, international portfolios and direct investment, international financial markets and institutions, and international banking. Prerequisites: ECON 405 and OMIS 353.
  • 696
    Special Topics
    Covers special topics; offered on an occasional basis.
  • 698
    Independent Study
  • 699
    Master's Thesis
  • 701
    Economic Growth in Africa: The Next Emerging Market?
    An intensive application of economics to understanding the long, sustained decline in African economics. Lessons include acquiring a thorough appreciation of the importance of political factors in economics of the developing world; investment risk applications; international trade and finance issues; effects of embargoes and sanctions; theory and empirics of economic growth. Prerequisites: ECON 401 and ECON 405. Concentration: none. This course is not open to students who have taken ECON 444.
  • 702
    Corruption and Sweatshops in Emerging Economies
    Class will explore empirical, economic, and ethical issues associated with the interrelated phenomenon of international corruption, sweatshop labor, and child labor. These issues have become staples in newspaper headlines, political protests (in Seattle and beyond), and legal action against U.S. corporations. Managers of multinational corporations need to have an understanding of the issues, rhetoric, ethics and the law. Prerequisites: ECON 401 and ECON 405. Concentration: none. This course is not open to students who have taken ECON 444.
  • 852
    Managerial Economics for Business Decisions
    Explores microeconomic theories used for managerial decisions in industries and organizations. Discusses the economic behavior of individuals and firms to understand how their interactions in markets affect managerial decisions. Concepts of market, price elasticity, theory of consumer choice, and both intra-firm and inter-firm strategic interactions will be discussed using various analytical tools. Includes regression analysis.
  • 857
    Macroeconomics
    Study of what determines the level and rate of growth of economic output, income, employment and prices, and the level of interest and foreign exchange rates. Designed to prepare decision makers to understand how an economy functions in the aggregate and to help them interpret, analyze, and operate within a changing macroeconomic environment.
  • 952
    Managerial Economics for Business Decisions
  • 2401
    Economics for Business Decisions
    Managerial economics. Demand, cost, production, and pricing at the level of the individual firm or industry. Market structure and the regulatory environment. Emphasis on applications as well as theory.
  • 2405
    Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
    Study of what determines the level and rate of growth of output, income, employment, and prices, and the level of interest and foreign exchange rates. Designed to prepare decision makers to understand how an economy functions in the aggregate and to help them interpret, analyze, and operate within a changing macroeconomic environment.
  • 3400
    Microeconomics & Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
    The first part of the course utilizes the tools of microeconomic theory to analyze and understand essential topics related to optimal business decisions. Topics include the characteristics of costs and demand and profit maximization pricing. Market structures are studied with a focus on differences and the concomitant consequences for business decisions. Students will understand the various market structures in the context of the global trade environment. Regression analysis is used to rigorously estimate costs and demand. The class utilizes many examples from the Silicon Valley to help integrate market theory and practice and provides a powerful analytical basis for the further study of business topics.
  • 3402
    Microeconomics and Macroeconomics in the Global Economy II
    Part two of the course is designed to help students better understand the macroeconomic environments - national and global - in which businesses, households, and governments operate - and why those environments change. Some of the questions addressed are: Why does an economy grow over time? What causes recessions and unemployment? Why do we have financial crises, and why are they potentially so damaging? Are government deficits detrimental or beneficial, and under what conditions? What determines changes in interest rates, the rate of inflation, and the foreign exchange rate, and what are the consequences of such changes?
  • 3422
    Topics in Profit Maximizing Pricing
    Company strategies to approximate the profit maximizing price of microeconomic theory using only information that is readily available to the company. Topics include: costs relevant for pricing decision; financial analysis for determining change in sales needed to make price changes profitable; analysis of customers and customer price sensitivity; pricing in segmented markets; anticipating and influencing competitor pricing decisions; competitive advantages and disadvantages in profit focused pricing decisions. Topics are integrated to provide real-world path to profit maximizing pricing. Class run as a seminar with student interaction and student research projects.
  • 3430
    Game Theory and Strategic Behavior
    Studies theoretical concepts and tools for analyzing issues in the business environment such as conflict, bargaining, pretending and shirking in organizations and markets, agenda construction, and strategic commitment. Teaches game theoretical topics such as Nash-equilibrium, Sub game perfection, Bayesian Nash-equilibrium, Harsanyi transformation, commitment, and Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium.
  • 3432
    International Trade
    Applies principles and techniques to patterns of foreign trade, foreign investment and the national economy, international agreements and institutions, and environmental and social effects of trade. Covers theory of comparative advantage, distributional issues relating to trade, political economy of trade protection and trade agreements, and empirical issues in applied trade analysis. Features lectures, discussions, and short papers on current policy issues.
 
 
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