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Principles of Economics

Date: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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THE COURSE

This course is designed as an eight-week introduction to the study of economics. Participants will be exposed to the economic way of thinking and learn about the functioning of a modern market economy. The early part of the course focuses on microeconomic analysis including the behavior of consumers and firms. We analyze markets for goods and services and policy choices that affect these markets. The later part of the course moves on to macroeconomic concepts such as national production, employment, inflation and interest rates. We explore models that determine long-run growth and short-term fluctuations in national economies. We then discuss the role of government regulation, monetary policy, and fiscal policy.

COURSE OUTLINE

Part 1

  • The Basic Core
  • Getting Started
  • Observing and Explaining the Economy
  • The Supply and Demand Model
  • Using the Supply and Demand Model

Part 2

  • The Competitive Equilibrium Model
  • Deriving Demand
  • Deriving Supply
  • Market Equilibrium and Efficiency
  • Firms and Industries Changing Over Time
  • Cost and Changes at Firms Over Time
  • The Rise and Fall of Industries

Part 3

  • Deviations from Competition
  • Monopoly and Market Power
  • Between Monopoly and Competition
  • Antitrust Policy and Regulation

Part 4

  • Labor Markets
  • The Labor Supply and Demand Model
  • Labor Model Cont. – Min. Wage and Discrimination
  • Key Economic Policy Issues
  • Taxes, Transfers and Income Distribution
  • Public Goods and Externalities
  • Government Failure and Success

Part 5

  • Financial and Capital Markets
  • Markets for Physical Capital
  • Financial Markets: Risk and Return
  • Macro Facts and Measures
  • Getting Started with Macroeconomic Ideas
  • Measuring Production, Income and Spending of Nations

Part 6

  • Long Run Macro
  • Determining Consumption, Investment and Govt. Shares
  • Employment and Unemployment
  • Productivity, Econ. Growth and Determining Factors
  • A Look at Money, Inflation and the Fed

Part 7

  • Short Run Macro
  • Introduction to Economic Fluctuations
  • Economic Fluctuations Model
  • Using the ADIA Model

Part 8

  • Macro Policy Issues
  • Intro to Macroeconomic Policy
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Monetary Policy Analysis
  • International Economic Issues
  • Gains from Trade
  • International Trade Policy – Tariffs and Quotas

FAQ

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No. All required course materials will be provided through the online platform. The textbook Principles of Economics, Seventh Edition, by John B. Taylor and Akila Weerapana, may be used as a study resource, but is not required. Used books, earlier editions, rentals, or e-books versions of this book are options to keep the cost down.

Will I receive Stanford credit for this course?

No. For those interested in a for-credit, Stanford Summer Session course covering similar material, see Econ 1V.

COURSE STAFF

John B. Taylor

John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He was previously the director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and was founding director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center. He has a long and distinguished record of public service. Among other roles, he served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1991 and as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 2001 to 2005.

Ryan Triolo (Head TA)

Ryan is a Master's student in Public Policy and International Policy Studies, and has 2 years experience as a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Economics at Stanford.

Nick Pataki

Nick is a Master's student in Public Policy and International Policy Studies, and has 2 years experience as a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Economics at Stanford.

Constantine Yannelis

Constantine is a PhD student in Economics, and has one year experience as a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Economics at Stanford.

Jessie Li

Jessie is a PhD student in Economics, and has one year experience as a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Economics at Stanford


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