ECON 496: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 496-007: Economics & Biosocial Data
(Spring 2024)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R

Horizon Hall 1007

Section Information for Spring 2024

This course will cover new and old research at the intersection of economics, biology, and genetics. We’ll address questions such as: Do nature and nurture influence economic behavior and outcomes, and how? Are there genetic variants that influence economic preferences and outcomes? What are the effects of brain neurochemistry on economic decision-making? We’ll discuss important policy issues such as the implications of these findings for inequality and intergenerational mobility as well as for insurance and labor markets. We’ll also discuss the implications of new technologies that allow some form of genetic selection/engineering. 

The course will teach valuable skills and knowledge relevant for careers in economics, policy making, biotech, and data analytics. It will require a fine understanding of introductory econometrics and statistics. It will help consolidate those skills and teach how to read and process regression tables from top research papers and reports. The course will involve engaged discussion of important articles and book chapters.  

No previous background in biology or genetics is required. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Subject matter varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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