ECON 496: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 496-006: Economics & Biosocial Data
(Spring 2020)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Carow Hall 01

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course will explore topics at the intersection of economics, biology, and genetics. We will address questions such as: What role do nature and nurture play in economic behavior and outcomes? Are there genetic variants that influence economic preferences and outcomes? What are the effects of brain neurochemistry on economic decision-making? How did economic preferences evolve? What are the implications (or lack thereof) of these and related findings for inequality, intergenerational mobility, and for economists and policy makers generally? The class will help prepare students to engage with and critically assess research that tackles those topics. The class will require a thorough understanding of introductory econometrics and statistics, but 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: Lecture

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