ECON 496: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 496-003: Economics, Biology & Genetics
(Spring 2023)

10:30 AM to 01:10 PM T

Music Theater Building 1008

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Section Information for Spring 2023

This course will cover new and old research at the intersection of economics, biology, and genetics. We will 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 (or lack thereof) of these findings for inequality, intergenerational mobility, and for economists and policy makers generally; the implications of the rapidly improving predictive power of genetic data; and the implications of new technologies that allow some form of genetic selection or engineering. The course will involve engaged discussion of important academic articles. It will involve a mixture of lectures and seminar-style discussions during which we will discuss the weekly readings. The course requires a good understanding of introductory econometrics and statistics, but no previous background in biology or genetics is required. 

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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