ECON 695: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 695-003: Airline Economics
(Spring 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Innovation Hall 215G

Section Information for Spring 2019

This course cannot be used to fulfill PhD requirements.


No business applies economic theory better than airlines. From using price elasticity to determine pricing, to forecasting at many different levels, to using incentives to drive consumer behavior, and more, the airline industry is a perfect application of many abstract concepts from Micro and Macro Economics. Bag fees, delays, strikes, and more all make more sense when the underlying economics are understood. 

This class has proven very exciting an interesting for the last two years. You will learn about how airlines make real decisions related to pricing, aircraft scheduling, labor contracts, airport operations, frequent flier programs and distribution, international alliances, and more. Both passenger and freight industry applications are discussed.  Using very applied concepts, students will integrate problem sets, readings, business cases, guest speakers currently working in the airline industry, and in-class exercises to keep things interesting and moving. This is a perfect class for Economics majors interested in Business and Finance, and also Business majors, Engineering majors with an aviation interest, and Data Science majors. Cross-listed as both ECON 471 and ECON 695-003, graduate students will also complete a year-end quantitative project that will play concepts learned in the class.


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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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