SPE301: Behavioral Neuroscience of Decision Making (Zak)
This course introduces students to behavioral neuroscience in order to inform their research in the social sciences and humanities. There is no prerequisite. It begins with lectures on how the brain works and then reviews current research on how decisions are made in the brain, including neuroeconomics, neuropolitics, neuroethics and more. There are also several field trips where students participate in live experiments measuring brain activity.
SPE313: Microeconomics and Public Policy (Auerbach)
This course is an introduction to microeconomic theory and its application to public policy analysis. You will learn basic, yet powerful analytical tools to understand and evaluate public policy problems. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, consumer choice.
SPE315: Game Theory (Staff)
Game theory is the analytic study of strategic interaction between individuals, firms, governments, or other groups of people. Game theory has been widely used in the study of economics, and more recently applied to a host of strategic political interactions in all areas of political science.
SPE323: Financial and Managerial Accounting (Staff)
This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for later courses in accounting and finance as part of a joint economics/business graduate degree.
SPE324: Economics of Management & Organization (Borcherding)
This course opens up the business organization in order to understand it as an attempt to create cooperation among a group of economic people, from a New Institutional Economic standpoint. Topics include, "Why is there a Hierarchy: The Role of Politics in Hierarchies;" "Incentives and Control Systems: the Meaning of Leadership from an Economic Perspective."
SPE325: Economics of Strategy (Staff)
SPE334: Regulatory Environment (Staff)
SPE410: Foundations of Political Economy (Borcherding)
This writing-intensive course develops modern political economy within the context of the new institutionalism in economics, politics and sociology. Neoclassical economics and the old institutionalism are shown to merge in this new approach, which introduces the concept of positive transactions costs in human exchange, where institutions emerge endogenously and most imperfectly as mechanisms to deal with human choice problems through markets, polities, and social mores. Students will form teams to apply the new institutional theory to concrete policy issues of current import. Prerequisites: microeconomics principles and basic calculus.
SPE440: MAPEB Capstone Seminar (Staff)
SPE 446 Public Finance (Borherding)
SPE 310: Fundamentals of Urban Economic Development (Staff)
This course will provide an overview of economic development, including topics of strategic planning, finance, real estate development, and small business growth. The basic components of a city's economic development program will be discussed, including efforts directed at business retention and expansion, marketing, and workforce development. Techniques of community assessment to identify an area's strengths and weaknesses to position itself for future growth will be covered. Time will also be spent on financial issues in real estate development and city redevelopment tools.