Economics 1000a/b. Growth, Technology, Inequality, and Education

Instructor: James Engell
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm | Location: Emerson 108

An economist and a humanist, together with professors from the natural sciences, analyze familiar conceptual and policy-relevant issues from viewpoints of their respective disciplines. For example, how do we measure inequality, and at what point does it become problematic (and how do we know)? How then should it be addressed (e.g., tax code, minimum wage)? What are the best policies to confront job losses from technology? What does sustainable growth mean? The goal is not merely to examine four intertwined issues “growth, technology, inequality, and evolution” but also to understand the distinct concerns and methods of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Note: Students who wish to receive economics concentration or secondary field credit must enroll in Econ 1000a. Econ 1000a and b are differentiated only by their sections and by some assignments. The common classes are the same for all students. Econ 1000b, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Societies of the World.

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