TEACHING

  • PPHA 58101 / PBPL 20000: Economics for Public Policy PPHA 58101 and PBPL 20000 are policy-oriented introductory courses in microeconomics. PPHA 58101 is tailored to students in Harris's Evening Master's Program, and PBPL 20000 is intended for students in the College who are considering the major in public policy studies. The core goals of both courses are the same. Successful students will be able to: (1) articulate the strengths and shortcomings of markets as a way to allocate goods and services; (2) think critically about incentives and how consumers and firms might respond to incentives in practice; (3) apply micro-economic thinking to policy questions; and (4) enroll in future courses in economics and conduct work at the intersection of economics with public policy. The course achieves these goals through the study of economic models and discussion of how these models can inform applied economic and public policy problems. Last taught: Fall 2020. Next taught: Fall 2021.

  • PPHA 44330 / ECON 36730: Energy and Environmental Economics I This PhD-level course emphasizes the economics of natural resource production and problems associated with externalities and common property, with a focus on the energy sector. Most of the course content is theoretical in nature, but we spend considerable time studying applications that have an empirical component. The course has several complementary objectives: (1) provide a solid foundation in concepts like Hotelling's Rule and Pigouvian taxation that are a prerequisite for understanding modern environmental and resource economics; (2) develop proficiency with theoretical, computational, and empirical tools that will be valuable for future self-directed research; and (3) gain experience in reading, presenting, and discussing modern research in energy and environmental economics. Last taught: Fall 2020. Next taught: Fall 2021.

  • PPHA 36941 / PBPL 28425: Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms Firm behavior is a critical aspect of any market-oriented economy. What strategies can firms employ to improve their bottom-lines, how do these strategies affect consumers, and when should regulators intervene? This course (with masters and undergraduate sections) addresses these questions using recent regulatory case studies, economic modeling, and a hands-on business strategy game. Last taught: Fall 2018