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ECON 451
Topics in Economic Growth Fall 2020
Division II

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In this seminar, we will discuss some of the ‘big questions’ in macroeconomics, with a particular focus on economic growth. For example: Why are some countries richer than others? How does government intervention affect economic growth? Is it possible to have continued economic growth while avoiding dangerous levels of climatic change? Does inequality help or harm growth? How will automation and artificial intelligence affect growth, inequality, and unemployment? In addition to class discussions, students will complete an independent research project on a topic related to economic growth.
The Class: Format: seminar; This class will be conducted remotely. There will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. This class alternates between lectures and in-class discussions. Lectures will be asynchronous (videos posted online). During lecture weeks, scheduled class time will be used for individual/small group meetings to discuss the semester-long research project. Class discussions will be synchronous.
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2411
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class presentations, problem sets, short-writing assignments, research paper
Prerequisites: ECON 251, ECON 252, and (ECON 255 or STAT 346)
Enrollment Preferences: senior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II

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