ECON 451
Topics in Economic Growth Fall 2021
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; About half of the class sessions will be lecture-based. The other half will be devoted to class discussion.
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1511
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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