econ 451 - syllabus - fall 2007

econ 451 - syllabus - fall 2007 - University of Wisconsin,...

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University of Wisconsin, Department of Economics Economics 451: The Economic Approach to Human Behavior Fall 2007 Prof. James Montgomery jmontgom@ssc.wisc.edu 2436 Social Science Office hours: Friday 9:30-11:30 AM or by appointment Overview . Over the past several decades, economists have begun to study many “non- economic” topics such as the family, politics, addiction, and religion. This course will introduce students to some of these topics, exploring the possibilities and limitations of the economic perspective on human behavior. Prerequisites. Intermediate microeconomic theory (Econ 301). Note that calculus (Math 211 or 221) is a prerequisite for Econ 301, and hence a prerequisite for this course. Evaluation . Grades will be determined by three non-cumulative exams and a term paper. Each exam is worth 25% of the grade; the term paper is worth the final 25%. In borderline cases, class participation may influence your grade. The first exam will be held in class on Tuesday, October 9 ; the second exam will be held in class on Tuesday, November 13 ; the third exam will be held in class on Thursday, December 13 . The term paper must be submitted no later than Monday, December 17 . Late term papers may be penalized. Papers may be submitted by e-mail or in person (either to my office or the Sociology department office, 8128 Social Science). Tests. Copies of previous exams (with solutions) are posted on my website: www.ssc.wisc.edu/~jmontgom Obviously, test questions will vary from year to year, and some new material may not be covered on old exams. [In particular, for Fall 2007, note that the material in Section III on politics is new, and that the material in Section V on religion was assessed in past years on Exam 2.] Still, these past exams give an indication of the form and content of this term’s exams. Term paper . The term paper should be fairly short, approximately 1500 to 2000 words long (i.e., approximately 6 to 8 pages double-spaced). The paper might either apply the economic approach to some “non-economic” topic or critique the economic approach to such topics. You should devote some of the paper to a brief review of the relevant
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