Economics 2100: Survey of Economics
Dr. Vivek Ghosal
224 Old CE Building
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:35-10:50AM in Room IC-103.
Office hours: Thursdays 3-4PM
The syllabus contains important details. It is your responsibility to be familiar with all the
information provided here.
This is a
. I am likely to make some changes to the syllabus as we make
progress during the semester. You will be informed of these changes via emails sent from GT’s
T-square site. It is
responsibility to have your correct email address in Oscar. It is
responsibility to stay updated with class lectures and postings on the T-square site. It is
responsibility to make sure your email is working and the inbox is not full so that you can
receive emails and attachments via T-square. Create a folder
“Econ 2100 Fall 2010”
email account inbox to store all class emails sent from T-square; there will be lots of emails with
announcements and handouts. Finally, the emails sent via T-Sqr will be sent
only to the email
on file with GT
; make sure GT has your correct email, as recorded in the
. I will
only sent out emails via the class T-square site (which has your Oscar email address).
The sequence of topics we will cover are as follows:
Learn the “Microeconomics” tools designed to help you understand the functioning of
various markets (e.g., goods and services, labor, financial, environmental).
Examine selected economic policy issues (e.g., taxation, immigration, education, health,
Briefly focus on some key “Macroeconomic” topics, such as: measuring GDP, business
cycles, monetary policy (money supply, interest rates), fiscal policy (federal government
revenues and expenditures, taxes), unemployment and inflation. We will very briefly
examine the current macroeconomic events.
Economics, Michael Parkin, 9
. Make sure you get the right book: the book has
31 chapters and 784 pages plus some additional material. The textbook contains information on
internet resources regarding material, sample quizzes and test questions, etc. For the chapters we
cover in class (noted below), it will be very important for you to follow the textbook closely and
look through the online help items.
(Other textbooks or older editions of this textbook should NOT be used as a substitute. The
materials and the sequencing of materials in chapters change, and I cannot guarantee that you
will be able to match contents of the older editions with the newer one.)