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ECON 4840

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

The first half of the course surveys the theory of welfare economics as a foundation for public policy analysis. Major issues addressed include the problem of social welfare measurement, the choice of welfare criteria, and the choice of market or nonmarket allocation. Basic concepts covered include measurement of welfare change, including the compensation principle, consumer and producer surplus, willingness-to-pay measures, externalities, and the general theory of second-best optima. The second half focuses on public policy analysis as applied to domestic agricultural policy and international trade. The domestic policy component examines major U.S. farm commodity programs and related food and macroeconomic policies and analyzes their effects on producers, consumers, and other groups. The international trade component examines the structure of world agricultural trade, analytical concepts of trade policy analysis, and the principal trade policies employed by countries in international markets.

When Offered Spring. (Not offered every year)

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: AEM 6080 or PAM 6030, ECON 3030, or equivalent intermediate micro theory course incorporating calculus.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)

Comments Note: ECON 4840 formerly ECON 4300.

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Enrollment Information
Combined with: AEM 4310AEM 6300

  • 16325ECON 4840  LEC 001

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Prerequisite: Either PAM 2000, ECON 3010, ECON 3030 (formerly 3130), or equivalent.