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Introductory Courses

The principles of economics and statistics; may be taken without previous study of economics or statistics.

ECON BC 1003x and y Introduction to Economic Reasoning

Covers basic elements of microeconomic and marcoeconomic reasoning at an introductory level. Topics include Individual Constraints and Preferences, Production by Firms, Market Transactions, Competition, The Distribution of Income, Technological Progress and Growth, Unemployment and Inflation, the Role of Government in the Economy. Note: Students cannot get credit for ECON BC1003 if they have taken the Columbia introductory course ECON W1105 Principles of Economics.- H. Zarghamee, S. Lofgren
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC1003
ECON
1003
04582
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
504 Diana Center
H. Zarghamee 71 / 70 [ More Info ]
ECON
1003
03020
002
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
304 BARNARD HALL
A. Bossie 62 / 70 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 1007x and y Mathematical Methods for Economics

Covers basic mathematical methods required for intermediate theory courses and upper level electives in economics, with a strong emphasis on applications. Topics include simultaneous equations, functions, partial differentiation, optimization of functions of more than one variable, constrained optimization, and financial mathematics. This course satisfies the Calculus requirement for the Economics track of the Economics major. NOTE: students who have previously taken Intermediate Micro Theory (ECON BC3035 or the equivalent) are *not* allowed to take Math Methods for Economics.- S. Harrison
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC1007
ECON
1007
04511
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
903 ALTSCHUL HALL
S. Harrison 44 [ More Info ]

General Courses

The study of history and of contemporary society in an economic perspective. These courses may be taken without previous study of economics.

ECON BC 2010y The Economics of Gender

Examination of gender differences in the U.S. and other advanced industrial economies. Topics include the division of labor between home and market, the relationship between labor force participation and family structure, the gender earnings gap, occupational segregation, discrimination, and historical, racial, and ethnic group comparisons. - H. Zarghamee
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

ECON BC 2012x Economic History of Western Europe

The course is an introduction to the transformative economic developments that began in Western Europe and spread globally. It applies economic and empirical reasoning to analyze the underlying forces of modern economic development from pre-modern Europe to the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of a global economy. - A. Dye
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

ECON BC 2018y The Great Depression

Examines why the Great Depression emerged, how its effects were manifest, and what policies were enacted in response. Drawing on Harvard Business School cases we will explore how policymakers analyze economic situations and what tools they have to deal with them. We will also probe connections between the Great Depression and today's "great recession," and consider the lessons of each. - D. Spar
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 56 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
2 points

ECON V 2029x Fed Challenge Workshop

To prepare students to compete in the annual Federal Reserve Bank of NY College Fed Challenge, a competition among undergraduate teams from colleges and universities in FRBNY region. The goal is a thorough understanding of current US and global macroeconomic conditions, macroeconomics theories, financial markets and the role of the Federal Reserve system. - S. Davidson
Prerequisites: Introductory Economics course.
1 point

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON V2029
ECON
2029
76596
001
W 6:10p - 8:00p
410 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Amarnath
S. Davidson
26 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 2075y Logic and Limits of Economic Justice

Introduce students to problems of economic justice under capitalism. Course has three goals: (1) expose students to debates between economics and philosophers about the meaning and nature of justice, (2) explore conflict between efficiency and justice, (3) examine implications of justice for gender equality, intergenerational equity and climate change. - M. Andrews
Prerequisites: Introduction to Economic Reasoning (ECON BC 1003) or Principles of Economics (ECON W1105). An introductory course in political theory or political philosophy is strongly recommended, but not required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

IEOR E 2261x and y Introduction to Accounting and Finance

This course examines the fundamental concepts of financial accounting and finance, from the perspective of both managers and investors. Key topics covered include: principles of accrual accounting; recognizing and recording accounting transactions; preparation and analysis of financial statements; ratio analysis; pro-forma projections; time value of money (present values, future values and interest/discount rates); inflation; discounted-cash-flow (DCF) project evaluation methods; deterministic and probabilistic measures of risk; capital budgeting. (N.B. For Barnard students, this course cannot be used to satisfy any Economics Department Major or Minor requirement.) - A. Webster
Prerequisites: ECON BC1003 or the equivalent
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: IEOR E2261
IEOR
2261
16778
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
304 BARNARD HALL
A. Webster 130 / 120 [ More Info ]

ECHS BC 2590y Measuring History: Empirical Approaches to Economic and Social History

This course examines big themes in economic and social history-population history and human well-being, inequality and poverty, and gender differences. Using these themes, it adopts a hands-on data-driven approach to introduce tools and concepts of empirical reasoning. Datasets related to each theme create opportunities for learning by doing. - A. Dye
4 points

Quantitative Methods

These courses are required for the Economics track and are optional for the Political Economy track.

ECON BC 2411x Statistics for Economics

Elementary computational methods in statistics. Basic techniques in regression analysis of econometric models. One-hour weekly recitation sessions to complement lectures. - R. Reback
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC2411
ECON
2411
08324
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
903 ALTSCHUL HALL
R. Reback 45 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3018x and y Econometrics

Specification, estimation and evaluation of economic relationships using economic theory, data, and statistical inference; testable implications of economic theories; econometric analysis of topics such as consumption, investment, wages and unemployment, and financial markets. - H. Zarghamee
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3018
ECON
3018
01690
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
323 MILBANK HALL
H. Zarghamee 41 [ More Info ]

Core Theory Courses

The courses listed below, required of Political Economy and/or Economics track majors, constitute the core of the Barnard Economics major.

ECON BC 3033x and y Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Systematic exposition of current macroeconomic theories of unemployment, inflation, and international financial adjustments. - A. Burgstaller
Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics and a functioning knowledge of high school algebra and analytical geometry or permission of the instructor.
4 points

Course
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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3033
ECON
3033
06157
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
LL104 Diana Center
N. Quella 43 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3035x and y Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

Preferences and demand; production, cost, and supply; behavior of markets in partial equilibrium; resource allocation in general equilibrium; pricing of goods and services under alternative market structures; implications of individual decision-making for labor supply; income distribution, welfare, and public policy. Emphasis on problem solving. - L. Munasinghe
Prerequisites: An introductory course in microeconomics (ECON BC 1002, ECON BC1003, ECON W1105, or the equivalent) and one semester of calculus or ECON BC1007, or permission of the instructor.
4 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3035
ECON
3035
04588
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
LL103 Diana Center
G. Numa 38 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3041x and y Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy

Intellectual origins of the main schools of thought in political economy. Study of the founding texts in classical political economy, Marxian economics, neoclassicism, and Keynesianism. - D. Weiman, A. Burgstaller
Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3041
ECON
3041
07742
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
302 BARNARD HALL
A. Bossie 40 / 45 [ More Info ]
ECON
3041
08111
002
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
903 ALTSCHUL HALL
S. Pereira 34 / 45 [ More Info ]

Upper-Level Elective Courses

The following economics elective courses have either ECON BC3033, ECON BC3035, or both as prerequisites.

ECON BC 3011y Inequality and Poverty

Conceptualization and measurement of inequality and poverty, poverty traps and distributional dynamics, economics and politics of public policies, in both poor and rich countries. - A. Timmer
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3011
ECON
3011
09446
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
328 MILBANK HALL
A. Timmer 47 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3012y Economics of Education

Analyzes education policies and education markets from an economic perspective. Examines challenges that arise when researchers attempt to identify the causal effects of inputs. Other topics: (1) education as an investment, (2) public school finance, (3) teacher labor markets, (4) testing/accountability programs, (5) school choice programs, and (6) urban public school reforms. - R. Reback
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 and ECON BC2411 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3012
ECON
3012
04244
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
LL104 Diana Center
R. Reback 24 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3013y Economic History of the United States

Economic transformation of the United States from a small, open agrarian society in the late colonial era to the leading industrial economy of the 20th century. Emphasis is given to the quantitative, institutional, and spatial dimensions of economic growth, and the relationship between the changing structures of the economy and state. - D. Weiman
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

ECON BC 3014y Entrepreneurship

Examines theoretical, empirical, and normative studies of entrepreneurial behavior and its significance. Examines their relationships with risk-taking and innovation. Explores entrepreneurship as applicable to a variety of behaviors, activities or contexts, including large organizations, small business networks, new venture creation, comparative financial institutions that support entrepreneurial environments, and entrepreneurship�s contributions to a dynamic economy.

- A. Dye
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035, or ECON BC3033, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON BC 3017y Economics of Business Organization

Economics of firm organization and the evolution of the modern business enterprise. The function of organizations in coordinating the use of economic resources. The role of technology, labor, management, and markets in the formation of the business enterprise. Includes international comparisons and attention to alternative economic theories on the role of business organizations on national competitive advantage. - A. Dye
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON BC 3019y Labor Economics

Factors affecting the allocation and remuneration of labor; population structure; unionization and monopsony; education and training, mobility and information; sex and race discrimination; unemployment; and public policy. - L. Munasinghe
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035, or permission of the instructor.
3 points

ECON BC 3022x Economic History of Europe

An introduction to the transformative economic developments that began in Western Europe and spread globally. This course applies economic and empirical reasoning to analyze the industrial revolution, its underlying causes and consequences, from pre-modern times to the 20th-century emergence of a global economy. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS) - A. Dye
Prerequisites: Econ BC3035 or Econ BC3033 (or their equivalents), or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)..
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3022
ECON
3022
09856
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
323 MILBANK HALL
A. Dye 10 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3023x Topics in Economic History

Topics vary in content. Fall 2011 topic: The American Century. - D. Weiman
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON V 3025x and y Financial Economics

Institutional nature and economic function of financial markets. Emphasis on both domestic and international markets (debt, stock, foreign exchange, Eurobond, Eurocurrency, futures, options, and other). Principles of security pricing and portfolio management; the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Efficient Markets Hypothesis. - S. Davidson, R. Sethi
Prerequisites: For R. Sethi: ECON BC3035 and ECON BC2411 or the equivalent. For S. Davidson: ECON BC3033, ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or the equivalent.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON V3025
ECON
3025
70231
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
614 SCHERMERHORN HALL
S. Davidson 99 / 110 [ More Info ]
ECON
3025
07392
002
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
405 MILBANK HALL
R. Sethi 88 / 100 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3029y Development Economics

Critical survey of the main debates within development studies: theory and empirics of growth and structural transformation; dynamics of income distribution and poverty; impact of international economic relations; population, health and nutrition; and the nature and role of government.
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 or ECON BC3033, or permission of the instructor.
3 points

ECON BC 3038x International Money and Finance

Introduction to balance of payments and exchange rate theory; capital mobility and expectations; internal and external adjustment under fixed and flexible exchange rates; international financial markets; capital mobility and expectations; international policy coordination and optimum currency areas; history of the international monetary system. - A. Burgstaller
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033.
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3038
ECON
3038
03989
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
324 MILBANK HALL
A. Burgstaller 27 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3039x Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Link between economic behavior and environmental quality: valuation of non-market benefits of pollution abatement; emissions standards; taxes; and transferable discharge permits. Specific problems of hazardous waste; the distribution of hazardous pollutants across different sub-groups of the U.S. population; the exploitation of commonly owned natural resources; and the links between the environment, income distribution, and economic development. - N. Quella
Prerequisites: ECON BC1003 or ECON W1105. Prerequisite for Economics majors: ECON BC3035.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3039
ECON
3039
06887
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
409 BARNARD HALL
N. Quella 18 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3045x Business Cycles

Theories and policy implications of business cycles. IS/LM, AS/AD and the Phillips Curve; dynamic general equilibrium models based on microfoundations including the Real Business Cycle model; New Keynesian models; models of the political business cycle. Particular episodes in the macroeconomic history of the US will provide case studies in which to study these models and the application of policies within.

- S. Harrison
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON BC 3047y International Trade

Causes and consequences of international trade and investment. Theoretical models of trade. Trade policy including restrictions or regulations on international trade and the effects of such policies on economic welfare, economic growth and wage inequality. Multinationals, foreign direct investment, and some aspects of the current debate on globalization. - M. Garibotti
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON BC 3049y Economic Evaluation of Social Programs

A study of the effectiveness of social programs and the different quantitative techniques economists use to evaluate policy interventions. Cost-benefit analysis, testing predictions of economic theories. Specific examples of successful and unsuccessful social programs in the U.S. and around the world. - Instructor TBA
Prerequisites: ECON BC3035 Intermediate Micro Theory and ECON BC2411 Statistics for Economics, or the equivalents Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ECON BC 3099x and y Independent Study

Topic(s), requirements, workload and point value to be determined in consultation with faculty advisor. Forms available at the Office of the Registrar.
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035 or permission of the instructor.
1-3 points.

ECON V 3265x and y The Economics of Money and Banking

Introduction to the principles of money and banking. The intermediary institutions of the American economy and their historical developments, current issues in monetary and financial reform. - P. Mehrling
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 and ECON BC3035 or the equivalent.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON V3265
ECON
3265
05362
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
P. Mehrling 138 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3270y Topics in Money and Finance

Classic questions in monetary economics, including but not limited to: inside and outside money, financial crisis and hyperinflation, central banking and the payments system, liquidity and market making, monetary policy and exchange rates.

- P. Mehrling
Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 and ECON BC3035. Limited to 25 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Senior Requirement

Economics majors must take one of the following two senior requirement options.

ECON BC 3061x or y Senior Thesis I

Tutorials and conferences on the research for and writing of the senior thesis. This is the 1st semester of a two-semester course sequence. - P. Mehrling, R. Reback
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and completion of all courses (except for the senior requirement) required for the economics track, political economy track, or economics and mathematics majors. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be granted by the chair of the department only.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3061
ECON
3061
03575
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
21 LEHMAN HALL
P. Mehrling 4 [ More Info ]
ECON
3061
05329
002
TBA A. Dye 1 [ More Info ]
ECON
3061
04820
003
M 4:10p - 6:00p
303 ALTSCHUL HALL
R. Reback 5 [ More Info ]
ECON
3061
04872
004
TBA L. Munasinghe 0 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3062x or y Senior Thesis II

Tutorials and conferences on the research for and writing of the senior thesis. This is the 2nd semester of a two-semester course sequence. - P. Mehrling, R. Reback
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and completion of all courses (except for the senior requirement) required for the economics track, political economy track, or economics and mathematics majors. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be granted by the chair of the department only.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3062
ECON
3062
06761
001
TBA L. Munasinghe 1 [ More Info ]

ECON BC 3063x and y Senior Seminar

A topic in economic theory or policy of the instructor's choice. See department for current topics and for senior requirement preference forms. - L. Munasinghe, R. Sethi, S. Pereira, A. Timmer
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the completion of all courses (except for the senior requirement) required for the economics track, political economy track, or economics and mathematics majors. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be granted by the chair of the department only. Seminar sections are limited to 15 students.
4 points

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ECON BC3063
ECON
3063
03378
001
M 6:10p - 8:00p
502 Diana Center
R. Sethi 16 [ More Info ]
ECON
3063
06514
002
W 2:10p - 4:00p
502 Diana Center
R. Sethi 14 [ More Info ]

Cross-Listed Courses

Economics

V2029 FED Challenge Workshop

W2257 Global Economy

V3025 Financial Economics

V3265 Economics of Money and Banking

W3412 Introduction To Econometrics

W4020 Economics of Uncertainty and Information

W4211 Advanced Microeconomics

W4213 Advanced Macroeconomics

W4230 Economics of New York City

G4235 Historical Foundations of Modern Economics: Adam Smith to J.M. Keynes

W4251 Industrial Organization

W4280 Corporate Finance

G4301 Economic Growth and Development

W4321 Economic Development

W4325 Economic Organization and Development of Japan

W4370 Political Economy

W4400 Labor Economics

W4412 Advanced Econometrics

W4413 Econometrics of Time Series and Forecasting

W4415 Game Theory

W4438 Economics of Race in the U.S.

W4465 Public Economics

W4480 Gender and Applied Economics

W4500 International Trade

W4505 International Monetary Theory and Policy

G4526 Transition Reforms, Globalization and Financial Crisis

G4527 Economic Organization and Development of China

W4615 Law and Economics

W4625 Economics of the Environment

W4700 Financial Crises

W4750 Globalization and Its Risks

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

E2261 Introduction to Accounting and Finance