ECON 401H: Current Issues in American Economic Policy

portrait of Betsey Ross

Students in this honors seminar-style course will examine the arguments and evidence regarding key policy choices faced by our nation’s decision makers.  The specific topics to be addressed may vary from one year to the next, but the broad concerns driving the choice of those topics will include increasing the competitiveness of American goods and services in a global economy; mitigating poverty and addressing harmful effects associated with income inequality; facilitating economic stability and growth; and promoting environmental sustainability.  Class sessions may include presentations by Maryland faculty who are doing research related to the specific topics selected for discussion as well as by local policy practitioners.  With the guidance of the instructor, each student in the class will identify a topic of particular interest for examination in some depth; prepare a research paper on that topic; and, at the end of the semester, present the results of this research to the class.  

This class will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2014.  It will be taught by Center Director Katharine G. Abraham and will meet MW 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.