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Empirical Political Economy
ECON 326
Spring 2024
Section: 01  

This upper-level elective brings politics and political institutions into economics. In standard micro and macro classes, politics are absent from agents' decisions. In this class, we will study how states emerge, how dictators manage to remain in power, why countries democratize and what are the benefits of democratization, how electoral institutions affect policy outcomes, why people vote, what motivates politicians, and why groups engage in costly conflicts and war.
By the end of this course you should have gained a deeper understanding of political processes both in the developed world and in developing countries, and how important it is the think about political power to understand economic policy. In terms of methodology, we will focus on empirical approaches and on how to critically read and understand academic articles in the field.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ECON
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ECON301
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ECON-MN)(ECON)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on JUL-18-2024
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