Courses: Working with Economic Data-Valuing the Environment (ECONB136001)

Spring 2014

Class Number: 1162
Applies selected principles of economics to the quantitative analysis of economic data; uses spreadsheets and other tools to collect and judge the reliability of economic data. Topics may include measures of income inequality and poverty; unemployment, national income and other measures of economic well-being; cost-benefit of public and private investments; construction of price indices and other government statistics; evaluating economic forecasts; and the economics of personal finance. Prerequisites: Quantitative Readiness Required.; Current topic description: Economists treat nature as providing environmental services that contribute to the production of goods and services that address human needs and desires. “Working with Economic Data” will focus on the measurement and valuation of those services as part of quantifying market outcomes. Within the discipline, environmental harm is seen as a failure of the market. We will consider how economists measure the magnitude of this deviation from the ideal, and assess efforts to ameliorate the failure.
Div: I or Q; Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Haverford: Social & Natural Sciences (SO/QU)
Enrollment priority given to 360 participants, open to other
students. Enrollment Limit: 30;This Eco-Literacy 360° cluster
considers our participation in the environment from the perspectives
of economics, education, and various forms of literary and visual
expression. Our goal is to develop a vocabulary for thinking, feeling
and talking about the ways in which the places we live affect each of
us, and how each of us affects the places we live. We are particularly
interested in how the resources of economics, education and creative
expression, as well as the intersections among these disciplines,
might help us understand and convey our understandings in insightful
and inciting ways to others, to engage in what radical literacy
activist Paulo Friere calls “re-writing” or transforming the world.
Applications due November 6th:;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1162 Div: I or Q; QR;


Economics (Web site)

Taught By

Ross,David R.

Meeting Times

MWF 10:00am-11:00am