General information that you may need at the beginning of the semester.
|Office Hours:||Mon and Wed, 10:00-11:30, or by appointment.|
|Email:||wilcoxen at syr.edu|
On Fridays there will be an optional "lab session" from 3:00-4:30 in the large conference room in the Center for Policy Research (426 Eggers). The sessions are very informal and you're welcome to come and go at any time. The content of any particular session will depend on the interests of the people who come by that day. Typical topics include: discussing difficult material from class; going over supplemental problems from the web; and reviewing for exams.
Through this course you will learn how to construct and apply mathematical models for economic analysis. By the end of the course you will be very comfortable applying key microeconomic techniques to: (1) carry out quantitative analysis of a wide range of market scenarios to assess how goods and services will be allocated in each scenario, (2) quantify and assess the efficiency and distributional impacts of government intervention in the market.
Jeffrey Perloff, Microeconomics, Pearson/Addison-Wesley. It's recommended but not required and copies will be available in the library. If you do decide to buy it, it's not necessary to get the latest edition: a used copy of either the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh edition would be fine.
Grades will be based on two midterm exams (20% each, on Wednesday, February 22nd and Wednesday, April 5th, two formal policy memos (one worth 10%, the other worth 15%), a final exam (20%, Thursday, May 4th), and weekly exercises throughout the semester (15%).
Policy Memos: Twice during the semester the weekly assignment will be to write a two-page policy memo on a specified economic issue. The first memo will ask you about an issue previously discussed in class and will be graded mostly on the quality of your exposition. The second memo will ask you to evaluate a policy problem on your own, and will be graded on the quality of your analysis as well as your exposition.
Final Exam: The final exam will focus almost entirely on material in the last third of the course. It will be weighted equally with the other exams.
Weekly Exercises: Due at the beginning of class. Grading will be on a 5 point scale: 5 for excellent work, 4 for good, 3 for an honest attempt and 0 otherwise. You'll need to do the exercises in order to do well on the exams. You may work on the problem sets in groups of up to three students. When working in a group, please turn in a single set of answers for the group and be sure to list each member's name.
Group Work and Policy Memos: The rules on group work are different for policy memos. On the memo assignments, you may do the analysis (eg, calculations) with your group but you must write the memo individually. The exposition -- from overall structure down to the actual text -- should be yours alone. If you have any questions about this rule, please don't hesitate to ask.
All graphs and diagrams this semester can be drawn by hand. They should be neat and scaled appropriately, so it's probably a good idea to use graph paper. You do NOT need to draw them electronically, even for the two memos. For many of the diagrams, it's much more trouble than it's worth to draw them on a computer unless you have specialized software.
Under SU’s religious observances policy, classes meet at their regularly scheduled times on religious holidays. However, you have an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance as long as you notify your instructors before the end of the second week of classes. To make the process as easy as possible, an online notification system is available through MySlice/Student Services/Enrollment/My Religious Observances from the first day of class until the end of the second week of class. If you prefer, however, you can notify me directly by email. In either case, just check with me and we'll work out an arrangement that fits your schedule.