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Economics

BL1 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

BL1 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

F2F Meeting Dates: December 5th and December 6th ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability.

BL1 MANG AT CROSSROAD BUS, GOV, INTL ECN

F2F Meeting Dates: February 20th and 21st.

BL2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

BOS MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability. ECN7200 will meet for 7 face-to-face sessions, plus a 3 hour online session, and an integrated session with MKT7200 and QTM7200 held on a Saturday April 25th from 9:00 AM to noon. ECN7200 is part of Cluster B and must be taken with MKT7200 and QTM7200 during the same semester unless otherwise waived from the course through completion of old core courses, advanced standing credit, or passing a waiver exam. All of the courses in Cluster B must be taken at the same location. ECN7200 is a prerequisite for ECN7201 and Cluster F MOB7202 and MBA7201. ECN7200 is equivalent to ECN7000 Microeconomic Foundations of Business or MBA8520 Customers, Markets and Marketing.

BUSINESS STRATEGY AND GAME THEORY

ECN7550- Economic Strategy and Game Theory 3 credit graduate elective This course makes extensive use of Game Theory (in addition to classical strategic models and applied microeconomic theory) to provide a systematic and rigorous approach for formulating winning strategies for creating and capturing value in the context of interdependence and uncertainty. In this course you will have an opportunity to, whenever possible, calculate the value of your strategy given market structure, firm's internal competencies, and industry dynamics. Case studies are used to illustrate successful application of strategies. The teaching method utilizes simulations, gaming, and practical, case based discussions. Topics include: the dynamics of pricing rivalry, entry decisions/entry deterrence, mergers and acquisitions, strategic commitment, product positioning, diversification, networks, make or buy decisions, negotiating and bidding. Antitrust issues will also be addressed. Prerequisite: Evening: (ECN7000 or MBA8520) or ECN7200 Fast Track: ECN7201 and MIS7200 One Year: MBA7210 or ECN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or ECN7302 or ECN7200

COMP CHALLENGES OF NEW EUROPE

ECN7575 Competitiveness Challenges of the New Europe 3 credit off-shore elective "Competitiveness Challenges of the New Europe" will explore an in-depth look at the EU and its institutions. The course will consist of 2 mandatory pre-departure sessions on campus in late February/early March, followed by a week in Milan, Italy. The course will conclude with a debrief session on campus following the group's return. While this course has a strong analytical perspective, discussion of day to day issues in lives of Italians - and even more so, operational and strategic issues of Italian companies - are at its core. Students will visit several Italian businesses and will be asked to apply principles introduced in the classroom at Babson as well as at Bocconi University to these visitations. Bocconi University, the host for this program in Milan, is one of Babson's strongest strategic partners and is ranked the number one business school in Italy. Bocconi promotes both economic advancement and civic values by providing students with solid intellectual and professional training so they can contribute to the innovation and development of Italian and European businesses.

ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL FORECASTING

ECN7520 Economic and Financial Forecasting If you have taken QTM9501, Business Forecasting, you cannot take this course. Do you anticipate making or evaluating economic and business forecasts in your career? This "hands-on" course provides students a comprehensive introduction to the field of forecasting and econometrics. It covers three main areas of forecasting: basic statistical methods, structural models, and time series models. Throughout the course we will focus on applied examples and use software to forecast key economic and business measures of performance (such as asset pricing, investment risk, interest rates, unemployment rates, industry level and firm level sales, revenues and other variables) while learning to assess the strengths and weaknesses of these forecasts. These techniques can improve corporate financial planning, marketing, sales forecasts, production planning, and many other decisions where better predictions in light of uncertainty can reduce costs, raise profits and lead to better decision-making. Prerequisite: Evening: (ECN7000 or MBA8520) or ECN7200 Fast Track: ECN7201 and MIS7200 One Year: MBA7210 or ECN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or ECN7302 or ECN7200 This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall

GAME THEORY FOR ENTRERPRNEURS

ECN6110 Game Theory For Entrepreneurs 3 Credit MSM Elective In this course you will learn to analyze strategic situations that have an interactive component. You will learn how the economic perspective informed by game theory, probability and mathematics can be used to analyze complex situations that managers and entrepreneurs encounter on a regular basis. You will learn to anticipate how other individuals and firms will behave and react to the environment and actions of other players. Gaining an understanding of the structure and strategies of other players enhances your ability to play games well and to improve the results. You will also gain an appreciation for the game before the game, how to influence the structure, strategies and payoffs in order to promote specific behavior or outcomes. The analytical tools developed in this class are valuable for common business situations such as pricing models, investment decisions, contract design and dealing with the issues of moral hazard and adverse selection.

HEALTH ECONOMICS

ECN7555 Health Economics 3 credit elective Health and medical care pervade every aspect of our lives. As the world population ages, an entirely new demographic stress will be put on healthcare systems. Some estimates project healthcare costs in U.S. to account for 20% of GDP in the next few years. There is an urgent need for a re-evaluation of the system and assessment of its business opportunities, which Health Economics is best suited for. By combining microeconomic theories and quantitative methods this course will examine major players in this industry including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, patients and the government. We will analyze problems each player faces such as "how do pharmaceutical companies quantify the costs and benefits of different medical interventions?", "how does competition (or lack of it) of HMOs and hospitals in the market influence prices, and choices in the market?", "how do insurance companies decide the rates and the consequences of rate structures for medical providers and patients?", "does more government spending lead to better health outcomes? If not, what does?". These and many other interesting questions will be examined to better understand outcomes and opportunities in this complex industry. This course will interest any individual planning a career in the health care or related industries. It should also interest students who wish to see how economics is applied to business and policy issues. Prerequisites: Evening: ECN7000 or MBA8520 or ECN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 AND MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or ECN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or ECN7302 or ECN7200

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability.

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability.

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability.

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics (MICRO) - This course provides a framework for systematic analysis of consumer and firm’s choices in light of global market dynamics to create and capture value given the firm's and industry’s market structure. This framework is used to explain firm adjustment to changes in market conditions, as well as to changes in government policies and laws. While the course focuses on understanding how the value of the firm can be increased, it also addresses broader questions of efficiency, equity and sustainability. ECN7200 will meet for 7 face-to-face sessions, plus a 3 hour online session, and an integrated session with MKT7200 and QTM7200 held on a Saturday December 6, 2014. ECN7200 is part of Cluster B and must be taken with MKT7200 and QTM7200 during the same semester unless otherwise waived from the course through completion of old core courses, advanced standing credit, or passing a waiver exam. All of the courses in Cluster B must be taken at the same location. ECN7200 is a prerequisite for ECN7201 and Cluster F MOB7202 and MBA7201. ECN7200 is equivalent to ECN7000 Microeconomic Foundations of Business or MBA8520 Customers, Markets and Marketing.

MANG AT CROSSROADS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

MANG AT CROSSROADS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

MANG AT CROSSROADS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

ECN7201 Managing at the Crossroads: Business, Government, and the International Economy Managing at the Crossroads: Business, Government, and the International Economy (Mac-BGIE) – This course focuses on domestic and international cause-and-effect relationships among credit markets, goods and services markets, and foreign exchange markets. This global framework is used to explain the effect that economic, social, and/or political shocks have on a nation’s growth and prosperity. ECN7201 will meet for 7 face-to-face sessions, plus a 3 hour online session, and an integrated session with MIS7200 held on date Jume 20th from 9AM - noon. ECN7201 is part of Cluster D and must be taken with MIS7200 during the same semester unless otherwise waived from the course through completion of old core courses, advanced standing credit, or passing a waiver exam. All of the courses in Cluster D must be taken at the same location. ECN7200 is a prerequisite for ECN7201. ECN7201 is equivalent to ECN8200 Macroeconomics and the Monetary System.

MANG AT CROSSROADS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

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