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Economics

TOPICS IN 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.

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.

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.

BL2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics F2F Meeting Dates - June 12 - 14 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.

SF1 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

ECN7200 Managerial Economics F2F Meeting Dates - June 19 - 21 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.

MANG AT CROSSROADS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

BL1 MANG AT CRSRDS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

ECN7201 Managing at the Crossroads: Business, Government, and the International Economy F2F Meeting - August 7 - 9th. 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.

BL2 MANG AT CROSSRDS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

ECN7201 Managing at the Crossroads: Business, Government, and the International Economy F2F Meeting - August 7 - 9th. 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.

SF1 MANG AT CRSRDS BUS, GOVT, INTL ECN

ECN7201 Managing at the Crossroads: Business, Government, and the International Economy F2F Meeting - August 14 - 16th 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.

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

TRADE & GLOBALIZATION

ECN7525 Trade & Globalization This semester-long course examines the application of economic concepts for strategic decision-making in a global market place. The global economy and the global marketplace make it necessary that students have functional knowledge and the ability to identify international market opportunities, government influences on competitiveness, market access problems and protectionism, and opportunities for outsourcing. This course will also offer an analysis of the consequences of regional economic integration, globalization trends, trade negotiations and actions by the World Trade Organization for export/import and/or foreign direct investment. Students will have the opportunity to perform an economic analysis of a specific trade or investment strategy, or of a policy issue of their choosing. Career considerations: international trade (import/export trade), international marketing, foreign investment and banking, global strategy and economic development. Complementary courses: International Finance; Global Strategic Management, Global Marketing; offshore and regionally focused courses and internships; international aspects of advanced marketing, entrepreneurship, management, finance, accounting and law courses. Prerequisites: Evening: ECN7000 or MBA8520 or ECN7200 Fast Track: ECN7201 AND MIS7200 One Year: MBA7320 or ECN7200 Two Year: MBA8320 or ECN7302 or ECN7200 This course is typically offered in the following semester: Spring

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

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

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

XXX7580 Independent Research ******Independent research is available for all academic divisions. Registration is manual for students through Graduate Programs and Student Affairs****** Independent Research provides an opportunity to conduct in-depth research in areas of a student's own specific interest. Students may undertake Independent Research for academic credit with the approval of a student-selected faculty advisor, the appropriate division chair, and Graduate Programs and Student Affairs. Please note that a student is responsible for recruiting a faculty advisor through the student's own initiative and obtain the advisor's prior consent/commitment before applying for an independent research project. Authorization for such a project requires submission of a formal proposal written in accordance with standards set forth by the Graduate School. The research project normally carries 1.5 or 3 credits.For more information and a proposal outline please visit: www.babson.edu/grad/gpsa
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