Undergraduate Student Immersion Program
ECONOMICS 70 – IMMERSION EXPERIENCE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS AND POLICY
This course provides students with a background into the topic of study and uses class time to prepare for the research to be done off-campus, including time for orientation to prepare students to travel and live off-campus. In addition, these student-driven research projects will provide students with an opportunity to build teamwork, leadership and communication skills, as well as provide them with research experience. Usually offered in Fall terms.
Several sections of Economics 70 have been offered over the past two years to provide students with an immersion experience in applied economics and policy. See recent article about these courses here. More information to come regarding our future offerings. For questions, please see Professor Elisabeth Curtis.
Fall 2016 Course Offerings
Section 1 – China: the country, the companies and the people – Professor Diego Comin
China will study inclusive growth in China from three distinct perspectives: the aggregate, the company and the people. The aggregate/macro level will inform us about the economic mechanisms that are driving growth and inequality and how the policies and institutions are impacting them. From a company perspective, we will investigate how they operate in China. Finally, people are what ultimately we care about as social scientists. Therefore, we will make a central goal of the off-campus portion of Ec70 to interact with the Chinese population and to shed some light on all those important questions posed above that are very hard to grasp from the distance.
Section 2 – The Transition of Poland to a Market Economy – Professor Elisabeth Curtis
Most economics courses taught in the US heavily emphasize the efficiency of markets and how individual decision-making, in freely functioning markets, can be modeled and understood. But there are a number of countries around the world whose economic organization is NOT mainly guided by markets; some of these economies remain partially controlled, or planned, where property and the means of production are formally government-owned and prices are centrally determined. This history of central planning has influenced the development of markets in much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; some economies have fully transitioned from planning to markets, while some lag significantly behind. In this class, students will study the history of the centrally-planned economic system and how it influenced economic development in Poland and we learn how Poland’s economy has transitioned to a market-oriented economy. For more information, see Dartmouth’s Off-Campus Programs listing.