ECON 3610

ECON 3610

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Familiarizes students with the economic analysis of consumer policy issues. Uses the tools of microeconomic analysis to investigate the interaction between government and the marketplace, with an emphasis on how that interaction affects consumers. Examines the rationale for and effects of regulation of industry. Considers alternative theories of regulation, including the capture, economic, and public interest theories. Applies those theories to specific types of regulation, including economic regulation of specific industries (e.g., telecommunications, electricity, trucking, railroads, postal services) as well as to broader social regulation (e.g., health, safety, environmental). The effects of regulatory reform in numerous industries are also examined. An attempt is made to examine current topics relating to consumer policy.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PUBPOL 2000 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)

  • Describe specific consumer protection regulations in place in a variety of markets; compare policies across markets and across government jurisdictions.
  • Use concepts from information economics and behavioral economics to explain the rationale for specific types of consumer protection regulations.
  • Analyze the predicted efficiency and distributional consequences of consumer protection regulations, using the tools of microeconomics.
  • Use empirical evidence to critically analyze the performance of regulations.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PUBPOL 3400PUBPOL 5400

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6162 ECON 3610   LEC 001

    • TR Morrison Hall 146
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Tennyson, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person