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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 370L • American Political Economy- W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38000 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
BUR 436A

Course Description

Contains a substantial writing component. Upper- division standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topic vary. This course studies the role of government in economic outcomes. The role of government will be examined primarily along the lines of policy, but will also include other aspects such as partisanship and political institutions. Both domestic and international economic outcomes are considered, ranging from budget deficits, the Phillips Curve, to trade. The course will also examine the on-going relation between the government, the public, and economic outcomes. The course places a strong emphasis on the role of prices as the mechanism that links government policy to public behavior and economic outcomes. In addition, basic macroeconomic tools are used throughout the course. Students who take this course will --- by the end of the course --- develop basic competency in: The use of analytical tools for purposes of interpreting important issues in public policy. Expressing --- verbally and in writing --- abstract and applied ideas and arguments. Abstract --- and critical --- thought.

Grading Policy

1. First Paper (5-8 pages): covering course material up to and including week 4 (20%) 2. Second Paper (5-8 pages): covering course material up to and including week 10 (20%) 3. Third Paper (8-10 pages): covering course material up to and including week 13 (30%) 4. Presentation (10 minutes): 2nd or 3rd paper (10%) 5. In-class quizzes (30 minutes in duration) covering course material (20%) Papers will be graded based on the quality of the writing, the coherence of the arguments, and the degree to which the student demonstrates a basic understanding of the issues involved. Presentation grading is based on the coherence of the presentation and, when possible, how well the student answers questions from the audience.


1. W. R. Keech. 1995. Economic Politics: The Costs of Democracy. Cambridge. 2. P. Kennedy. 2000. Macroeconomic Essentials-2nd Edition: Understanding Economics in the News. MIT. 3. P. Krugman. 1997. Pop Internationalism. MIT. 4. T. Sowell. 2004. Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy. 2nd ed. Basic.


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