Professor Morey's research focuses on modeling and explaining behavior and choice at the level of the individual. This includes the estimation of preferences and values (e.g willingness-to-pay). His contributions are both theoretical and applied. Applications include environmental amenities, recreation, cultural resources, health treatments, and occupational choice. Professor Morey is in the process of finishing a book on behavior, choice, happiness, and ethics.
Modeling and predicting the behavior of individuals, estimating value and willingness-to-pay, environmental amenities, the ethics of weffareeconomics, the foundations of choice, happiness and its role in economics
ECON 2010 - Principles of Microeconomics
Examines basic concepts of microeconomics or the behavior and the interactions of individuals, firms and government. Topics include determining economic problems, how consumers and businesses make decisions, how markets work, and how they fail and how government actions affect markets.
ECON 4060 - Choice Theory and Economic Ethics: Good, Bad and Happiness
Critiques how economists model and judge behavior. How we judge is contrasted with other moral philosophies. Economists assume individuals behave in their own best interests. What does this mean and is it true? Looks at research from psychology and neuroscience. Quizzes and a multi-step research paper, designed for students who love to question, research, write and rewrite. Recommended prerequisite: ECON 3080.
ECON 4545 - Environmental Economics
Examines the effects of economic growth on the environment; application of economic theory of external diseconomies, cost-benefit analysis, program budgeting, and welfare economics to problems of the physical environment. Degree credit not granted for this course and ECON 3545.