The central theme of much of my research has been trying to understand the details of people's preferences--what people want--both through mathematical theory and surveys data. Within that, the most important area of my current research is on developing national well-being indices and other tools to foster evidence-based government. I also have a broad interest in public policy informed by research, an interest I pursue in the main through my blog: https://blog.supplysideliberal.com/key-posts/ Improving monetary policy has been the single biggest emphasis in my public policy interests: https://blog.supplysideliberal.com/emoney/ This is connected to my other research interest: understanding business cycles. Methodologically, I approach economics from the perspective of cognitive economics: https://blog.supplysideliberal.com/post/107961784445/cognitive-economics
ECON 3080 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces theories of aggregate economic activity including the determination of income, employment, and prices; economic growth; and fluctuations. Macroeconomic policies are explored in both closed and open economy models. ECON 3070 ECON and 3080 may be taken in any order; there is no recommended sequence.
ECON 8020 - Business Cycle Theory and Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Discusses monetary and non-monetary theories of business cycles in the light of empirical evidence and what those theories imply for monetary and fiscal policy. Emphasizes a deep understanding of the mechanisms within models, their comparative statics and comparative dynamics and the importance of, and evidence for, difference parameter values within business cycle models.