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Gebhardt, Karen Senior Instructor


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  • Karen Gebhardt is the Director of the Online Economics Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She regularly instructs courses in all modalities including introductory courses in micro- and macroeconomics, upper-division courses in microeconomics, international trade, public economics, and managerial economics, and graduate courses in environmental economics and public finance and has taught internationally in Europe and Asia. Karen works tirelessly to improve teachers and their skills. Before returning to academia, she worked for the United States Department of Agriculture conducting research related to the interactions of humans and wildlife. Her current research focuses on using data to improve student learning outcomes with an emphasis on improving grades and completion rates in online courses. Karen is the coauthor of The Economy Today, a popular principles-level text.


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courses taught

  • ECON 2020 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an overview of the economy, examining the flows of resources and outputs and the factors determining the levels of income and prices. Explores policy problems of inflation, unemployment and economic growth.
  • ECON 3070 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Explores theory and application of models of consumer choice, firm and market organization, and general equilibrium. Extensions include intertemporal decisions, decisions under uncertainty, externalities, and strategic interaction.
  • ECON 4111 - Money and Banking Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Discusses money, financial institutions and the monetary-financial system in a modern economy.
  • ECON 4211 - Public Economics: the Economics of the Government Sector
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Focuses on taxation and public expenditures. Topics include economic rationale for government action, economic theory of government behavior, and effects of government policies on allocation of resources and distribution of income.
  • ECON 4705 - Managerial Economics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Application of microeconomic principles and tools to business problems faced by decision makers. Examines decisions related to pricing, products and production, location of firms, vertical and horizontal integration, marketing, uncertainty, market structure, and government regulations and introduces key business communication, accounting and finance principles.
  • ECON 4929 - Special Topics In Economics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    This course number is assigned to upper-level Economics electives that become available on an incidental basis. Refer to the Economics Department for a detailed description of current content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Formerly ECON 4999.
  • ENVM 5004 - Public Finance and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Explores the impact of a variety of factors that may result in market failures, including public goods, externalities, information asymmetries and uncertainty, with a special focus on the environment and natural resources. Government polices as a mitigating policy tool for market failures impacting the environment are assessed
  • ENVM 6100 - Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand.
  • ENVM 6101 - Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)