Classes & Syllabi
This spring (2021), I will be teaching Industrial Organization and Intermediate Macroeconomics at Catholic University. Below you can find a list of the classes I've taught in the past, with syllabi linked:
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
I do not consider education to be primarily the dissemination of knowledge (valuable as that is). Rather, my role is to prepare students to join in the great conversation about economics that extends through many centuries and across many countries. It is important that my students are well-equipped and welcomed into this discussion, since each of them has something irreplaceable to contribute.
An economic education trains students in a particular way of thinking. It begins with a focus on exchange and the institutions within which exchange takes place. The core of economic theory specializes in understanding opportunity cost, comparative advantage, prices, the unseen consequences of choices, and human ingenuity. Moreover, it is not only wonderful to understand how the laws of supply and demand, but how they play out in everyday human life can be a matter of life and death.
My classroom is a place where students encounter the importance of economic inquiry. While economics certainly does not treat all meaningful questions of the human experience, it has much to offer by way of a disciplined approach to complex social questions. Practically speaking, I keep lectures engaging by applying our themes to everyday life and drawing from the research of myself, my colleagues, and top economists whenever I have the chance. Homework readings are carefully chosen and cohesive to the point where I consistently have students who read ahead because they enjoy the selections. My courses are undoubtedly a small piece in the entire college experience of my students, but their relationships—with past and present thinkers and with their peers—can enrich them well into the future.