Schedule and assignments

Week 1

Monday, February  10 

Wednesday, February 12 

Friday, February 14

Week 2

Monday, February  17 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 3 – Interdependence and Gains from Trade

Wednesday, February 19 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 4 – The Market Forces of Supply and Demand
  • High cost of ‘affordable’.”  Portland Tribute. February 6. 2014.
  • Chapter 3, problems and applications, #6 and #8 (pp. 61-62)

Friday, February 21 – NO CLASS (winter carnival)

Week 3

Monday, February  24 – NO CLASS

Wednesday, February 26 

Friday, February 28 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 6 – Supply, Demand and Government Policies
  • Chapter 5, problems and applications, #6, #9, and #11 (pp. 108-09)
  • CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Bad for Jobs.” CNBC. February 18. 2014.

Week 4

Monday, March 3 

Wednesday, March 5 - First mid-term exam at 7:00PM in Bi Hall 216

Friday, March 7

  • Mankiw, Chapter 7 – Consumers, Producers and the Efficiency of Markets

Week 5

Monday, March 10 

Wednesday, March 12 

Thursday, March 13

Friday, March 14 

Saturday, March 15

Week 6

Monday, March 17 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 10 – Externalities

Tuesday, March 18

  • FEATURED EVENT: ‘Repairing an Aqueduct: Local Water Systems in the Roman World.’ Cynthia Bannon, Department of Classical Studies, Indiana University. 4:30 in the Hillcrest Orchard (our classroom).  A preview: “While it might seem obvious that an aqueduct should be kept in good working order, such repairs could be controversial: who had a duty to perform repairs? did it make any difference whether it was a public aqueduct or a private water channel? when was a failure to make repairs, in fact, sabotage? Rules for maintenance are thus about more than infrastructure; indeed, they were a key element in policing the allocation and distribution of water. By analyzing the legal rules on repairs, this paper assesses how well Roman law met the needs of Romans in managing local water systems both public and private. Legal cases from the Digest of Justinian as well as inscriptions about water rights will be considered. Investigating the law on repairs sheds light on the development of Roman law on water rights and also on the social, economic, and environmental interests that shaped the law.”

Wednesday, March 19 

  • Problem set #3 (found here) due at 5:00 PM in the inbox in front of Hillcrest 214.
  • FEATURED EVENT: “Long-term Returns to Investment in Early Childhood.” John Maluccio, Department of Economics. 4:30 in the Hillcrest Orchard (our classroom).

Friday, March 21 

SPRING BREAK – March 22 – March 30

Week 7

Monday, March 31

Wednesday, April 2 

  • Capital in the 21st Century. Thomas Piketty. Harvard University Press. 2014. [Watch the short video and read the blurb.]
  • Mankiw, Chapter 12 – The Design of the Tax System (pp. 234 – 41)

Thursday, April 3

  • FEATURED EVENT: “Reflections on the Movement” Terry Kellogg ’94, CEO, 1% for the Planet. 12:15 in the Hillcrest Orchard (our classroom).

Friday, April 4 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 12 – The Design of the Tax System (pp. 242 – 55)

Week 8

Monday, April 7

Wednesday, April 9 - Second mid-term exam at 7:00PM in Bi Hall 216

  • Review of material in class

Friday, April 11 – No class – spring student symposium

Week 9

Monday, April 14 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 13 – The Costs of Production (pp. 259 – 265)

Wednesday, April 16 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 13 – The Costs of Production (pp. 265 – 274)
  • FEATURED EVENT: ‘Start Up Stories.’ On April 16th, Middlebury welcomes Lars Torres of the State of Vermont’s Office of Creative Economy for an event featuring a panel of local economic professionals and entrepreneurs. The evening will begin at 5:30pm at the Middlebury Inn. Featuring three recent Midd grads: Corinne Prevot of Skida; Andy Rossmeissl of Faraday; and Shane Scranton of IrisVR.

Friday, April 18 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 14 – Firms in Competitive Markets (pp. 279 – 289)

Week 10

Monday, April 21 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 14 – Firms in Competitive Markets (pp. 289 – 295)

Wednesday, April 23 

  • Meet to discuss group projects

Friday, April 25 

  • Meet to discuss group projects
  • FEATURED EVENT: “Listening to Community Health Workers” Svea Closser, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, 12:30 in Axinn 229.

Saturday, April 26

  • FEATURED EVENT: Amka Africa Conference. 12:00 – 5:00PM. Keynote from Magatte Wade, born in Senegal, is an entrepreneur and a formidable advocate of positive change in business, gender roles, and Africa. Her first company, Adina World Beverages, based on indigenous Senegalese beverage recipes, became one of the most widely distributed U.S brands started by an African entrepreneur. Magette is also the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a skin care products company where ancient Senegalese recipes meet California Green Chemistry and the French Art of Perfume. Magatte Wade has been nominated as one of Forbes Magazine’s “20 Youngest Power Women of Africa.” She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Wharton and Babson.

Week 11

Monday, April 28 

  • Mankiw, Chapter 15 – Monopoly (pp. 299 – 310)

Wednesday, April 30

  • Mankiw, Chapter 15 – Monopoly (pp. 310 – 324)

Thursday, May 1

  • FEATURED EVENT: “How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? Reducing Losses due to Gender Inequality”.  Professor Joyce Jacobsen (Wesleyan). 7:30 PM in Twilight Hall.

Friday, May 2 

  • TBD
  • Problem set #4 due at 5:00 PM in the inbox in front of Hillcrest 214.

Week 12

Monday, May 5 

  • TBD

Wednesday, May 7 

  • TBD

Friday, May 9 

  • TBD

Final exam – May 15, 9:00am – noon, Hillcrest 103

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