Week 1 : Introduction

Welcome to PS 100X, Political Economy.  Our first class will focus on trying to understand what we mean by the term “political economy.”  Issues at the intersection of politics and economics are at the center of almost all public debate,…

Week 14: Final Exam

No other homework for this week except to study for you final exam.  Good luck! PS100X Final Exam Guide Also, remember that your final policy memo is due by midnight on December 15th.  Revisions of previous policy memos are due…

Week 13: Energy and the Environment

By overwhelming student request, we will cover energy this week and then after the exam next week we will informally discuss the political economy of violence.  For your blog post this week, I would like you to weigh in on…

Week 12: The Global Financial Crisis

By popular request, we will discuss the global financial crisis this week.  We will finish up our discussion of the basics of international political economy (trade and monetary regimes) and then talk about both 1) what led to the financial…

Week 11: Global Political Economy

With the election over, we are going to shift our attention from US domestic political and economic issues to global challenges.  We’re lucky that James Fallows, a writer from The Atlantic who writes about economics and China in particular, is…

Week 10: Election Results

No readings for this week!  We will have a an election results party during class next week in Wood Center Conference Room E/F.  Also, don’t forget to play the Election Prediction Contest, I’m extending the deadline through tomorrow.  Finally, by…

Week 9: Inequality and the Welfare State

Yesterday, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave a speech in Ohio about poverty and inequality in the United States.  So it’s a fitting week for us to discuss issues of inequality and the various programs that the governments runs in an…

Week 8: MIDTERM EXAM and Healthcare Policy

It’s midterm week.  Please find below a guide to the types of questions that you will find on the exam.  Under the “Exams” section of the website, you will also find copies of all the quizzes you’ve taken this year. We…

Week 7: The Federal Budget

Your main assignment for this week is to complete your first policy memo!  It is due by the beginning of class on Tuesday.  Please submit by uploading to your dropbox folder.  Since you will be working on this, there is…

Week 6: Monetary Regimes and Policy

 This week we will recap a few remaining points about fiscal policy and move on to the second major instrument of economic policy: monetary policy.  We will track the evolution of monetary systems from the gold standard to the fixed…

Week 5: Fiscal Policy

This week we’ll turn from microeconomics to the macroeconomy.  Specifically, we’ll talk about what we mean by economic growth, and the effect of government policies on growth, inflation, and unemployment.  For your blog post this week, I would like you…