This course, designed for students not yet familiar with economics, will place economists’ analytical lens over current, past, and chronic world problems such as the Covid crisis and recovery; inequality within and between nations; poverty, development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; the challenges of demography; the environmental crisis; and other social and technological issues. The course will draw on the basic tools provided by microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and basic political economy so to analyze these problems and provide students with a first glimpse into economics which could either lead them to future courses in the field or simply enrich their perspective on the world. The course will be tailored to the situation of the countries that will be visited on the Spring 2023 voyage.
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