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I believe that the purpose of economic education is to introduce students to a different way of thinking. I encourage my students to see and think like an economist by exposing them to new ideas using a variety of teaching methods. In my classes I emphasize problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork.
I have applied this philosophy while teaching classes in Economic Development, Intermediate Macro and Microeconomics, and Game Theory in the Economics Department at Pepperdine University. And in Managerial Economics, Economic Development of Developing Nations, Transition Economies, Public Choice (all in the Department of Economics), and Personal Finance (in the Business School) at George Mason University. With Professor Thomas Stratmann, a leading applied econometrician in the fields of public choice and law and economics, I have also had the opportunity to co-teach an Econometrics class. My teaching philosophy influences the structure and content of all my classes, the way I conduct my lectures, and what my students take away from the course, as evidenced by their evaluations and comments.
Through my experience teaching, I have learned that the most effective pedagogy is passion for my subject and approachability. Energy is infectious and I want to impart my enthusiasm for economics to my students through my own engagement and research in the subject. I make it a point to learn each student’s name which allows me to address them in a more personal way. It is important for them to know that I not only care about their academics but that I also care about them as individuals. College is a time for great personal growth and intellectual development and I feel privileged to be a small part of my students’ experiences at university.
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This course utilizes the tools of microeconomics and strategic thinking to solve game theoretic problems. We cover topics such as Nash equilibrium, credibility, asymmetric information, signaling, dominance, and adverse selection. We use models of decision making to apply an objective lens to general decision-making in a mathematical way. The goal of this course is to use analytical techniques and decision-making tools to analyze decision problems that individuals, businesses people, and managers face. Principles of decision making are introduced and applied to problems in the business world. Students will develop their skills to apply game theory and microeconomics to solve individual and business problems. They will use the tools of microeconomics to analyze the incentives internal to the individual and the firm. Each student will be able to apply and integrate relevant economic concepts to guide strategic and managerial decision making by the end of this course.
Fall 2018, ECON 492 Special Topics
Why are some countries wealthy while some remain poor? This is the central question driving this course. We cover the basics of economic development, primarily in developing areas. In this course, we use a variety of analytical methods such as empirical methods, historical analysis, and case study analysis. This course is designed to get students to think about development from an economic perspective and provide students with analytical tools that they can apply to any worldwide development issue.
Spring 2018, ECON 492 Special Topics
This This course teaches students the tools of microeconomic theory. Students will learn about the market, individual behavior, and how to apply it to the real world. The course is a tools course and focuses on building an understanding of the empirical aspects of microeconomics through simple models. Students will learn about the market, consumer choice, firm behavior, and exchange and production. This course equips students with the ability to analyze microeconomic phenomena using the economic way of thinking and modeling. We apply basic microeconomic principles to large economic issues like welfare, externalities, monopoly, and technology.
Fall 2017, Spring 2018, ECON 320
This course teaches students the tools of macroeconomic theory. Students will learn about the balance between short-run and long-run macroeconomic issues. The course focuses on building an understanding of the empirical aspects of macroeconomics through simple models. Students will lear about the monetary system, inflation, business fluctuation, and growth theory. This course equips students with the ability to analyze macroeconomic phenomena using the economic way of thinking and modeling. We apply basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles to larger economic issues like unemployment, economic growth, development, and inflation.
Fall 2017, Summer 2018, ECON 321
This course utilizes the tools of microeconomics to solve managerial decision problems. We use models of decision making to apply an objective lens to general decision-making in business areas. The goal of this course is to use analytical techniques and decision-making tools to analyze decision problems that business people and managers face. Principles of decision making will be introduced and applied to problems in the business world.
This course provides students with a framework of how economics can be used by businesses to compete and meet the needs of their customers more effectively. Students will develop their skills to apply game theory and microeconomics to solve business problems. They will use the tools of microeconomics to analyze the incentives internal to the firm and the market forces external to the firm. Each student should be able to apply and integrate relevant economic concepts to guide managerial decision making by the end of this course.
Summer 2016, ECON 308 Course Evaluations
Public Choice Economics
This course provides an introduction and survey of Public Choice economics. This field is also known as rational choice theory, political economy, or the economics of politics. Public Choice applies the economic way of thinking to “non-market” decision making. This field applies the economic lens to decision making by individuals or groups of people who are not traditional buyers nor sellers in the context of traditional markets.
Spring 2016, ECON 410 Course Evaluations
This course is an introduction to personal finance management. It is designed to give you practical skills that you can utilize to become financially stable and independent and to maintain financial stability.
Spring 2016, FNAN 300 Course Evaluations
Economies in Transition
This course covers the structural core of basic economic development with respect to economies in transition. It explores the question of why some countries are rich and others are successful with regards to formerly socialist countries. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union have transitioned away from socialism and experienced radically different economic development, some more dramatically than others. The goal of this course is to investigate the question: Why have some countries been more successful in their transition than others?
Fall 2015, ECON 380 Course Evaluations
Economic Development of Developing Nations
This course covers the structural core of basic economic development, primarily in developing areas. We look specifically at China, Latin America, and Africa. We use a variety of analytical methods such as, empirical methods, historical analysis, and case study methods. This course is designed to get you to think about development from an economic perspective and provide you with analytical tools that you can apply to any worldwide development issue.
Summer 2015, ECON 360 Course Evaluations