Introduction

The Department of Economics offers bachelor's degrees in Economics and Business Economics. At the graduate level, we offer master's degrees in Economics and Financial Economics. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, all students must complete a capstone project which gives them “hands on” experience in empirical research. Our new “4+1” program allows highly qualified students to take up to nine semester hours of graduate coursework that can be counted both towards a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, giving students the opportunity to complete a master's degree in Economics in one year after they have earned their baccalaureate degree.

The Department of Economics is very proud of the many alumni of our programs who have gone on to successful careers in government, the private sector, and academia. Career opportunities for economists continue to be strong, especially for students who complete a graduate degree.

Since 2009, the department’s faculty have had more than 30 publications, either articles in refereed journals or chapters in books. Faculty have published in such highly-regarded journals as the Journal of Financial Research, Economic Inquiry, and Public Choice. Three of the department’s faculty have received distinguished professor awards for scholarship.

The Economics Club, a student organization, regularly sponsors speakers who describe their careers in the field of economics. We also have an active chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honorary society for economics students. The department stays in touch with students, alumni, and the YSU campus community through our biannual newsletter.

Welcome from the Chair

Economic theory provides a powerful set of tools to analyze behavior and evaluate policies. Studying economics opens a wide variety of different career paths while also being fun because the questions asked are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to people’s lives. If you want to discuss our programs please call the department office at (330) 941-3428 to set up an appointment. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about economics at Youngstown State University!

Tod S. Porter, Chair, Department of Economics

Contact Information

Tod Porter, Department Chair - tsporter@ysu.edu - (330) 941-3431

Ebenge Usip, Graduate Coordinator - eeusip@ysu.edu - (330) 941-1682

Nancy O'Hara, Administrative Assistant - neohara@ysu.edu - (330) 941-3428

For more information, visit the Department of Economics.

Advising

All majors should meet with an advisor each semester prior to registering for their classes. Course selection is a critical part of finishing your degree in a timely manner.

Students majoring in Business Economics are advised through the Williamson College of Business Administration (visit the WCBA Advising website). To schedule an appointment, please call (330) 941-2376. Business Economics majors are also encouraged to meet once a year with the department’s faculty to discuss their career goals.

Students pursuing a BA in Economics through the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences are advised by the Chair of the Department of Economics. Call (330) 941-3428 to set up an appointment to meet with the chair. CLASS students who need to submit repetition forms, study abroad forms, and transient forms or who need to request a graduation evaluation should contact the CLASS Division of Academic Advising at (330) 941-3413 (visit the CLASS Advising website).

Students pursuing the MA in Economics and the MA in Financial Economics are advised by the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Ebenge Usip. He can be contacted via email at eeusip@ysu.edu and by phone at (330) 941-1682.

Learning Outcomes

To be competitive in the job market, economics majors must have knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistical techniques. They must also be able to apply the theory and statistical techniques they have learned to public policy issues and business problems and be able to present their conclusions. The learning objectives of the economics major are as follows:

Microeconomics

The student will be able to discuss the characteristics of different market structures and how the structure of a market affects consumers. The student will also be able to explain the conditions that must be met for an economy to use its resources in the most efficient manner possible.

Macroeconomics

The student will be able to explain the major macroeconomic goals:  rapid economic growth, high employment, and stable prices and how the tools of monetary and fiscal policy can be used to achieve macroeconomic goals.

Statistical Analysis

The student will be able to interpret descriptive statistics, the results of hypothesis tests, and regression estimates.

Communication Skills

The student will be able to give a well-prepared presentation on an economic problem. By well-prepared, it is meant that the presentation clearly frames the topic of the presentation, discusses the relevant theory and evidence, correctly documents references, and proposes a conclusion consistent with the theory and evidence.

Courses Relevant to Other Majors

Below are several different majors and the economics courses most relevant to those majors:

Political Science

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3702Public Finance3
ECON 4843Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Transfer Programs3
ECON 4855Health Economics3

Accounting and Finance

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3701Money and Banking3
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 5809Current Problems in Money, Banking, and Financial Markets3
ECON 5811International Trade3
ECON 5812International Finance3

Marketing

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 5801Economics of Industrial Organization3

Management

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 4810Managerial Economics3
ECON 5801Economics of Industrial Organization3
ECON 5831Labor Markets and the Economics of Unions3

Pre-Law

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3702Public Finance3
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3

Environmental  Studies

COURSETITLES.H.
ECON 3705Environmental and Resource Economics3
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3

Chair

Tod Porter, Ph.D., Chair


Professors

Jolien A. Helsel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Ou Hu, Ph.D., Professor

Tomi P. Ovaska, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Joseph Palardy, Ph.D., Professor

Dennis A. Petruska, Ph.D., Professor

Tod Porter, Ph.D., Professor

Albert J. Sumell, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Yogesh Uppal, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Ebenge E. Usip, Ph.D., Professor

Yaqin Wang, Ph.D., Professor


Instructor

Sarah E. Jenyk, M.A., Instructor

ECON 1501    Economics in Action    3 s.h.

An introduction to the United States' economic system and institutions through the examination of current economic problems. Not applicable for a major or minor in economics. Credit will not be given for 1501 if a student has already received credit for ECON 2610 or its equivalent.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 1502    Panic and Prosperity, United States Economic Policy Since the Great Depression    3 s.h.

Examines the crises and successes of the American economy since 1929, and how the economic policies of different presidential administrations affected the lives of U.S. citizens. Not applicable towards a major or minor in economics.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 1503    Rich and Poor: Diversity and Disparity in the United States Workplace    3 s.h.

Examines how labor markets determine the distribution of income and the dramatic changes in the composition of the American labor force. Explores such issues as the widening gap between low and upper income groups, the characteristics of the poor, affirmative action, the glass ceiling, the mommy track, and family-friendly working environments. Not applicable towards a major or minor in economics.
Gen Ed: Domestic Diversity, Social Science, Social and Personal Awareness.

ECON 1503H    Honors Rich and Poor: Diversity and Disparity in the U.S. Workplace    3 s.h.

S. Workplace. Examines how labor markets determine the distribution of income and the dramatic changes in the composition of the American labor force. Explores such issues as the widening gap between low and upper income groups, the characteristics of the poor, affirmative action, the glass ceiling, the mommy track, and family-friendly working environments. Not applicable towards a major or minor in economics.
Gen Ed: Domestic Diversity, Social Science, Social and Personal Awareness.

ECON 1504    Economics of Aging    3 s.h.

An introduction to the economic consequences of an aging population and the economic status of the aged. Topics include income adequacy in old age, retirement decisions, retirement income planning, social security income, employer-sponsored pensions, and financing health care. Not applicable toward a major or minor in economics.
Prereq.: ECON 1501 or GERO 1501.

ECON 2610    Principles 1: Microeconomics    3 s.h.

Introduction to the theory of markets, including the behavior of consumers and the conduct of private and public business enterprise. Effects of monopoly and competition on private and social welfare. The role of government in promoting the economic welfare of consumers, workers, and minorities.
Prereq.: MATH 1501, or a level 20 or higher on the math placement exam.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 2610H    Honors Principles 1: Microeconomics    3 s.h.

Introduction to the theory of markets, including the behavior of consumers and the conduct of private and public business enterprise. Effects of monopoly and competition on private and social welfare. The role of government in promoting the economic welfare of consumers, workers, and minorities.
Prereq.: MATH 1501, or a level 20 or higher on the math placement exam.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 2630    Principles 2: Macroeconomics    3 s.h.

Studies of growth, inflation, and unemployment at the national level and the performance of the U.S. economy in the global setting. The impacts of national economic policies on individual and social welfare. An extensive discussion and evaluation of the U.S. banking system and its effects on individuals and businesses.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 2630H    Honors Principles 2: Macroeconomics    3 s.h.

Studies of growth, inflation, and unemployment at the national level and the performance of the U.S. economy in the global setting. The impacts of national economic policies on individual and social welfare. An extensive discussion and evaluation of the U.S. banking system and its effects on individuals and businesses.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

ECON 2631    Introductory Macroeconomics for Education Majors    3 s.h.

Measurement of the national economy's performance (growth, inflation, and unemployment), the banking system, the impact of government on macroeconomic performance, and international macroeconomics. Principles of personal finance, including budgeting, the use of credit, and financial planning are also discussed. Open only to education majors. Credit will not be given for both ECON 2630 and ECON 2631.
Prereq.: FOUN 1501 and ECON 2610.

ECON 3701    Money and Banking    3 s.h.

Organization and operation of commercial banking in the United States; central banking under the Federal Reserve System; basic theory. Monetary policy as a determinant of national income.
Prereq.: ECON 2630.

ECON 3702    Public Finance    3 s.h.

The development and present status of public finance; federal, state and local expenditures and taxation; theories of tax incidence, axioms of taxation, theories in justification and government spending; tax reform. Study of the techniques of fiscal policy with emphasis on its role as a determinant of the level of national income.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 3703    Behavioral Economics    3 s.h.

Uses insights from economics and psychology to explain why normally rational people make poor choices in their lives, be it in terms of money, health, education or long-term happiness. This introductory course explores the sources of poor economic choices and examines ways to improve them.
Prereq.: ECON 2610 or PSYC 1560.

ECON 3705    Environmental and Resource Economics    3 s.h.

Application of economic theory to environmental problems, analysis of policy alternatives for pollution abatement, and the conservation of exhaustible resources. Determination of efficient management of local and national pollution levels, including air, water, and toxic substances. Possible economic consequences associated with global warming.
Prereq.: ECON 1501 or ECON 2610.

ECON 3710    Intermediate Microeconomic Theory    3 s.h.

A systematic analysis of the theory of demand and the theory of the firm: production input and output choices, and some basic concepts of linear programming. An intensive analysis of the theory of the firm: competitive pricing, monopoly pricing, pricing in imperfect competition; and the theory of rent, profits, interest and wages.
Prereq.: ECON 2610, and either MATH 1552, MATH 1570, or MATH 1571.

ECON 3712    Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory    3 s.h.

The construction of national income and production accounts and the basic determinant of income, output, and employment. Determination of the level of employment, interest, and money through the classical versus Keynesian aggregate economics.
Prereq.: ECON 2630 and either MATH 1552, MATH 1570, or MATH 1571.

ECON 3720    Comparative Economic Systems    3 s.h.

An examination of the recent world-wide trend toward free market economy, giving particular attention to basic processes such as resource allocation and product distribution. Frequent references are made to the failure of Socialism in the USSR and the new approach in Russia, Eastern Europe and China toward market economies.
Prereq.: ECON 1501 or ECON 2630.

ECON 3724    Public Budgeting    3 s.h.

Study of the politics, theories, and techniques of public budgeting. Includes the process of budget preparation, adoption and execution. Topics include debt management and capital budgets. (This course is cross-listed with POL 3724.).
Prereq.: POL 3720.

ECON 3788    Statistics for Business and Economics 1    3 s.h.

Introduction to statistical methods in data analysis and forecasting. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling and sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing. Practical application of statistical procedures is incorporated into regularly scheduled computer workshops. Credit will not be given for ECON 3788 if a student has already received credit for ECON 3790 or its equivalent.
Prereq.: MATH 1510.

ECON 3789    Statistics for Business and Economics 2    3 s.h.

This course builds on concepts introduced in ECON 3788. Specific topics include hypothesis testing, regression analysis, ANOVA and time series analysis. Practical application of statistical procedures is incorporated into regularly scheduled computer workshops. Credit will not be given for ECON 3789 if a student has already received credit for ECON 3790 or its equivalent. 3 s.h.
Prereq.: ECON 3788.

ECON 3790    Statistics for Business and Economics    5 s.h.

Introduction to statistical methods in data analysis and forecasting. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, ANOVA and time series analysis. Practical application of statistical procedures is incorporated into regularly scheduled computer workshops.
Prereq.: MATH 1552, MATH 1570, or MATH 1571.

ECON 4810    Managerial Economics    3 s.h.

An application of economic analysis to business problems. Emphasis upon executive decisions for the allocation of resources.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 4843    Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Transfer Programs    3 s.h.

Causes of poverty and income inequality and the analysis of the policy options for reducing poverty. Quantification of the dimensions of poverty, the evaluation of the effectiveness of training programs, the effects of antipoverty programs on the behavior of recipients, and the affirmative action debate.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 4855    Health Economics    3 s.h.

Application of basic principles to the study of the health care industry. Topics include the supply and demand of medical care, the effects of private and public insurance on the health care industry, trends in health care costs, public policies to equalize access to medical care and the dilemma caused by the improvement in life-sustaining technology.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 4860    Selected Topics in Economics    3 s.h.

Advanced study of selected topics in economic analysis and issues in economic policy. May be repeated once with different topic.
Prereq.: ECON 2610 and ECON 2630.

ECON 4870    Economics Internship    3 s.h.

The practical application of economic knowledge and statistical skills in the workplace. Students assist professionals in various kinds of industrial, financial, and public service organizations.
Prereq.: By permit only, minimum GPA 2.5.

ECON 4880    Analysis of Economic Problems    3 s.h.

The application and extension of the student's skills in economic analysis and statistical techniques to economic issues. The course covers sources of data, exploratory data techniques, matching of data and statistical tests, interpretation and presentation of the results. Students demonstrate their command of research techniques by the completion of a research paper and its oral presentation. Topics to be determined.
Prereq.: ECON 3710, ECON 3712, and either ECON 3790.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

ECON 4898    Graduate Study in Selected Economic Topics    3 s.h.

For undergraduates taking courses in the MA in Economics program for credit towards an undergraduate degree. Credit earned cannot be later applied to a graduate degree. The student must meet the criteria for undergraduate students taking graduate coursework listed in the Graduate Bulletin. May be repeated with different graduate courses.
Prereq.: A minimum of 20 hours of coursework in economics at the 2600 level and above, permission of the chair, junior standing.

ECON 4899    Individual Study in Economics    1-4 s.h.

Individual study of a topic, area, or problem requiring in-depth reading, and a written project. May be repeated once with a different topic, area, or problem.
Prereq.: Junior or senior standing, by permit only.

ECON 5801    Economics of Industrial Organization    3 s.h.

A systematic analysis of the structure, conduct, and performance of American industry. A quantitative analysis plus a comprehensive review of theoretical models of the market, firm behavior, and performance.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 5806    History of Economic Thought    3 s.h.

Designed to provide students with an understanding of the development of economic ideas to include: Mercantilism, Physiocrats, the English Classical School, Utilitarianism, early Social Thought, Karl Marx, the German Historical School, Institutionalists and the Keynesian School.
Prereq.: ECON 2630.

ECON 5809    Current Problems in Money, Banking, and Financial Markets    3 s.h.

The financial market system, including money and capital markets. Current problems associated with trends in theory and practice. Theories of the interest rate and monetarism.
Prereq.: ECON 3701 or consent of instructor.

ECON 5811    International Trade    3 s.h.

Theories of international trade and specialization; free trade vs. protectionism; tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade; international balance of payments and its components; the role of multinational enterprises in contemporary trade pattern; regional economic integrations and world trade; U.S. commercial policies.
Prereq.: ECON 2630.

ECON 5812    International Finance    3 s.h.

Theories of foreign exchange and capital movements, international payments, analysis of spot and forward foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange market arbitrage, speculation, and risk hedging. The Bretton Woods agreement and the contemporary international monetary system. The rise of international organizations and multinational enterprises in the international economy.
Prereq.: ECON 2630.

ECON 5822    Urban and Regional Economics    3 s.h.

Economic analysis of the problems of urbanized areas and the causes of the growth or decline in economic activity in small-area economics. Topics include benefit-cost analysis, economic base analysis, input-output applications, and the theory of location and agglomeration.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 5824    Applied Time Series Analysis of Economic and Business Data    3 s.h.

An in-depth analysis of time series models and their applications to problems in economics and business. Emphasis on forecasting. Extensive use of standard computer programs.
Prereq.: ECON 2610 and either ECON 3790 or STAT 4817.

ECON 5831    Labor Markets and the Economics of Unions    3 s.h.

Economic theory and analysis of labor as an input in the resource market; principles, labor problems, public policy; theories of the development of the labor movement; economic objectives of trade unions; problems in public control.
Prereq.: ECON 2610.

ECON 5853    Applied Econometrics    3 s.h.

The practice of econometrics with emphasis on model construction, estimation, and interpretation of results. Applications in the private and public sectors involve the use of computers and economic software.
Prereq.: ECON 2630 and either ECON 3790.

ECON 5856    Topics in Quantitative Economics    3 s.h.

Application of different tools of mathematical economics, computational economics, and econometrics in conjunction with economic theory to model economic problems of firms, consumers, financial institutions, and public sectors. Specific content of the course will vary with the instructor. May be repeated once with a different topic.
Prereq.: ECON 3790.