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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Applied Economics (MA)

Mission

One of the department's central missions is to increase our national reputation for our graduate MA program and to gain national recognition for our innovative applied microeconomic niche PhD program. To do so, our programs must achieve learning goals related to economic and econometric theory and the analysis of large databases through economic models. The following four educational objectives have formed the basis of the major program revision that shifted the focus of the program to an MA in Applied Economics in the mid-1990s.

  • Have a mastery of advanced economic theory and econometrics.
  • Be able to apply theory and econometrics to analyze a broad range of policy issues.
  • Have the skills to assemble, clean and maintain large databases for economic analysis.
  • Be able to clearly exposit the results of advanced economic analysis to non-specialists as well as other professional economists.

Learning Outcomes

Economic Theory and Econometrics
Students will display a mastery of advanced economic theory and econometrics.
1.1 Demonstrate command with advanced microeconomic theory
1.1a Demonstrate command with theory of market failures
1.2 Demonstrate command with advanced macroeconomic theory
1.3 Demonstrate understanding of economic theory.
1.4 Show ability to applied econometric knowledge.

Evaluate Policy Issues
Students will apply theory and econometrics to analyze a broad range of policy issues.
2.1 Identify the costs, benefits and tradeoffs involved in economic policy-making (comprehension).
2.2 Assemble descriptive information and statistical evidence to assess actual or proposed policies (analysis).
2.3 Compare and contrast alternative economic policy assessments to reach a defensible recommendation (evaluation).

Assemble, Clean and Maintain Large Databases
Students will assemble, clean and maintain large databases for economic analysis.
3.1 Assemble and manipulate large rectangular and hierarchical data sets within and between a variety of computational and software environments (comprehension).
3.2 Detect, manage and document missing, miscoded and weighted data (analysis).
3.3 Assemble and present descriptive, graphical and statistical representations of large, complex data sets (evaluation and analysis).

Explain Advanced Economic Analysis
Students will exposit the results of advanced economic analysis.
​ 4.1 Organize and exposit integrative and critical analyses of technical economic literature suitable for either intelligent non-specialists or professional economists (evaluation).
​ 4.2 Present the motivation, methods, and conclusions from applied economic research (analysis and evaluation)..

Program Quality
Enhance program quality and value-added.
5.1 Students are satisfied with the program and engaged in the continuous improvement process.
5.2 Alumni are actively engaged in the continuous improvement process.
5.3 Maintain or improve admission quality
5.4 Maintain or improve placement of graduates.


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