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Applied Economics (MA)


The Department of Economics supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the University and the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The Department’s undergraduate courses and programs prepare students for the competitive global marketplace, career and professional development, and graduate education. Its innovative graduate programs, the MA in Applied Economics and the PhD in Economics with a focus on applied microeconomics, provide students with a mastery of advanced empirical and analytical methods so they can conduct high-quality research and contribute to the knowledge base in business, government, non-profit, and research settings. The Department conducts high-quality nationally-recognized research that supports its academic programs, promotes economic understanding, and fosters economic development in the Triad and the state.

An associated purpose of the MA Program to graduate economists who seek careers in business, finance, or government as economists, forecasters, policy analysts, economic researchers, or managers with strong theoretical, quantitative, and statistical skills that are required to perform and interpret economic analyses on a wide range of policy-oriented issues.

Learning Outcomes

Economic Theory
Students will display a mastery of master’s-level microeconomic theory.

Students will display a mastery of master’s-level econometric methods.

Integration of Economic Theory and Econometrics
Students will integrate economic theory and econometric methods in the analysis of policy issues:
-Identify and characterize policy issues;
-Use economic theory to model policy issues;
-Use econometric methods to empirically assess economic models of policy issues; and
-Generate policy analysis conclusions based on the combined use of economic theory and econometric methods.

Assemble, clean, and use databases
Students will assemble, clean and maintain large databases for economic analysis:
-Assemble and manipulate large rectangular and hierarchical data sets;
-Detect, manage, and document missing and miscoded data; and
-Assemble and present descriptive, graphical, and statistical representations of large, complex data sets.

Explain Advanced Economic Analysis
Student will exposit the results of advanced economic analysis:
-Organize and exposit integrative and critical analyses of technical economic literature suitable for either intelligent non-specialists or professional economists; and
-Present the motivation, methods, and conclusions from applied economic research.

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