California State University Bakersfield,  Jennifer VanGilder


Department of Applied Economics
Curriculum Vita


Economics 201: Essentials of Microeconomics

The objectives of this course is to have people learn stuff about micro (i.e. tiny) economics.

Class Description:

Principles of Microeconomics is one of the two principles courses in the discipline of economics. Microeconomics is the study of the behavior of individual decision makers in the economic system, particularly households and business firms. It contrasts with macroeconomics, which is the study of the behavior of the economic system as a whole. Successful study of economics requires an ability to engage in abstract thinking. The course will focus on the development of economic models used to analyze the behavior of decision-making units and will apply these models to real-world examples.

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Economics 480:  Labor Economics

Course Description:

A study of labor force participation, labor demand, educationand training, wage differentials, regional and occupational mobility, labor unions, and discrimination, poverty, and income distribution.

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Economics 301: Microeconomic Theory

The objective of this course is to develop the main methods of systematic economic reasoning. Topics covered in the course will include the theories of consumer behavior; the economics of uncertainty and information; theories of the firm and market structure; and selected topics in general equilibrium and welfare economics. Although quite a few numbers of economic models and their applications will be discussed in the course, you will soon discover that these models are basically repeated applications of the methods of constrained optimization and equilibrium analysis. These techniques will be covered in the context of problems relating to consumer, business firms, and workers. These are among the techniques necessary to understand the consequences of phenomena such as price rises, collusion among firms, and unionization as well as the effects of government policies such as rent control, minimum-wage legislation, environmental preservation, and agricultural price supports. Limitations of the standard rational choice model will also be discussed. Attention will be paid to the cognitive biases that influence economic decision-making and to the interdependencies among individual decisions.


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Economics 380:
Gender and Diversity in the Workplace

Course Description:

The demographic composition of the labor force is changing around the world.  In the United States, an increasing number of individuals who are demographically dissimilar from each other, are working together, more than at any time since the Industrial Revolution.  Yet despite these developments in the workplace, economic inequalities along the lines of race, ethnicity and gender, persist.  The course addresses the issues of labor market race and gender discrimination.  Throughout this course we will seek to examine the economic and societal impacts of differential treatment.  We will address these differences from the views of the organization, individual, and society.  Finally, we will evaluate the effectiveness of public policies designed to address discrimination will be evaluated using various measurable indicators such as labor for participation rates, income differentials, occupational distribution, human capital accumulation, and household production and time allocation.


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Economics 381:
Poverty and Discrimination

Course Description:

Dramatic changes have been occurring in the landscape of poverty and discrimination over the last decade. One such change includes the welfare reform of 1996 (the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act) which gives individual states primary responsibility for welfare policy bringing about a number of implications for those within and outside the welfare roles. Poverty within the United States, although studied rigorously, continues to grow and change by gender, race, and ethnic composition. This course will start with the main economic tools necessary for policy analysis, move on to poverty, causes and cures, and finish with discrimination. The course will conclude with an examination of policies that are effective within the government now to see if they are moving in the direction of their goals. These goals include but are not restricted to equal opportunity and equality of income for Hispanics and African Americans. All information on economic principles will be covered in class to accommodate those students with limited economic experience.


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Economics 100:
The Economic Way of Thinking

Course Description:

The Economic Way of Thinking provides an introduction to economic analysis and the application of economic analysis to policy problems.  Throughout the quarter we will take an in-depth look into selected problems as determined by current events.  This course will incorporate several “economic activities” to help make these events more understandable.  This course seeks to help students learn basic economic concepts and analyze economic theories as well as to teach applications of the economic way of thinking and methodology in the analysis of historical and contemporary issues. 


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