Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Professor, Economics Department


Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • ECON 3700-090 Sports Economics
  • ECON 7970-003 Thesis Research-PhD

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Courses I Teach

  • Economics 3640 - Probability and Statistical Inference.
    This course applies probability theory and statistical methods to economics and the social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability theory and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics is a collection of methods for summarizing a large amount of quantitative information so that it is easily understood. This should help you in comprehending the quantitative information that you encounter on a daily basis. It should increase your skills in communication and understanding data.
  • Economics 3700 - Sports Economics.
    This course will be a survey of the theory and literature of the economic issues relevant in professional and big-time collegiate sports. We will discuss issues such as ticket pricing, the building of a new arena or stadium, and owners v. union labor issues. All of the topics will be discussed within the context of economics.
  • Economics 6610 - Microeconomics for Masters Students.
    This is a course in microeconomic theory for Masters students. Microeconomics is the study of individual agents (corporations, households, workers, farmers, and shopkeepers) in the market economy. Market theory is developed as the combination of theories about consumers, workers and firms, all in equilibrium. We also examine practical application and real world illustrations with imperfectly competitive business situations. My course goal is to teach you to think like an economist. The application of theory to new situations is emphasized in the assignments and exams.
  • Economics 7006 - Microeconomic Theory II.
    This second course in the graduate microeconomics sequence leans heavily on the first. The competitive equilibrium provides a benchmark, and welfare economics provides a normative methodology. We extend the discussion of an idealized economy of utility maximizing consumers and profit maximizing producers to consider cases of market failure.
  • Economics 7007 - Macroeconomic Theory I.
    This is the first course in the graduate macroeconomics sequence. It surveys the formal models that are invoked in the contemporary debates of macroeconomic policy; including classical, Keynesian, new classical and new Keynesian theories. Macroeconomics as a field of study was motivated by an empirical fact, the Great Depression. Likewise, this course begins with a survey of the stylized facts of short-term, economy-wide instability. Nevertheless, much of the semester is devoted to the analysis of formal models at a theoretical level. Particular attention is given to the search, not for empirical explanation, but for coherence with microeconomics theory.
  • Economics 7801 - Econometrics II.
    This course focuses on regression analysis, the widely used technique of statistical curve fitting that was introduced in of Economics 7800. Econ 7800, or an equivalent background is a prerequisite. While 7800 focused on cross sectional data, this course concentrates on time series applications.

Teaching Projects

  • Sport economics online course creation. Project Lead: David Kiefer. 08/01/2016 - 12/31/2016.
  • Statistics online course creation. Project Lead: David Kiefer. Economics Department, University of Utah 08/24/2015 - 01/01/2016. Total Budget: $0.00.