The Economics Department

Daniel Ackerberg


ProfessorPh.D., Yale University

Addison Baker Duncan Centennial Professor of Economics
Daniel Ackerberg

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-9538
  • Office: BRB 2.162
  • Office Hours: Fall 2019 | M 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Campus Mail Code: C3100

Courses


ECO 349K • Economics Of Entrepreneurship

34385 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM RLP 1.104

Economics of Entrepreneurship

This course applies insights from economic theory to the practice of starting a new business or expanding a current business.  The course combines elements of strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance courses as typically taught in a business school and an industrial organization course as taught in an economics department.  We start by examining general issues regarding entrepreneurship, in particular the search for markets that can support entrepreneurial profits.  Then, we turn to specific strategic decisions that entrepreneurs make:  pricing, advertising, product location, entry deterrence, etc.  Finally, we examine practical issues in entrepreneurship, including finding capital, business plans, patent protection, negotiation, employee compensation, and auctions as a transactional mechanism.

 

The Economics of Ethics and Social Justice:

 

This course delves into the history of thought on questions relating to ethics, morality, and social justice. We will identify how, in the history of philosophical and economic thought, these terms are related and how they translate into the practice of law and public policy in the United States. Using the tools of economics, we will scrutinize the different theories of social justice used to justify standards for policy on ethical and moral grounds. We will identify and analyze procedures that can and have been used to ensure that the social welfare maximizing outcome coincides with the “just,” “moral,” and “ethical" outcome. We will apply competing theories to our reading of controversial court opinions, regulations, and legislation.  

 

Law and Economics:

In this course we will discuss economic analysis of laws, legal systems, and court rulings, as well as the theory and practice of the common law system. Students will read and respond to case law and prominent authors in the field. Students will analyze and present a case to the class. While no prior knowledge of the law is required, nor knowledge of Game Theory, the course will cover recent applications of law from the game theoretic perspective. 

ECO 349K • Economics Of Entrepreneurship

34345 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM RLP 1.106

Economics of Entrepreneurship

This course applies insights from economic theory to the practice of starting a new business or expanding a current business.  The course combines elements of strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance courses as typically taught in a business school and an industrial organization course as taught in an economics department.  We start by examining general issues regarding entrepreneurship, in particular the search for markets that can support entrepreneurial profits.  Then, we turn to specific strategic decisions that entrepreneurs make:  pricing, advertising, product location, entry deterrence, etc.  Finally, we examine practical issues in entrepreneurship, including finding capital, business plans, patent protection, negotiation, employee compensation, and auctions as a transactional mechanism.

 

The Economics of Ethics and Social Justice:

 

This course delves into the history of thought on questions relating to ethics, morality, and social justice. We will identify how, in the history of philosophical and economic thought, these terms are related and how they translate into the practice of law and public policy in the United States. Using the tools of economics, we will scrutinize the different theories of social justice used to justify standards for policy on ethical and moral grounds. We will identify and analyze procedures that can and have been used to ensure that the social welfare maximizing outcome coincides with the “just,” “moral,” and “ethical" outcome. We will apply competing theories to our reading of controversial court opinions, regulations, and legislation.  

 

Law and Economics:

In this course we will discuss economic analysis of laws, legal systems, and court rulings, as well as the theory and practice of the common law system. Students will read and respond to case law and prominent authors in the field. Students will analyze and present a case to the class. While no prior knowledge of the law is required, nor knowledge of Game Theory, the course will cover recent applications of law from the game theoretic perspective. 

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