CS 201 Consumer Research and Analysis (undergraduate)

This course provides basic training in applied data analysis, with an emphasis on consumer research applications. Students are taught about ethical research practices while learning and applying the foundations of descriptive and inferential statistics.

CS 527 Consumer Spending and Savings over the Lifecycle (undergraduate)

This course examines consumption and savings patterns for individuals, families, and households at different stages of the lifecycle. The course content will focus on the U.S. and be heavily weighted towards analyzing the role of social and economic activity in the 21st century (2000-present) on consumption and savings behavior. Course topics include measurements of economic well-being, consumption and savings, economic theories of consumption, savings and wealth accumulation, poverty, inequality, with applications to older Americans and the transition to adulthood.

CS 579 Consumer Policy Analysis & Regulation (undergraduate)

Consumer policies address a broad range of market activities including regulations regarding the quality or price of goods and services, information disclosures, specifications and standards. This course uses the tools of microeconomic analysis to investigate the rationales for government regulation, as well as the predicted and observed outcomes of policy alternatives.

CS 901 Family Economic Policy (graduate)

The course is subtitled “Economic Resources, Marriage, and the Family” and explores the intersection of economic resources, family processes (e.g. marriage, cohabitation, divorce) and household behavior, applying the analytical tools of economics and other social science disciplines. This course will develop the ability of family researchers to critically analyze existing research on how economic resources influence individual and household behavior and enhance their ability to understand, critique, and use quantitative methods.

Syllabi available upon request!