Economics Department

Although divided into two main areas, all of economics pertains to one overarching problem: the ability of human wants to outstrip available resources. Topics covered under "macro" economics are national income measures, business cycles, unemployment, inflation, economic growth and development, monetary and fiscal policy, government debt: the United States banking system, and international trade and finance. "Micro" economics focuses on household, business, and some government decision-making. Topics include the functioning of markets under perfect (supply-and-demand) and imperfect competition, antitrust and regulation, environmental policy, and the distribution of personal income and wealth.


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Jennifer Pakula View profile information for Staff Member Jennifer Pakula Faculty Website Jennifer Pakula
Department Co-Chair
Office BGS 351
(949) 582-6170
Ken Woodward, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member Ken Woodward, Ph.D. Faculty Website Ken Woodward, Ph.D.
Department Co-Chair
Office BGS 343
(949) 582-4868

Howard Gensler, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member Howard Gensler, Ph.D. Faculty Website Howard Gensler, Ph.D.
Office BGS 322
(949) 582-4450



Core Courses and Resources


  • ECON 2 Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECON 4 Principles of Economics (Micro)

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