EC 095A ~ Health Insurance: Theory, Evidence and Policy
CRN: 93528

The most recent figures show that 47 million Americans (15.8% of the population) were uninsured throughout 2006. Why? Who are they? How does it matter? And what can we do about it? We will study the purpose of insurance and how insurance affects choices, costs and health outcomes. We'll examine the typical structure of private insurance and the major forms of government insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. We'll investigate characteristics of the uninsured in the United States and how other countries provide insurance, and we'll determine the pros and cons of a range of proposals for covering more or all Americans.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:35am-10:25am
Contact: 802-656-0183,

Sara Solnick: Associate Professor of Economics, never took an economics class in college, but she fell in love with the subject while completing a Masters degree in Health Policy and Management and immediately proceeded to a Ph.D. in Economics. She has published papers on status, gender differences in negotiation, attractiveness, Christmas presents, and hit-and-run accidents. She enjoys creative writing, photography, travel, and hanging out with her husband and three daughters.

EC 095B ~ Latin America: Diversity, Progress, and Exclusion
CRN: 93530

Why is Latin America a relatively poor region in spite of its abundant natural resources? Why does the region have the most unequal distribution of income in the world, and why does it export so many immigrants to the United States? Throughout the semester we will learn about the benefits and challenges that globalization poses to the more than 500 million Latin Americans. We will consider whether the roots of Latin American underdevelopment lay in its colonial experience, and to what degree subsequent imperialist intervention has played a role. This course is a good choice for students interested in the region, and in economics.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course and non-European Cultures
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:40am-11:30am
Contact: 802-656-0694,

Catalina Vizcarra: Assistant Professor of Economics, specializes in Latin American economic history. Her current research focus is on the role of natural resources and institutions in Latin American development. A native Peruvian, she travels frequently to the region, and loves Peruvian cuisine and World Cup soccer.