Discover how economists analyze policy questions. This course does not instruct you on how to vote, but instead provides a framework to sort out issues in an informed and organized fashion.
• Week 1 – Income Inequality
• Week 2 – Economic Instability and Financial Crises
• Week 3 – Debt, Growth, and the Environment
Facilitator: William Scarth – Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at McMaster.
Bill Scarth received the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction and several McMaster Students Union Teaching Awards including the MSU’s highest honour – their Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching. In addition to publishing many articles in academic journals (in the areas of macroeconomics, labour economics, international trade and public finance), Bill has authored four textbooks, and he has been a Research Economist at the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading non-profit policy institute, for 25 years.
Some of Bill’s recent research concerns how globalization affects the ability of governments to provide support for those living on low incomes, and to deal with the tensions between young and old that have emerged with increased concern about the environment and our aging population.