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Upon graduating, students should be able to:
- Evaluate economic choices made by households, firms, and governments, and examine policy issues in several areas such as education, health, labor, the environment, and equity.
- Describe the performance of economies and choose appropriate models to evaluate and propose policies for improving aggregate economic outcomes, including growth, equity, and stability.
- Examine how economic data are collected, used, and interpreted, as well as the limitations and potential biases inherent in such data.
- Use data, statistical techniques, and statistical software to conduct an economics research project and craft policy and/or scholarly recommendations based on the findings.
- Use economic reasoning to appraise the trade-offs raised by different sides of a policy debate, and understand the role institutions and societal constraints play in such debates.
- Use economic tools to analyze how different stakeholders are affected by economic activity, and how policy can be designed to enhance welfare, equity, and social justice.