Learn the Principles of Macroeconomics in Rice’s Open Online Course 3


Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics (Course 3)

Through course lectures, quizzes, discussions, and problem sets, you'll be able to digest economic news with a more discerning viewpoint, and have a more informed view about the cost and benefits of economic policy. Overall, you’ll learn to look at the world around you through the eyes of an economist. There’s also an optional, but very helpful course book that coincides with this intro to macroeconomics online course.

Who should attend:

  • Individuals wanting to see how trade can impact global wellbeing
  • People seeking a greater understanding of how government policy affects business decisions
  • Learners wishing to continue their journey to understand economic theory

You will be able to:

  • Describe how GDP is used to measure macroeconomic performance
  • Discover how the role of government policy responds to business cycle shocks
  • Explore how inflation is used to measure macroeconomic performance



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Dr. James DeNicco, Ph.D.

Jimmy is the Director of the Principles of Economics Program and a Senior Lecturer at Rice University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Drexel University in 2013, where his primary concentration was in Macroeconomics and his secondary in Industrial Organization. He has a real passion for teaching Economics, going back to his first time in the classroom in 2010 during graduate school. He was awarded as the “Outstanding Ph.D. Instructor” for the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University. He currently teaches Principles of Economics to about 700 Rice students annually. He also teaches in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs and the Master of Social Policy Evaluation programs. When not on campus, you can usually find Jimmy spending time with his wonderful family, watching sports or cheesy 80s horror films, and barbecuing.

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