Course Description

This course equips students with the economic principles used to explain and predict consumption and production choices, market interactions and government interventions in the food system. We use the graphical methods taught in standard, one-semester courses on the principles of economics, applied to current news stories and data sources about food and nutrition problems in the United States and around the world. In so doing students gain the skills needed to: (1) explain and predict consumption, production and trade in agriculture and food markets; (2) evaluate the social welfare consequences of market failure, collective action and government policies including regulation, taxation and enforcement of property rights in agriculture and food markets; (3) measure poverty and inequality in income, wealth, nutrition and health, as influenced by changes in markets and policies; and (4) describe macroeconomic relationships, fluctuations and trends in incomes, employment, economic growth and development. Textbook in syllabus is recommended not required. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent.

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Section Title
Econ Food and Nutrition Policy
Th, T
4:15PM to 5:45PM
Jan 16, 2020 to May 07, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Boston Health Sciences Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact lucia.fenney@tufts.edu with any questions regarding immunizations. Please note that courses cannot be repeated and students may only enroll in 4 NUTR, 2 NUTB, or 1 NUTC course prior to matriculation.

Pre-requisites: At least one course in general biology or chemistry.

Instructor Approval: During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

Remission Eligibility: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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