Robert Arden (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) has been teaching at Furman University since 2003 as an Assistant Visiting Professor in either a part time or full time capacity. Professor Arden's teaching interests include the economics of poverty and income inequality, and the economics of strategy. His research interests include the growth in income inequality in the U.S., equity in education, and the evolution of the communications industry. Prior to joining Furman University, Professor Arden worked in the telecommunications industry and had been a member of the faculty at Seton Hall University.

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Introduction to Economics

Introduction to the essential concepts of economic analysis and implications for public policy. Emphasis on examining the operation of markets in both a macro and micro setting. Topics include: inflation, unemployment and monetary policy as well as consumer behavior, the operation of business firms, and supply and demand. Offerings at other institutions are not typically considered equivalent to this course unless they provide thorough coverage of topics introduced in both macro and microeconomics.


Economics of Poverty

Examination of the issues of income inequality and economic poverty in modern America. Topics include: theories of poverty and income distribution; statistical measurement of poverty and inequality; poverty trends among important racial and demographic groups; public policy initiatives.


Public Finance

Microeconomic analysis of government expenditure and tax policies, with attention to social security, national health insurance, welfare programs, individual income tax and other current topics.


Economics of Strategy

A study of economic forces that shape companies and the industries and markets in which corporations (or lines of businesses) operate. Topics include: understanding the origins of competitive advantage and how to sustain it; assessing entry and exit conditions of a market; conducting industry and competitive analyses; determining the boundaries of the corporation; and assessing how these boundaries are changed under conditions of advancing technology.

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