David C. Colander

Distinguished College Professor

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David Colander is College Professor at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 30 books and over 100 articles on a wide range of topics. These include Principles of Economics (McGraw-Hill), History of Economic Thought (with Harry Landreth) (Houghton Mifflin), Macroeconomics(with Ed Gamber)(Prentice Hall), Why Aren't Economists as Important as Garbagemen? (Sharpe), and MAP: A Market Anti-Inflation Plan (with Abba Lerner) (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). His books have been, or are being, translated into a number of different languages, including Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.

He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia University, Vassar College, the University of Miami, and Princeton University as well as Middlebury College. In 2001-2002 he was the Kelley Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has also been a consultant to Time-Life Films, a consultant to Congress, a Brookings Policy Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is listed in Who's Who?, Who's Who in Education?, etc.

He has been on the board of numerous economic societies and has been Vice President and President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice-President of the History of Economic Thought Society. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Eastern Economic Journal, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is also series editor, with Mark Blaug, of Twentieth Century Economists for Edward Elgar Publishers.

His latest work focuses on economic education, complexity, and the methodology appropriate to applied policy economics.



Course List: 

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ECON 0500 - Individual Special Project      

Individual Special Project
If you choose to pursue an area that we do not offer or go in depth in an area already covered, we recommend the Individual Special Project option. These ECON 0500 proposals MUST be passed by the entire department and are to be submitted to the chair by the first Friday of fall and spring semester, respectively. The proposals should contain a specific description of the course contents, its goals, and the mechanisms by which goals are to be realized. It should also include a bibliography. According to the College Handbook, ECON 0500 projects are a privilege open to those students with advanced preparation and superior records in their fields. A student needs to have a 3.5 or higher G.P.A. in Economics courses taken at Middlebury in order to pursue an Individual Special Project. ECON 0500 does not count towards the major or minor requirements.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015

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INTD 0120 - Intro Business & Enterprise      

Introduction to Business and Enterprise
This course provides students who have little to no background in business with a broad overview of business and enterprise in the economy. Students will learn about types of enterprises and a functional framework for understanding a business, including strategy, finance, production, and marketing. This framework will be used to analyze various businesses and non-profits, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various structures. The course will give overviews of accounting and entrepreneurship, and explore policy and philosophical debates about the morality of for-profit business and the need for corporate responsibility. 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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INTD 0220 - Management and Enterprise      

Management, Enterprise, and Business
Social enterprises, schools, governments, and businesses all need to be managed; indeed “manager” is today's most common job, yet most managers would struggle to explain what management is. In this course we will review different types of organizations, their common functions, and what it means to manage them. In the class wWe will review the history and development of management theory, functions, roles, skills, organization, structure, and behavior. In the lab students will work in small groups to understand, articulate, and address management issues faced by a real enterprise. Students will learn practical management techniques and skills including problem solving, teamwork, and communications. Professor David Colander will be assisting with the class, giving occasional lectures, and connecting the class to broad liberal arts themes. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2014

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INTD 0221 - Enterprise & Entrepreneurship      

Creating New Enterprises To Solve Significant Problems: For-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship
In this class students will explore how entrepreneurial innovators solve significant problems by creating new enterprises, and how these new organizations impact our society. In today’s society, entrepreneurship seems ubiquitous. At times, it appears that entrepreneurs can do no wrong. At other times, they are depicted as over-optimistic fools. Such polar characterizations may sell magazines, but they do not capture what entrepreneurship is, which involves a more complex and interesting story— in both for-profit and social entrepreneurship environments. Students will explore entrepreneurship in depth with the goal of penetrating the popular veneer and uncovering the essence of starting and growing new enterprises designed to solve significant societal problems.

Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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INTD 0253 - Art & Craft of Statesmanship      

The Art and Craft of Statesmanship
This course explores the art and craft of statesmanship. It is a hands-on course that explores how an academic idea is translated into a policy proposal. Students will work in teams learning the skills needed to move from abstract idea to political proposal. They will do background research, write a white paper report, and draft speeches that communicate a policy proposal to the general public. 3 hrs. sem. CW

Fall 2016

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INTD 0316 - Accounting/Budgeting/Lib Arts      

Accounting, Budgeting, and the Liberal Arts
Accounting is the lingua franca of commercial and financial activity, and applies equally to corporations, non-profits, and governments. In this course we will learn the basic concepts and standards underlying the accounting language including: revenue recognition, inventory, long-lived assets, present value, long-term liabilities, and financial statements. We then turn to the application and use of accounting information in forecasting, operating, and measuring an enterprise. These managerial accounting concepts are used to develop budgets and evaluate results. Our understanding of accounting and financial statements is needed to understand how business interrelates with society, and to answer a range of economic questions such as new product profitability, how to measure and motivate staff and predicting whether Chicago will follow Detroit into bankruptcy. There will be a significant project to apply the concepts and tools we have developed. Professor David Colander will be assisting with the class, giving occasional lectures, and connecting the class to broad liberal arts themes. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. lab

Fall 2014

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INTD 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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Program in International Politics & Economics

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