David C. Colander

Distinguished College Professor

 By appointment.
 Munroe Hall 215


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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ECON0150 - Intro Macroeconomics      

Introductory Macroeconomics
An introduction to macroeconomics: a consideration of macroeconomic problems such as unemployment and inflation. Theories and policy proposals of Keynesian and classical economists are contrasted. Topics considered include: banking, financial institutions, monetary policy, taxation, government spending, fiscal policy, tradeoffs between inflation and unemployment in both the short run and the long run, and wage-price spirals. 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Fall 2013

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ECON0450 - History of Economic Thought      

History of Economic Thought
This course offers a historical and analytical perspective on the development of economic ideas. It asks the question: Why is economics what it is today? A number of international issues will be considered, such as the differential development of economic ideas in different countries, comparative advantage and its relation to trade, and the development and spread of socialist ideas. In this course students will read Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Frederich Hayek. (ECON 0250 and ECON 0255; or by approval) 3 hrs. sem. HIS PHL

Fall 2013

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ECON0500 - 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 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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INTD0220 - Management and Enterprise      

Management, Enterprise, and Business
An organization, be it a business, a social enterprise, a school or a country, must be managed. In this course we will explore management theory and its practical applications. The course will focus on several highly relevant and timely management issues, giving students both a sound basis for understanding management and also experience with real-world management situations. The course will consist of two components. One component surveys the history and development of management theory, management functions, management roles and skills, and management organization, structures and behavior. The second component focuses on practical management techniques and skills including problem solving, teamwork, and communications. Professor 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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INTD0221 - Enterprise & Entrepreneurship      

Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts
In this course we will explore how to translate the skills and knowledge learned in liberal arts courses to the skills and knowledge used in various forms of enterprises. The course will consist of three parts. In the first part we will discuss the role and nature of college education and how it relates, or does not relate, to getting a job. In the second part we will discuss the nature of enterprise, business, and entrepreneurship, considering how social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship relate. Finally, in the third part students will complete a set of self-directed exercises to gain an overview of the introduction to the specific skills they will need in the future.

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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INTD0316 - 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 Colander will be assisting with the class, giving occasional lectures, and connecting the class to broad liberal arts themes. (ECON 0155) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. lab

Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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INTD0317 - Introduction to Finance      

Introduction to Finance
In this introductory survey course we will cover the role of finance in society, the basic workings of the financial system, how funds are allocated within the economy, and how institutions raise money. We will cover a range of topics, including: interest rates and the time value of money; uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return; security market efficiency; stocks, bonds and optimal capital structure; financing decisions and capital budgeting; sovereign risk; foreign currencies; derivatives markets; and concerns about the role of finance in society. The course will include discussions of current news events in global markets, as well as a significant project applying the tools we have learned. (ECON 0155) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. lab

Spring 2014

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INTD0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Approval Required

Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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Program in International Politics & Economics

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