Jason Jones (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined the Furman economics faculty in 2008. His current research focuses on issues related to budgetary balances and restrictions in the European Monetary Union. His teaching interests include macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, forecasting, and European integration. Professor Jones has also been the faculty advisor to the Furman Fed Challenge Team and co-advisor of the Furman Economic Society, and he offers a popular May course titled The Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy.


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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.


Federal Rsrve & Monetary Plcy

An examination of the Federal Reserve system and its important role in the conduct of monetary policy. Emphasis is placed on the collection and interpretation of current economic indicators and how the Federal Reserve might respond to the existing economic situation. Course material will prepare students to participate in the Fed Challenge.


Statistics for Econ & Business

Introduction to applied probability and statistics. Topics include: tabular and graphical presentation of data; descriptive measures of central tendency, dispersion, and location; probability and probability distributions (discrete and continuous); inferential statistics and hypothesis testing; bivariate analysis (qualitative and quantitative), including crosstabulation, covariance, correlation, and simple linear regression. Transfer credit will not be awarded until students pass an equivalency exam administered by the department. Students cannot receive credit for this course and MTH-241.


International Macroeconomics

An introduction to international macroeconomic theory and policy. Topics covered include exchange rates, balance of payments, and interest rates. Stabilization policy in the open economy, currency crises, and monetary integration will also be explored.


Intermediate Macroeconomics

Focuses on short and long run macroeconomic models. Analysis of monetary and fiscal policies and their effectiveness in targeting aggregate measures of unemployment and inflation under closed and open economy regimes.


Senior Seminar in Economics

Capstone course for economics majors. Reading and analysis of selected topics. Research, data analysis and writing of selected topics. Presentation of student research in oral forum.

  • Jones, Jason (2013). "Cross-border banking in the expanded EU" (Forthcoming) Eastern European Economics; Jones, Jason (2012).
  • "Discretionary fiscal policy in the European Monetary Union." Modern Economy. Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 742-751; Jones, Jason, Nora Collins, and Lauren Sribnick (2012).
  • "External influences on business cycle synchronization in the euro area." International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 28-40.
  • Co-chair of EUSA economics interest section (2011-present)
  • Red Hughes Chair (2008-2011)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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