About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Afrikaans

What you will learn

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    Analyze macroeconomic and microeconomic variables at the firm and country levels.

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    Assess market characteristics and firm level behaviors as frameworks for making business decisions.

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    Explore asymmetries and externalities as forms of market failure and as best practices for equilibrium outcomes within market structures.

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    Create a business plan that requires the application of data analysis tools and interpretations of statistical findings.

Skills you will gain

EconomicsSupply And DemandStatistical AnalysisStatistical Hypothesis Testing

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Afrikaans

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior

4.8
643 ratings
143 reviews
Course2

Firm Level Economics: Markets and Allocations

4.9
388 ratings
66 reviews
Course3

Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets

4.2
355 ratings
58 reviews
Course4

Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance

4.4
280 ratings
35 reviews

Instructors

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Larry DeBrock

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College of Business Department of Business Administration
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Hadi Salehi Esfahani

Professor of Economics and Professor of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, College of Business
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Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta

Clinical Professor of Business Administration
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College of Business Department of Business Administration
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Vlad Dolgopolov

Visiting Faculty
Gies College of Business

Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Business Administration (iMBA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule, most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 3-6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • Some familiarity with economic reasoning and concepts is recommended.

  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. Some courses do list other courses as prerequisites. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all six courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

  • iMBA courses in Coursera do not carry University of Illinois credit on their own. Each course has an enhanced for-credit component. You can earn academic credit if you combine an iMBA Coursera course with the enhanced for-credit component offered on the University of Illinois platform. Some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • • You will have a solid understanding of microeconomic theory and its use in the analysis of resource allocation and contemporary business problems.

    • You will understand the operation of markets and how markets arrive at equilibrium outcomes.

    • You will be able to assess the macroeconomic environment in which a business operates.

    • You will know the “language” of uncertainty and the statistical methods for making inferences and decisions on the basis of limited information/data.

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