Inside Linfield - January Term

Study Abroad Information for Current Linfield Students

January Term Abroad

ECON-398  D-Day Economics: Quantitative Economics and Game Theory in WWII (UK & France)

The invasion of Normandy remains perhaps the single most complicated military operation in world history. It required planning, production, and logistics coordination stretching from the factories and shipyards of the Unites States all the way to the shores of France. This course examines the economics of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, including: macroeconomic coordination policies of the United States before and during World War II; establishment of optimal shipping and transportation programs to support the logistics buildup for the invasion; the logistics of training, outfitting and moving men and material to the landing zones; economic warfare in the build-up of Allied forces; the role of economists in selecting targets and allocating resources within the Normandy Campaign; and the use of mathematical economics (particularly applications of game theory and operations research) in addressing economic problems within the planning of the operation. Special emphasis is given to game theory, mathematical programming and input/output models as major analytical tools available to working economists.

Prerequisite: ECON 210; and MATH 160 or higher. Fall semester prior to JT '22 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

Faculty: Professors Eric Schuck and Brittany Teahan

Fees: $5000

Estimated Airfare: $1800 *(Applicable to students who do not qualify for the airfare subsidy provided by the University.)

Credits: 4
LC: GP or QR