Department: Political Science, Economics, Sociology
Assistant Professor of Economics
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7746
Office Fax: (205) 226-4847
Brief Career Background:
2012-present, Assistant Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College
2010-2012, Assistant Professor of Economics & Management, DePauw University
2010 Ph.D. in Economics, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
2005 M.A. in Economics, Chongqing University, China
2001 B.A. in Economics, Chongqing Technology & Business University, China
Areas of Academic Interest:
- Open Economy Macroeconomics
- International Economics
- Monetary Economics
- Economic Growth & Development
- Asian Economies
- Applied Econometrics
Dr. Qu's research interests cover a variety of topics in the fields of International Finance, Trade, Economic Development and Monetary Economics with current emphasis on the role of real exchange rates. His current research projects consider how real exchange rate undervaluations influence development of tradable and nontradable sectors, economic growth and the distribution of income. How do developing countries benefit from increasing global trade and capital flows? What can policymakers in other developing nations learn from East Asian economic take-off in terms of trade and exchange rate policies? These questions are of great interest to him.
EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (1)
A general introduction to economics with emphasis on macroeconomic aspects: national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy. Fall, Spring.
EC 308 Macroeconomics (1)
A study in depth of the aggregates of economic society: Gross National Product, national income, personal income; the balance of savings and investment; economic stability; economic growth. Prerequisites: EC 201 and 202 and MA 231. Fall.
EC 410 International Economics (1)
The theory of international trade, balance of payments, international financial institutions, the structure of trade, international impacts on income distribution, trade policy including protection and regulation. Prerequisites: EC 201 and 202.
EC 430 Economic Growth and Development (1)
A study of theories of economic growth, alternative approaches to development policy, and their applications in various developing countries or regions. Prerequisites: EC 201 and 202.