Doug Norton, PhD

Teaching Faculty, Florida State University

Welcome to my website! I am a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Florida State University where I demonstrate to students the power of economics to explain the world around them.

I teach a variety of microeconomics courses at Florida State and seek to include a strong empirical component to classes. For example, in my intermediate microeconomics course, we run classroom experiments to test basic economic theory.

My research is at the intersection of economics, psychology, and sociology. Specifically, I use laboratory and econometric methods to address questions of collective action, taxation, poverty, religion, and culture.

 

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Economists supplying knowledge on demand

Economics is a toolkit for the mind. With scarcity, costs, and benefits, economics can shed light on every domain of human affairs. Economics can answer big questions like why some nations are rich and other nations are poor. Economics can also answer small questions like why roommates struggle to keep their house clean. The statistical methods economists use also help sharpen your mind and help you learn to think carefully about making "apples to apples" comparisons and establishing causal relationships.

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Adam Smith

“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it."