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ECO 501Microeconomic Theory IFirst term of a two-term sequence in microeconomic theory. Topics include consumer and producer theory, choice under uncertainty and an introduction to game theory.
ECO 503Macroeconomic Theory IFirst term of a two-term sequence in macroeconomics. Topics include consumption, saving, and investment; real interest rates and asset prices; long-term economic growth; money and inflation; and econometric methods for macroeconomics.
ECO 511Advanced Economic Theory ITopics vary from year to year reflecting, among other things, current developments and the instructor's interests. Topics covered in past years have included expected and nonexpected utility theory, intertemporal general equilibrium theory, evolutionary game theory, dynamic games, contract theory, theory of organizations, and bounded rationality.
ECO 515Econometric ModelingThe construction, estimation, and testing of econometric models as a process, from theory to model formulation to estimation and testing and back to theory. Bridging the gap between theory and applied work. A series of topics in macroeconomics time series and microeconomic cross-sectional analysis: consumption at the household and aggregate level, commodity prices, nonparametric and parametrics estimation.
ECO 517Econometric Theory IA first-year course in the first-year econometrics sequence: it is divided into two parts. The first gives students the necessary background in probability theory and statistics. Topics include definitions and axioms of probability, moments, some univariate distributions, the multivariate normal distribution, sampling distributions, introduction to asymptotic theory, estimation and testing. The second part introduces the linear regression model and develops associated tools. Properties of the ordinary least squares estimator will be studied in detail and a number of tests developed.
ECO 519Advanced Econometrics: Nonlinear ModelsThis is half of the second-year sequence in econometrics methodology (ECO 513 is the other). The course covers nonlinear statistical models for the analysis of cross-sectional and panel data. It is intended both for students specializing in econometric theory and for students interested in applying statistical methods to statistical data. Approximately half of the course is devoted to development of the large-sample theory for nonlinear estimation procedures, while the other half concentrates on application of the methods to various econometric models.
ECO 520/POL 577Economics and PoliticsFocused on analytical models of political institutions, this course is organized around canonical models and their applications. These include: voting models, menu auctions, models of reputation and cheap talk games. These models are used to explain patterns of participation in elections, institutions of congress, lobbying, payments to special interest groups and other observed phenomena.
ECO 521Advanced Macroeconomic Theory ITopics vary from year to year, reflecting current developments and the instructor's interests. Topics covered in past years have included methods of numerical analysis and econometric testing of equilibrium business cycle models, the role of monetary and fiscal policy in inflation determination, the nature of optimal monetary policy, dynamic games and time consistency in macroeconomic policy formation, central banking, and the theories of price stickiness.
ECO 523Public Finance IThis course provides a microeconomic examination of the role of government in the economy. Topics will include the theory and measurement of excess burden, optimal tax theory, the analysis of tax incidence, and an examination of the effects of taxation on behavior.
ECO 525/FIN 525Asset PricingIntroduction to asset pricing covering theory in both continuous and discrete time to study dynamic portfolio choice; derivative pricing; the term structure of interest rates; and intertemporal asset-pricing and consumption-based models. Pre-requisites: All required courses in micro, macro and econometrics at the first-year PhD level.
ECO 531Economics of LaborAn examination of the economics of the labor market, especially the forces determining the supply of and demand for labor, the level of unemployment, labor mobility, the structure of relative wages, and the general level of wages.
ECO 541Industrial Organization and Public PolicyMethods for empirical and theoretical analysis of markets composed of productive enterprises and their customers are studied. Analyses are applied to modern market structures and practices, and public policy towards them. Topics include the roles of technology and information, the structure of firms, modes of interfirm competition, determination of price, quality, and R & D investment, and criteria for government intervention.
ECO 551International Trade IThe determinants of foreign trade: (1) inter-country differences of factor endowments and technologies and (2) scale economics and imperfect competition are studied. Dynamic comparative advantage; innovation and growth; factor movements and multinational corporations; gains from trade; tariffs and quantitative restrictions on trade and their role in dealing with market failures and oligopolies; the political economy of trade policy; international negotiations on trade policy; and economic integration are studied as well.
ECO 553International Monetary Theory and Policy IThis sequence (with ECO 554) develops core models of international finance and open-economy macroeconomics, and surveys selected current research topics in the field. Topics treated in the first semester include: the intertemporal approach to the current account; the determination of real exchange rates, and purchasing power parity; international CAPM and uncovered interest rate parity; sovereign debt crisis; speculative attacks and liquidity crises; international risk sharing and capital flows, home bias, and the stability of the international financial system.
ECO 562Economic Development IAn examination of those areas in the economic analysis of development where there have been recent analytical or empirical advances. Emphasis is given to the formulation of theoretical models and econometric analysis and testing. Topics covered include models of household/farm behavior, savings behavior, equity and efficiency in pricing policy, project evaluation, measurement of poverty and inequality, and the analysis of commodity prices.
ECO 581AMicroeconomics Theory WorkshopDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581BMicroeconomic Policy
ECO 581CMacroeconomics/International Finance WorkshopDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581DLabor Economics/Industrial Relations SeminarDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581EResearch Program in Development StudiesDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581FTrade WorkshopDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581GEconometric Research SeminarDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581HCivitas Foundation Finance SeminarDrafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
ECO 581JBehavioral Economics WorkshopSeminar led by different guest professors each week to discuss their current research in the field of Behavioral Economics.
ECO 581KPolitical Economy WorkshopSeminar led by different guest professors each week to discuss their current research in the field of Political Economy. Third and fourth year graduate students are expected to attend; first and second year graduate students and faculty members are invited to attend.
POP 501/ECO 571/SOC 531Survey of Population ProblemsSurvey of past and current trends in the growth of the population of the world and of selected regions. Analysis of the components of growth and their determinants. The social and economic consequences of population change.
WWS 590A/ECO 581LEconomic Perspectives on Inequality (Half-Term)Economics is centrally concerned with models of human capital development, educational attainment, labor market dynamics, unemployment, labor turnover, job duration, wage setting institutions, the role of unions, human capital formation, the relationship between economic status and other aspects of well-being (including health). Economists are essential partners in the behavioral study of preferences and decision making, mobility and redistribution, and the institutions of industrial relations that govern the labor market.