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Doctoral Courses

ECO 609 Macroeconomic Theory

This course aims to provide you with a basic knowledge of the leading contemporaneous theories of growth and economic fluctuations. Second, it intends to help you develop the analytical and methodological tools to follow and understand modern professional research in macroeconomics.

ECO 610 Macroeconomic Theory II

The focus of this course is to study short-run economic fluctuations. In contrast with ECO 609, we will relax the assumption that the “classical dichotomy” holds. Thus, we will allow for nominal variables, such as the stock of money, to affect real variables, such as the level of economic activity or the rate of unemployment.

ECO 611 Mathematics for Economists

The goal of this course is to learn the fundamental mathematical tools used by research economists. The student must already be familiar with calculus, some linear algebra, basic optimization, and some real analysis.

ECO 612 Mathematical Economics II

Topics include: cones and separation theorems, specifically Minkowski’s Theorem, Farka’s Lemma, and Gordan’s Lemma, maximum-value functions, envelope theorems, duality and comparative statics analysis.

ECO 613 Introduction to Econometrics

This course is a systematic study of the econometrics of the Least Squares (LS), the Generalized Least Squares (GLS), and the Maximum Likelihood (ML) estimation methods in the context of a Gauss-Markhoff regression framework and several of its variants; it also offers a brief treatment of the Generalized Method of Monents (GMM) estimation method and its properties. The emphasis is on model specification, testing of hypothesis and forecasting, and also on rigorous derivation of pertinent results. Students will be instructed on how to use standard computer software, and will be provided with real-world data sets for implementing the various models.

ECO 614 Econometric Applications and Methods

The course deals mostly with the asymptotic distribution theory in several contexts. It begins by considering the asymptotics for LS and GLS estimators. Topics covered include: Transformation of variables, Distributed Lags, Time-Series Models (AR, MA, and ARMA only), Non-Linear Regressions, SUR models, and most important, Simultaneous Equation Systems. The course also offers students an opportunity to implement some of the models to real-world data, using standard software.

ECO 665 Microeconomics Theory I

The course covers the theory of the firm both under perfect and imperfect competition, the theory of the consumer, general equilibrium analysis in competitive markets and welfare analysis. The course emphasizes mathematical rigor as well as economic content. By the end of the course, students will be expected to have developed an ability to forge ahead into advanced topics in microeconomic theory and to read and understand relevant journal articles. the course prepares the economics graduate student for Economics 666 (Spring) and for about one third to a half of the preliminary Examination in Microeconomics.

ECO 666 Microeconomics Theory II

This course continues where ECO 665 leaves off. Topics include: decisions under uncertainty, dominant strategies, Subgame perfect Nash equilibrium and GE under certainty/non-certainty.

ECO 708 Topics in Macroeconomics

This course deals with two of the main topics of current research frontier in macroeconomics: 1) Human capital and economic growth and; 2) Human capital and wage inequality. Each introduces labor economic concept of human capital to explain the trends in the quantity and the distribution of economic output, which many Macroeconomists actively work on. First part of course reviews literature that considers human capital as an important source of economic growth and attempts to quantify its contribution to economic growth and development. The second part focuses on the trends in wage inequality in the U.S. and relates those to human capital theory. The macroeconomic implications of the rising wage inequality are also discussed.

ECO 710 Financial Markets

In this course, we study interesting problems in the analysis and design of market mechanisms with emphasis on financial markets. Possible topics include: static and dynamic asset pricing theory, game theoretical models of finance, empirical asset pricing, corporate finance, comparative study of financial markets, and the financial crisis and its policy implication. We may be also interested in auctions and matching with applications to IO, market design and computer science. The specific topics will be determined at the first class based on students’ interests.

ECO 712 Time Series Analysis

Topics to be covered include: basic concepts in time series analysis, stationary ARMA process, time series regression, co-integration, conditional heteroskedasticity, and the Kalman filter.

ECO 713 Advanced Econometric Methods

Topics to be discussed include: discrete regression models and discriminant analysis, censored and truncated regression models, multivariate qualitative variables, models with self-selectivity, and duration models.

ECO 714 Advanced Econometric Methods

This course is an in-depth study of some select topics in which students will be familiarized with the latest developments after reviewing earlier literature. It is necessarily theoretical, though it keeps applications of the models in proper perspective. Several econometric tolls will be presented which will be potentially useful in preparing doctoral dissertations. The content of this course is part of the material included in the field exam in econometrics.

ECO 721/722 Industrial Organization

The goal of this course is to study industrial organization [IO] from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Industrial organization is the study of how firms compete and interact in different types of markets and under different types of conditions.

ECO 725 Growth Under-developing Economies

Application of contemporary methods of economic analysis to typical and critical problems of poor countries. Depending upon staffing, topics may include: problems of agricultural change and industrial development, organization of markets and risk-sharing, problems of planning, and issues in class and international economic relations.

ECO 743 Economics of the Family

The main topics will include: fertility and quality of children, human capital investment and economic development, marriage & divorce, inter-generational family link, family decision-making, health & longevity.

ECO 751 Monetary Economics

The objective of this course is to provide students with a review or survey of some of the most important issues in monetary economics including how and why changes in money affect macroeconomic variables such as output, income and its distribution, employment, prices, and interest rates.

ECO 752 Monetary Policy

This course focuses on monetary theory and policy. Topics to be discussed include: basics, stylized facts, data sources, and questions; money and inflation; money and asset prices; Fisherian Theory; money and interest rates; segmented markets; money and production; inflation targeting and the Taylor rule; monetary policy and term structures/credit structures; bank regulations; some foundations

ECO 758 Capital Theory

This course will give students a serious understanding of Marxist political economy. Topics to be discusses include: value and surplus value; reproduction and development of productive forces; transfer of surplus and the transformation problem; fractions of capital and capitalist competition; accumulation and crises; the ‘Cambridge’ controversy.

ECO 775 International Economics I

International Economics I is a first semester course studying the theory and policy of real-side trade. It starts with surveys of the classical Ricardian model, neoclassical Heckscher-Ohlin model, and the modern specific-factor model of trade. The duality approach of the modern theory and the trade models with economies of scale are then followed. The policy issues involving tariffs, quotas, voluntary export restraints and anti-dumping actions will also be discussed.

ECO 776 International Economics II

This is a second year graduate course in open economy macroeconomics. First year graduate micro, macro, and math theory are prerequisites. The lectures will focus on developing an analytical framework that can be used to think about real world problems. Students will be expected to develop a good grasp of both analytical tools and relevant policy issues.

ECO 778 Economics of Uncertainty

This course is concerned specifically with predictions about market outcomes when agents are incompletely informed about trading opportunities and interacting with a potential trading partner is costly. Four steps will be taken in this process. Each of them involves the study of specific papers.

ECO 787 Urban Economics

This course explores urban economics and its connections with industrial organization, public finance, international trade and the theory of endogenous growth.  The course focuses on the theory of externalities in an urban context.  Transportation, housing markets, and environmental issues are also studied.

ECO 796 Special Topics: Computational Analysis of Economic Models

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of computation and then the same techniques that are frequently used to solve various types and classes of economic problems.