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Economics

Economics is a social science that analyzes how people, businesses, and governments make the best of limited resources, and how they make choices when faced with tradeoffs. Microeconomics studies these decision-makers and the markets in which they interact, while macroeconomics studies the workings of the economy as a whole. Economics provides tools for understanding public policy issues like inequality, poverty, education, health, taxes, trade, regulation, and the environment. 

For additional information, please visit the department's website: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Economics/

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ECON 0110. Principles of Economics.

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and terminology, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline. Weekly one-hour conference required (conferences are not held during the summer session).

Fall ECON0110 S01 15968 MWF 9:00-9:50(01) (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C01 15974 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C02 15975 M 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C03 15976 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C04 15977 W 6:00-6:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C05 15978 F 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C06 15979 M 10:00-10:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C07 15980 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C08 15981 T 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C09 15982 T 2:30-3:20 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C10 15983 T 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C11 15984 M 10:00-10:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C12 15985 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C14 15987 T 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C17 15990 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C18 15991 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Fall ECON0110 C19 15992 W 6:00-6:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 S01 24669 MWF 9:00-9:50(02) (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C01 24670 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C02 24671 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C03 24672 F 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C04 24673 M 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C05 24674 W 6:00-6:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C06 24675 M 10:00-10:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C07 24676 M 10:00-10:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C08 24677 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C09 24678 M 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C10 24679 T 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C11 24680 T 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C12 24681 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C13 24682 W 12:00-12:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C14 24683 T 2:30-3:20 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C15 24684 T 2:30-3:20 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C16 24685 T 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C17 24686 T 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C18 24687 M 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C19 24688 W 6:00-6:50 (R. Friedberg)
Spr ECON0110 C20 24689 W 7:00-7:50 (R. Friedberg)
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ECON 0170. Essential Mathematics for Economics.

This course teaches the mathematical skills useful for upper level Economics classes. Emphasis is on acquisition of tools, problem solving, intuition, and applications rather than proofs.

This course satisfies the mathematics requirement for the Economics concentration, but does not serve as a prerequisite for upper level courses in Math, Applied Math, or other departments. Students planning further courses in those areas should take MATH 0100 or MATH 0170 (which also satisfy the Economics concentration requirement) instead. Ideally, ECON 0170 should be taken before ECON 1110, or at least simultaneously.

Spr ECON0170 S01 24926 Arranged (A. Poterack)
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ECON 0180D. The Power of Data (and its Limits).

Open any newspaper, any magazine, any academic journal, you’ll find claims which rely on data. Government policies, economic data, health recommendations – all of these are based on some underlying data analysis. Data used in this context has enormous power, but it also has limits. Understanding these limits is key to using – but not mis-using – the power of data.

This first-year seminar will focus on understanding where data comes from, what we can learn from it, and what the limitations are. The course will emphasize policy-relevant economic and public health applications.

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ECON 0200. 20th Century Political Economy.

This course covers major debates in the 20th century political economy, starting with the Bolshevik Revolution and the Treatise of Versailles. We examine the Great Depression, the New Deal, and Postwar economic planning in the US and UK. We then turn to consider important periods in the second half of the 20th century, including Indian Economic Planning, Bretton Woods, and inflation in the 1970s. The course ends with a consideration of trade, trade deficits, sovereign debt crises, and austerity. The aim is to develop an understanding of both sides of key debates in political economy.

Spr ECON0200 S01 25370 MW 3:00-4:20 (E. Skarbek)
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ECON 0300. Health Disparities.

This seminar will examine the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in health in the United States, and their relationship to economic disparities. Although the course will be taught primarily from an economics perspective, it will draw on literature from sociology, demography and epidemiology. Enrollment determined by lottery.

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ECON 0400. Free Inquiry and the Modern World.

This course will thoroughly investigate the nature of free inquiry and social restraints on public discourse, beginning with Plato and culminating with some contemporary case studies. We will explore ideas concerning freedom of expression and conscience, including the role of the individual, the dissident, and the state. The course will be divided into two parts. In the first part, we'll look at texts -- ancient and modern -- dealing with these issues. In the second part, we turn to case studies, exploring issues which are so contentious that the manner in which they are discussed is subject to various measures of 'political correctness' that potentially amount to restrictions on freedom of inquiry. Priority given to juniors and seniors and at least one prior course in sociology, political science, or philosophy is required.

Spr ECON0400 S01 26332 TTh 9:00-10:20(02) (G. Loury)
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ECON 0510. Development and the International Economy.

A course designed primarily for students who do not plan to concentrate in economics but who seek a basic understanding of the economics of less developed countries, including savings and investment, health and education, agriculture and employment, and interactions with the world economy, including trade, international capital flows, aid, and migration.

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ECON 0520. The Economics of Gender Equality and Development.

This course shows how an economics lens can be useful in understanding disparities in gender outcomes; how these disparities evolve over the development process; why closing gender gaps matters for development; and the roles of public policies and private action. Among the outcomes examined are human capital, access to economic opportunities, and agency or the ability to make choices and take actions. We will use the tools of economics think about how individuals and families make decisions, respond to opportunities generated by markets, and are affected by the parameters outlined by both formal and informal institutions and social norms.

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ECON 0710. Financial Accounting.

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

Fall ECON0710 S01 16172 MW 6:00-7:30(06) (F. Sciuto)
Fall ECON0710 S02 16173 TTh 6:00-7:30(10) (T. Lonardo)
Spr ECON0710 S01 24927 Arranged (F. Sciuto)
Spr ECON0710 S02 24928 TTh 6:00-7:30 (T. Lonardo)
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ECON 0720. Business Fundamentals Bootcamp.

The Brown/Hult business bootcamp introduces students to essential business skills to help navigate the professional world. Taught by expert faculty from Brown and Hult, the immersive, four-week program is designed exclusively for Brown undergraduates and provides a holistic business curriculum through case studies, simulations, interactive lectures, and team pitches that will turn concepts into demonstrable skills. Participants will partner with a company on a case project, and will receive individualized professional coaching and communications training to complement the rigorous business curriculum. This is a residential program based at Hult’s Boston campus at 1 Education Street in Cambridge.

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ECON 1090. Introduction to Game Theory.

This course introduces students to game theory, the study of interactive decision making. Students will learn about major solution concepts, gaining a critical understanding of their meaning and limitations, as well as an ability to compute them. Game theory will then be applied to gain insight into a wide range of issues.

Fall ECON1090 S01 17578 MWF 10:00-10:50(14) (G. De Clippel)
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ECON 1110. Intermediate Microeconomics.

Tools for use in microeconomic analysis, with some public policy applications. Theory of consumer demand, theories of the firm, market behavior, welfare economics, and general equilibrium.

Fall ECON1110 S01 16174 Arranged (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 S02 16175 MWF 10:00-10:50(14) (P. Dal Bo)
Fall ECON1110 C01 17969 T 9:00-10:20 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C02 17970 Th 9:00-10:20 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C03 17971 M 5:30-6:50 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C04 17972 W 5:30-6:50 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C05 17973 T 9:00-10:20 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C06 17974 Th 9:00-10:20 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C07 17975 M 5:30-6:50 (T. Mekonnen)
Fall ECON1110 C08 17976 W 5:30-6:50 (T. Mekonnen)
Spr ECON1110 S01 24930 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (R. Vohra)
Spr ECON1110 S02 24931 TTh 2:30-3:50(10) (R. Vohra)
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ECON 1130. Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical).

Microeconomic theory: Theories of the consumer and firm, competitive equilibrium, factor markets, imperfect competition, game theory, welfare economics, general equilibrium. May not be taken in addition to ECON 1110. The instructor(s) of this course utilize override codes to grant access for registration restrictions rather than the request/wait list feature in C@B. Please reach out to the instructor directly for an override.

Spr ECON1130 S01 24936 TTh 9:00-10:20(01) (R. Vohra)
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ECON 1170. Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory.

Advanced microeconomic theory class for undergraduates. Building on the intermediate microeconomics course, the approach is more formal and mathematically more rigorous, presenting arguments and expecting students to carefully develop techniques in order to understand and produce logical proofs. Topics include the efficiency and coalitional stability properties of markets, as well as other mechanisms to allocate resources. Market failures are discussed, including advanced treatments of externalities, public goods, and asymmetric information. The second part of the course will discuss a number of topics in social choice theory, including different normative criteria of compensation, life and death choices, majority voting, Arrow’s impossibility theorem.

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ECON 1200. History of Economic Thought.

This course covers the history of modern (20th century) economics and economic thinking from the marginal revolution through the first half of the 20th century. The aim will be to develop an understanding of the origin and evolution of central concepts in economic theory, including subjective utility, marginal analysis, competitive markets, examine methodological disputes over positivism and formalism, and the development of general competitive equilibrium. We will consider the emergence of certain subfields in modern economics, and end with a discussion of the relevance of these ideas for economics in the 21st century.

Fall ECON1200 S01 16879 TTh 2:30-3:50(12) (E. Skarbek)
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ECON 1210. Intermediate Macroeconomics.

The economy as a whole: Level and growth of national income, inflation, unemployment, role of government policy.

Fall ECON1210 S01 16178 MWF 10:00-10:50(06) (M. Lancastre)
Fall ECON1210 S02 16179 MWF 1:00-1:50(06) (M. Lancastre)
Fall ECON1210 C01 18241 M 12:00-12:50 (M. Lancastre)
Fall ECON1210 C02 18242 W 12:00-12:50 (M. Lancastre)
Fall ECON1210 C03 18243 F 12:00-12:50 (M. Lancastre)
Spr ECON1210 S01 24937 MWF 12:00-12:50(05) (K. Forrester)
Spr ECON1210 S02 24938 MWF 1:00-1:50(06) (K. Forrester)
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ECON 1225. Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies.

The course is concerned with macroeconomic policy in the US, with special focus on the recent economic crisis. The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the type of models and methods used in current research in macroeconomics both in the scholarly literature but also in the practice of central banks and major policy institutions. Events of the financial crisis and the economic recession of 2007-2009 will serve to illustrate the challenges confronted by macroeconomic analysis.

Spr ECON1225 S01 24940 M 3:00-5:30 (G. Eggertsson)
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ECON 1255. Unemployment: Models and Policies.

This course will cover research topics related to unemployment, focusing on the models used to describe unemployment and the policies used to tackle unemployment. It will address the following questions: Why does unemployment exist? Why does unemployment vary across countries?Why does unemployment vary over time? What is the socially optimal level of unemployment? How should unemployment insurance, monetary policy, and fiscal policy respond to an increase in unemployment during a recession?

Fall ECON1255 S01 17678 Th 4:00-6:30 (P. Michaillat)
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ECON 1300. Education, the Economy and School Reform (EDUC1150).

Interested students must register for EDUC 1150.

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ECON 1301. Economics of Education I.

This course teaches students how to use microeconomics to analyze a broad array of education policy issues. The departure of this course from ECON 1110 is the emphasis on studying microeconomics in applied settings, and in particular, using microeonomic concepts to think about, analyze, and solve policy questions in education.

Spr ECON1301 S01 24941 TTh 9:00-10:20(01) (J. Tyler)
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ECON 1305. Economics of Education: Research.

This course will cover academic research in the Economics of Education. Topics include production of student achievement, measuring student achievement, funding of public education, and school choice and school vouchers.

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ECON 1310. Labor Economics.

Labor supply, human capital, income inequality, discrimination, immigration, unemployment.

Fall ECON1310 S01 16280 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (K. Chay)
Spr ECON1310 S01 24942 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (K. Chay)
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ECON 1315. Health, Education, and Social Policy.

The goal of the course is to help students to use economic theory and modern empirical methodology to think critically about the relative costs and benefits of health and education policies. By the end of the course students should feel comfortable critically evaluating proposals meant to increase human capital through school reforms, increased access to health care, or improved health environments.

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ECON 1340. Economics of Global Warming.

The problem of global warming can be usefully be described with the following simple economic model. We face a tradeoff between current consumption, future consumption, and future climate, have preferences over consumption and future climate and would like to choose our optimal climate/consumption bundle. This course is organized around filling in the details required to make this model useful, characterizing the optimal climate/consumption path suggested by the model, and finally, investigating policies to achieve the optimal path.

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ECON 1350. Environmental Economics and Policy.

This course considers environmental issues through an economic lens. It is loosely arranged around four questions: why are markets so powerful? Why do markets frequently fail to deliver environmental goods? Can markets be harnessed to deliver environmental goods? If so, why don’t we do that?

Spr ECON1350 S01 25309 Arranged (A. Poterack)
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ECON 1355. Environmental Issues in Development Economics.

Examines environmental issues in developing countries, including air and water pollution, land use change, energy use, and the extraction of natural resources. Uses microeconomic models of households and firms, linking household/firm decision-making on environmental issues to choices in labor, land, and product markets. Develops basic empirical techniques through exercises and a project. For readings, relies exclusively on recent research to illustrate the roles of econometrics and economic theory in confronting problems at the nexus of the environment, poverty, and economic development.

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ECON 1360. Health Economics.

This course introduces students to the issues, theory and practice of health economics in the US. Topics include the economic determinants of health, the market for medical care, the market for health insurance and the role of the government in health care. Course work includes data analyses using the program STATA.

Spr ECON1360 S01 26052 TTh 9:00-10:20 (D. Kim)
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ECON 1370. Race and Inequality in the United States.

We examine racial inequality in the United States, focusing on economic, political, social and historical aspects. Topics include urban poverty, employment discrimination, crime and the criminal justice system, affirmative action, immigration, and low wage labor markets. Black/white relations in the US are the principle but not exclusive concern.

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ECON 1375. Inequality of Opportunity in the US.

This course examines empirical evidence on inequality of opportunity in the US. We cover recent work in economics that measures the importance of parents, schools, health care, neighborhoods, income, and race in determining children's long-term labor market success, and implications of these findings for US public policy. We will also place the empirical work in historical and philosophical context and cover a variety of statistical issues.

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ECON 1390. Inequality of Income, Wealth, and Health in the United States.

Inequality of income, wealth, and health, with a focus on the United States. Topics include measurement of inequality, mobility, and poverty; the mapping from individual characteristics to income and wealth; transmission of economic status between generations; the division of national income between capital and labor; factors causing the rise in inequality in the United States since 1980, including technological change and globalization; differential trends in life expectancy, morbidity, and health behaviors among income groups; government policies that impact inequality, including progressive taxation, the minimum wage, support of unionization, public education, and immigration policy; and the political economy of redistributive policies.

Spr ECON1390 S01 26921 MWF 10:00-10:50(03) (D. Weil)
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ECON 1400. The Economics of Mass Media.

The mass media shape our culture and politics but are also shaped by their economic incentives. In this course we will use tools from microeconomics and econometrics to study the effects of mass media on economic, social and political behavior, and to study the factors that shape media content and availability. We will develop implications for business and public policy. Students will complete weekly readings, bi-weekly assignments, a take-home midterm, and a final paper and presentation. Class time will be devoted to a mix of lecture and discussion of readings and lecture topics.

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ECON 1410. Urban Economics.

The first part of the course covers the set of conceptual and mathematical models widely used to understand economic activity both between and within cities. The second part of the course examines various urban policy issues including urban transportation, housing, urban poverty, segregation and crime. The course makes extensive use of empirical evidence taken primarily from the United States.

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ECON 1420. Industrial Organization.

A study of industry structure and firm conduct and its economic/antitrust implications. Theoretical and empirical examinations of strategic firm interactions in oligopolistic markets, dominant firm behaviors, and entry deterrence by incumbents. Also economics of innovation: research and development activities and government patent policies. As well as network effects, and why market share critical mass matters for firm survival in certain markets.

Spr ECON1420 S01 26975 MWF 2:00-2:50(07) (M. Lancastre)
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ECON 1430. The Economics of Social Policy.

This course will cover research topics in the economics of social policy. The course will focus on understanding the context for key social policies in health, education, social welfare and other areas as well as understanding the methods that economists use to generate causal impacts of these policies.

Spr ECON1430 S01 24944 TTh 10:30-11:50(09) (E. Oster)
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ECON 1440. The Economic Analysis of Political Behavior.

Slow economic growth, controversial policy, and over a decade of continuous war have led many to question the extent to which government is a force for the common good. Blame is often assigned to specific politicians or ideological perspectives. Public choice economics instead analyzes the incentive structure within which political decisions take place, seeking to uncover the forces guiding the behavior of voters, legislators, judges, and other political agents. This course will examine the insights and limitations of the public choice perspective in the context of electoral politics, legislation, bureaucracy and regulation, and constitutional rules.

Fall ECON1440 S01 17613 W 3:00-5:30 (D. D'Amico)
Spr ECON1440 S01 26128 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (D. D'Amico)
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ECON 1450. Economic Organizations and Economic Systems.

Positive and normative study of the organizations that comprise and the institutional structures that characterize a modern mixed market economy. Theoretical efficiency and potential limitations of private enterprises and markets including (a) why some market actors are organizations (e.g., companies), (b) effort elicitation problems in organizations, (c) the problem of cooperation in traditional versus behavioral economics, and (d) alternative kinds of organization (including proprietorships, corporations, nonprofits, government agencies). Roles of government, and problems of government failure, including the collective action problem of democracy. State-market balance and contemporary controversies over the economic system in light of the 2008 financial crisis.

Fall ECON1450 S01 17417 TTh 10:30-11:50(13) (L. Putterman)
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ECON 1460. Industrial Organization (Mathematical).

A study of industry structure and firm conduct and its economic/antitrust implications. Theoretical and empirical examinations of strategic firm interactions in oligopolistic markets, dominant firm behaviors, and entry deterrence by incumbents. Also economics of innovation: research and development activities and government patent policies.

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ECON 1465. Antitrust and Competition.

Antitrust law shapes competition through public policy based on economics and economic incentives. In this course we will use tools from microeconomics, econometrics, and industrial organization to learn about Antitrust policy and regulation of competition in the marketplace. We will learn about antitrust through the context of economics and Antitrust cases over the past century. Students will complete weekly readings, and a final paper. Class time will be devoted to a mix of lecture and discussion of readings and lecture topics.

Fall ECON1465 S01 18696 TTh 9:00-10:20(02) (J. Hastings)
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ECON 1470. Bargaining Theory and Applications.

Bargaining theory is emerging as an important area within the general rubric of game theory. Emphasis is on providing a relatively elementary version of the theory in order to make it accessible to a large number of students. Covers introductory concepts in game theory, strategic and axiomatic theories of bargaining and their connections, applications to competitive markets, strikes, etc.

Spr ECON1470 S01 26342 TTh 2:30-3:50(10) (J. Fanning)
Spr ECON1470 C01 26534 M 12:00-12:50 (J. Fanning)
Spr ECON1470 C02 26535 W 12:00-12:50 (J. Fanning)
Spr ECON1470 C03 26536 Arranged (J. Fanning)
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ECON 1480. Public Economics.

This course is an introduction to the economics of the public sector. We will cover theoretical and empirical tools of public economics and apply these tools to a wide range of issues including externalities, public goods, collective choice, social insurance, redistribution and taxation. The course will focus on questions such as: What should government do? How much should governments insure individuals against misfortune? How much should governments redistribute resources from high-income to low-income households? Throughout the course we will emphasize real-world empirical applications rather than hypothetical examples.

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ECON 1486. The Economic Analysis of Political Behavior.

Slow economic growth, controversial policy, and over a decade of continuous war have led many to question the extent to which government is a force for the common good. Blame is often assigned to specific politicians or ideological perspectives. Public choice economics instead analyzes the incentive structure within which political decisions take place, seeking to uncover the forces guiding the behavior of voters, legislators, judges, and other political agents. This course will examine the insights and limitations of the public choice perspective in the context of electoral politics, legislation, bureaucracy and regulation, and constitutional rules.

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ECON 1490. Designing Internet Marketplaces.

How has the digital economy changed market interactions? The goal of this course is to help you think critically, using economic theory, about the future of the digital economy.
What are important economic activities now being conducted digitally?
How has digital implementation of these activities changed economists’ classical views and assumptions?
What are ways in which we can use economics to engineer “better” digital markets?
We will focus on several real-world markets (eg. eBay, Airbnb, Google advertising, Uber, Tinder, TaskRabbit) and topics (eg. market entry, pricing, search, auctions, matching, reputation, peer-to-peer platform design).

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ECON 1500. Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges.

Current Global Macroeconomics Challenges will cover issues that include ageing, the underdeveloped world, child access to medical care, health, education and protection, climate change, decolonization, democracy, ending poverty and increasing food sustainability, human rights and gender equality, migration, oceans and the law of the sea, peace and security, population, refugees, water management, and youth. The course will begin with the development of solid economic models to help explain these phenomena and then will move on to examine the impact of various macroeconomic policies on these issues and whether and how they promote global long-term development.

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ECON 1510. Economic Development.

This course is an introduction to development economics and related policy questions. It discusses the measurement of poverty and inequality; growth; population change; health and education; resource allocation and gender; land and agriculture; and credit, insurance, and savings. The course provides a theoretical framework for the economic analysis of specific problems associated with developing economies, and introduces empirical methods used to evaluate policies aimed at solving these problems. By the end of the class, students will be able to discuss some of the “hot topics” in development, like microfinance, family planning, or the problem of “missing women” in South-East Asia.

Fall ECON1510 S01 16184 MWF 12:00-12:50(15) (A. Weisbrod)
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ECON 1530. Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries.

Microeconomic analysis of household behavior in low income societies emphasizing the economic determinants of health and nutrition and the evaluation of policy. The relationship among health, nutrition, fertility, savings, schooling, labor productivity, wage determination, and gender-based inequality. Emphasizes theoretically-based empirical research.

Fall ECON1530 S01 16279 M 3:00-5:30 (A. Foster)
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ECON 1540. International Trade.

Theory of comparative advantage, trade, and income distribution. Welfare analysis of trade: gains from trade, evaluation of the effects of trade policy instruments-tariffs, quotas, and subsidies. Trade under imperfect competition. Strategic trade policy. Trade, labor markets, preferential trade agreements, and the world trading systems.

Fall ECON1540 S01 16479 M 3:00-5:30 (J. Blaum)
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ECON 1545. Topics in Macroeconomics, Development and International Economics.

This class is a senior seminar that covers selected topics at the intersection of macroeconomics, economic development and international trade. The leading theme of the class is the determinants of the observed cross-country differences in income per capita and growth rates. We will consider a wide range of theories to explain such disparities in economic outcomes, with a special focus on theories that stress problems in financial markets. We will also study the role of wealth inequality. We may also cover structural change, the link between volatility, diversification and development, and selected topics in international trade.

Spr ECON1545 S01 26922 MW 8:30-9:50(02) (J. Blaum)
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ECON 1550. International Finance.

The balance of payments; identification and measurement of surpluses and deficits; international monetary standards; the role of gold and paper money; government policies; free versus fixed exchange rates; international capital movements; war and inflation; the International Monetary Fund.

Spr ECON1550 S02 26333 MWF 10:00-10:50(03) (M. Lancastre)
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ECON 1560. Economic Growth.

A theoretical and empirical examination of economic growth and income differences among countries. Focuses on both the historical experience of countries that are currently rich and the process of catch-up among poor countries. Topics include population growth, accumulation of physical and human capital, technological change, natural resources, income distribution, geography, government, and culture.

Fall ECON1560 S01 17482 TTh 2:30-3:50(12) (D. Weil)
Fall ECON1560 C01 18203 M 1:00-1:50 (D. Weil)
Fall ECON1560 C02 18204 W 1:00-1:50 (D. Weil)
Fall ECON1560 C03 18205 F 1:00-1:50 (D. Weil)
Fall ECON1560 C04 18686 W 8:00PM-8:50PM (D. Weil)
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ECON 1565. Income Inequality.

This course examines the macroeconomic dimensions of income inequality. How much of national income is paid to capital and how much to labor? What determines the gap in wages between workers with different skill levels, as well as variation in wages within skill groups? How have changes in technology, openness to trade, government policy, and the quantities of factors of production contributed to changes in these relative returns? What determines the aggregate quantities of different factors of production as well as their distribution among individuals? How does inequality feed back to affect macroeconomic stability and long term growth?

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ECON 1570. The Economics of Latin Americans.

This course introduces students to the economic study of Latin Americans (both in the US and abroad). Topics include the determinants of economic development, institutions and growth, imperialism, conflict, immigration and discrimination.

Fall ECON1570 S01 16971 TTh 9:00-10:20(02) (P. Dal Bo)
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ECON 1590. The Economy of China since 1949.

This course examines the organization, structure, and performance of the economy of China. Emphasis is placed on the changing economic system including the roles of planning and markets and government economic strategy and policies. The pre-reform period (1949-78) receives attention especially as it influences developments in the market-oriented reform period since 1978. Topics include rural and urban development, industrialization and structural change, rural-urban migration, income inequality and growth, the role of international trade and investment. Both analytical and descriptive methods are used.

Spr ECON1590 S01 25994 TTh 2:30-3:50(10) (L. Putterman)
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ECON 1620. Introduction to Econometrics.

Probability and statistical inference. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Simple and multiple regression analysis. Applications emphasized. Weekly one-hour computer conference required.

Fall ECON1620 S01 16217 TTh 9:00-10:20(02) (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L01 16219 M 8:00-8:50 (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L02 16220 M 12:00-12:50 (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L03 16221 M 7:00-7:50 (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L04 16222 T 12:00-12:50 (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L05 16223 T 4:00-4:50 (B. Knight)
Fall ECON1620 L06 16224 T 9:00PM-9:50PM (B. Knight)
Spr ECON1620 S01 24946 TTh 10:30-11:50(09) (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L01 24947 M 9:00-9:50 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L02 24948 M 12:00-12:50 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L03 24949 M 7:00-7:50 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L04 24950 T 12:00-12:50 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L05 24951 T 4:00-4:50 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON1620 L06 24952 T 9:00PM-9:50PM (S. Michalopoulos)
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ECON 1629. Applied Research Methods for Economists.

This class will cover the basics of applied research in economics. We will cover how we use economic theory to formulate a hypothesis to test and how we use data to test our hypothesis. As part of the coursework, students will be exposed to topics across multiple fields of applied economic research (eg, health, labor, political economy, urban economics, development, etc) that can be explored in greater detail in more advanced classes. Students will read and discuss papers published in professional journals and perform data analysis.

Fall ECON1629 S01 16225 TTh 10:30-11:50(13) (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L01 16227 M 8:00-8:50 (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L02 16228 M 12:00-12:50 (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L03 16229 M 7:00-7:50 (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L04 16230 T 12:00-12:50 (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L05 16231 T 4:00-4:50 (N. Thakral)
Fall ECON1629 L06 18698 T 7:00-7:50 (N. Thakral)
Spr ECON1629 S01 24953 TTh 2:30-3:50(10) (J. Bruhn)
Spr ECON1629 L01 24954 M 8:00-8:50 (J. Bruhn)
Spr ECON1629 L02 24955 M 12:00-12:50 (J. Bruhn)
Spr ECON1629 L03 24956 M 7:00-7:50 (J. Bruhn)
Spr ECON1629 L04 24957 T 12:00-12:50 (J. Bruhn)
Spr ECON1629 L05 24958 T 4:00-4:50 (J. Bruhn)
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ECON 1630. Mathematical Econometrics I.

Advanced introduction to econometrics with applications in finance and economics. How to formulate and test economic questions of interest. The multivariate linear regression model is treated in detail, including tests of the model's underlying assumptions. Other topics include: asymptotic analysis, instrumental variable estimation, and likelihood analysis. Convergence concepts and matrix algebra are used extensively.

Fall ECON1630 S01 16232 TTh 10:30-11:50(13) (A. Norets)
Spr ECON1630 S01 24959 MWF 2:00-2:50(07) 'To Be Arranged'
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ECON 1640. Mathematical Econometrics II.

Continuation of ECON 1630 with an emphasis on econometric modeling and applications. Includes applied topics from labor, finance, and macroeconomics.

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ECON 1650. Financial Econometrics.

Financial time series, for example, asset returns, options and interest rates, possess a number of stylized features that are analyzed using a specific set of econometric models. This course deals with an introduction to such models. It discusses time series models for analyzing asset returns and interest rates, (GARCH) models to explain volatility, models to explain extreme events which are used for the Value at Risk and models for options prices.

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ECON 1660. Big Data.

The spread of information technology has lead to the generation of vast amounts of data on human behavior. This course explores ways to use this data to better understand the societies in which we live. The course weaves together methods from machine learning (OLS, LASSO, trees) and economics (reduced form causal inference, economic theory, structural modeling) to answer real world questions in a sequence of projects. We will use these projects as a backdrop to weigh the importance of causality, precision, and computational efficiency. Knowledge of basic econometrics and programming is assumed.

Fall ECON1660 S02 17508 T 4:00-6:30 (D. Bjorkegren)
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ECON 1670. Advanced Topics in Econometrics.

This class will present advanced topics in Econometrics. The focus will be on cross-sectional methods; the class will start with some basic results needed for any advanced econometrics work, before giving an introduction to asymptotic and identification techniques and concepts, with some applications.

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ECON 1710. Investments I.

The function and operation of asset markets; the determinants of the prices of stocks, bonds, options, and futures; the relations between risk, return, and investment management; the capital asset pricing model, normative portfolio management, and market efficiency.

Fall ECON1710 S01 16233 MWF 11:00-11:50(06) (S. Kuo)
Fall ECON1710 S02 16234 MWF 1:00-1:50(06) (S. Kuo)
Spr ECON1710 S01 24960 MWF 11:00-11:50(04) (S. Kuo)
Spr ECON1710 S02 24961 MWF 1:00-1:50(06) (S. Kuo)
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ECON 1720. Corporate Finance.

A study of theories of decision-making within corporations, with empirical evidence as background. Topics include capital budgeting, risk, securities issuance, capital structure, dividend policy, compensation policy, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and corporate restructuring.

Fall ECON1720 S01 16235 MWF 9:00-9:50(01) (B. Gibbs)
Spr ECON1720 S01 24962 MWF 12:00-12:50(05) (B. Gibbs)
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ECON 1730. Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship.

This course will use a combination of lectures and case discussions to prepare students to make decisions, both as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, regarding the financing of rapidly growing firms. The course will focus on the following five areas:
1. Business valuation
2. Financing
3. Venture Capital Industry
4. Employment
5. Exit

Fall ECON1730 S01 16285 TTh 10:30-11:50(13) (R. La Porta)
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ECON 1740. Mathematical Finance.

The course is an introduction to both the economics and the mathematics of finance. Concentrating on the probabilistic theory of continuous arbitrage pricing of financial derivatives, it provides full treatment of Black-Scholes option pricing and its extensions to the case of stochastic volatility and VIX derivatives. More generally, the techniques of change of measure and risk-neutralization are extensively studied, including in the context of fixed-income securities. Finally, implications for financial econometrics (stochastic volatility processes, models of stochastic discount factors) are briefly discussed.

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ECON 1750. Investments II.

Individual securities: forwards, futures, options and basic derivatives, pricing conditions. Financial markets: main empirical features, equity premium and risk-free rate puzzles, consumption based asset pricing models, stock market participation, international diversification, and topics in behavioral finance.

Fall ECON1750 S01 16274 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (K. Rozen)
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ECON 1760. Financial Institutions.

This course analyzes the role of financial institutions in allocating resources, managing risk, and exerting corporate governance over firms. After studying interest rate determination, the risk and term structure of interest rates, derivatives, and the role of central banks, it takes an international perspective in examining the emergence, operation, and regulation of financial institutions, especially banks.

Fall ECON1760 S01 16275 MWF 1:00-1:50(06) (B. Gibbs)
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ECON 1770. Fixed Income Securities.

The fixed income market is much larger than the stock market in the U.S. Topics covered in this course include basic fixed income securities, term structure, hedging interest rate risk, investment strategies, fixed income derivatives, mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities.

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ECON 1780. Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance.

This advanced, case-based seminar is focused on delving deeply into several key pillars of corporate finance: valuation, financing, cash management, and, importantly, business ethics. We will build upon concepts presented in earlier finance courses, in particular, ECON 1710 and ECON 1720, and will use MBA-level cases to explore in much greater detail several concepts introduced in these classes. This course is rigorous - we will be analyzing at least one case each week and qualitative and quantitative case write-ups will be required throughout the semester, as well as a comprehensive final project. We will have guest speakers throughout the semester.

Spr ECON1780 S01 24963 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (B. Gibbs)
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ECON 1805. Experimental Economics.

There is a growing literature on experimental economics, which sheds light on whether the predictions of economic theory materialize in controlled, laboratory settings. We will start by studying the methodology of experimental economics. We then examine a range of classic and more recent topics that have been taken to the laboratory. Topics of interest will include fairness, bargaining, behavior in games and the impact of repeated interactions, rationality of decision-making, and the impact of communication, among others.

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ECON 1820. Theory of Behavioral Economics.

This course provides a formal introduction to behavioral economics, focusing mostly on individual decision making. For different choice domains, we start by analyzing the behavior implied by benchmark models used by economists (e.g. rational choice, expected utility, exponential discounting). Experimental and empirical evidence is then used to highlight some limitations of these models, and to motivate new models that have been introduced to account for these violations. We will cover, for instance, models of limited attention, non-expected utility, and hyperbolic discounting.

Fall ECON1820 S01 16276 MW 8:30-9:50(01) (G. De Clippel)
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ECON 1825. Behavioral Economics and Public Policy.

This course explores ways that psychological research indicating systematic departures from classical economic assumptions can be translated into formal models that can be incorporated into economics. The course will emphasize careful interpretation and production of new evidence on relevant departures, formalizing this evidence into models that can generate sharp predictions using traditional economic approaches, and exploring implications of those models for public policy.

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ECON 1830. Behavioral Finance.

Over the past several decades, the field of finance has developed a successful paradigm based on the notions that investors and managers are generally rational and that the prices of securities are generally “efficient.” In recent years, however, theoretical and empirical research has shown this paradigm to be insufficient in describing the various features of actual financial markets. In this course we will examine how the insights of behavioral finance complement the traditional paradigm and shed light on the behavior of asset prices, corporate finance, financial crises, and other phenomena.

Spr ECON1830 S01 26869 TTh 10:30-11:50(09) (R. La Porta)
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ECON 1850. Theory of Economic Growth.

Analysis of the fundamental elements that determine economic growth. It examines the role of technological progress, population growth, income inequality, and government policy in the determination of (a) the pattern of economic development within a country, and (b) sustainable differences in per capita income and growth rates across countries.

Spr ECON1850 S01 25983 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (O. Galor)
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ECON 1860. The Theory of General Equilibrium.

Existence and efficiency of equilibria for a competitive economy; comparative statistics; time and uncertainty.

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ECON 1870. Game Theory and Applications to Economics.

Study of the elements of the theory of games. Non-cooperative games. Repeated games. Cooperative games. Applications include bargaining and oligopoly theory.

Fall ECON1870 S01 17396 MW 8:30-9:50(01) (R. Serrano)
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ECON 1960. Honors Tutorial for Economics Majors.

Students intending to write an honors thesis in economics must register for this class. The goal is to help students with the process of identifying and defining feasible topics, investigating relevant background literature, framing hypotheses, and planning the structure of their thesis. Each student must find a thesis advisor with interests related to their topic and plan to enroll in ECON 1970 during the final semester of senior year.

Note this course does not count toward Economics concentration credit.

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ECON 1970. Independent Research.

Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

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ECON 2010. Mathematics for Economists.

Techniques of mathematical analysis useful in economic theory and econometrics. Linear algebra, constrained maximization, difference and differential equations, calculus of variations.

Fall ECON2010 S01 16281 TTh 2:30-3:50(12) (A. Poterack)
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ECON 2020. Applied Economics Analysis.

This course introduces students to basic concepts in software engineering and scientific computing as preparation for conducting frontier research in all fields of economics. Topics in software engineering will include version control, automation, abstraction, parallel processing, and object-oriented programming. Topics in scientific computing and numerical methods will include programming basics, floating-point arithmetic, numerical differentiation and integration, equation-solving, and numerical optimization. Coding will be in Python and applications will focus on topics likely to arise in economics research. Key concepts will be introduced in interactive lectures and reinforced in in-class group work and at-home assignments.

Spr ECON2020 S01 25167 MW 1:00-2:20(06) 'To Be Arranged'
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ECON 2030. Introduction to Econometrics I.

The probabilistic and statistical basis of inference in econometrics.

Fall ECON2030 S01 16282 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (S. Schennach)
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ECON 2040. Econometric Methods.

Applications of mathematical statistics in economics. The nature of economic observations, cross-section and time series analysis, the analysis of variance and regression analysis, problems of estimation.

Spr ECON2040 S01 25168 TTh 10:30-11:50(09) (A. Norets)
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ECON 2050. Microeconomics I.

Decision theory: consumer's and producer's theory; general competitive equilibrium and welfare economics: the Arrow-Debreu-McKenzie model; social choice and implementation.

Fall ECON2050 S01 16283 MW 1:00-2:20(06) (R. Serrano)
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ECON 2060. Microeconomics II.

Economics of imperfect information: expected utility, risk and risk aversion, optimization under uncertainty, moral hazard, and self-selection problems. Economics of imperfect competition: monopoly; price discrimination; monopolistic competition; market structure in single shot, repeated and stage games; and vertical differentiation.

Spr ECON2060 S01 25169 TTh 1:00-2:20(08) (K. Rozen)
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ECON 2070. Macroeconomics I.

Consumption and saving, under both certainty and uncertainty; theory of economic growth; real business cycles; investment; and asset pricing.

Fall ECON2070 S01 16284 MW 10:30-11:50(16) (O. Galor)
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ECON 2080. Macroeconomics II.

Money, inflation, economic fluctuations and nominal rigidities, monetary and fiscal policy, investment, unemployment, and search and coordination failure.

Spr ECON2080 S01 25170 MW 10:30-11:50(03) (G. Eggertsson)
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ECON 2090. Topics in Microeconomics: Decision Theory and Evidence.

Decision theory is the use of axiomatic techniques to understand the observable implications of models of choice. It is central to the incorporation of psychological insights into economics, and provides a vital link between theory and experimental economics. This course covers standard economic models of choice in different domains - choice under risk, choice under uncertainty and intertemporal choice. It looks at key topics from behavioral economics: choice with incomplete information, reference dependent preferences, temptation and self control, the Allais paradox, ambiguity aversion and neuroeconomics. In each case it relates the predictions of theory to experimental data on behavior.

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ECON 2130. Topics in Monetary Economics.

Business cycle analysis with an emphasis on heterogeneous-agent economics and the interaction between business cycles and economic growth.

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ECON 2150. Market Design.

This is a theoretical course in market design, specifically studying the theory and applications of matching. It is designed for students interested in market and mechanism design, and may also be of interest to students interested in utilizing applied theory in their research. The course will begin with an overview of matching markets, but will quickly move to recent advances and open research topics.

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ECON 2160. Risk, Uncertainty, and Information.

Advanced topics in the theories of risk, uncertainty and information, including the following: Decision making under uncertainty: expected and non-expected utility, measures of risk aversion, stochastic dominance. Models with a small number of agents: optimal risk-sharing, the principal-agent paradigm, contracts. Models with a large number of agents: asymmetric information in centralized and decentralized markets. Implementation theory.

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ECON 2170. Applied Economic Theory.

In this course we will survey some classic theoretical papers published post-1980, drawn from a variety of fields in economics. Our emphasis will be on mastering modeling techniques in these papers, with an eye toward applying those techniques to new problems. The papers fall within the broad areas of industrial organization, information economics and the theory of incentives.

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ECON 2180. Game Theory.

Non-cooperative games, dominance, Nash equilibrium, refinements. Cooperative games, core, bargaining set, equilibrium in normal form games. Implementation. Repeated games.

Fall ECON2180 S01 16694 TTh 2:30-3:50(12) (J. Fanning)
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ECON 2190A. Cooperative Game Theory.

No description available.

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ECON 2190B. General Equilibrium Theory.

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ECON 2190C. Topics in Economic Theory.

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ECON 2190D. Topics on Game Theory.

First, we will discuss the several elements that characterize a two-sided matching market and the concept of setwise-stability versus core. Then,we will model several of these markets (one-to-one, many-to-one and many-to-many, in the discrete and continuous cases) under the game-theoretic approach and will define for all of them the stability concept, establishing its relationship with the core and the competitive equilibrium concepts. Afterwards, we will introduce the theory of stable matching model by focusing on both the cooperative and non-cooperative aspects of the one-to-one matching markets.

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ECON 2190E. Topics in Economics: Economics and Psychology.

This course is about the challenges that economic theorists face in their quest for economic models in which decision makers have a "richer psychology" than prescribed by textbook models. The enrichment takes two forms: (i) broadening the set of considerations that affect decision makers' behavior beyond simple, material self-interest; (ii) relaxing the standard assumption that agents have unlimited ability to perceive and analyze economic environments, and that they reason about uncertainty as "Bayesian statisticians". Special emphasis will be put on the implications of "psychologically richer" models on market behavior.

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ECON 2210. Political Economy I.

An introduction to political economy, focusing especially on the political economy of institutions and development. Its purpose is to give a good command of the basic tools of the area and to introduce at least some of the frontier research topics. The readings will be approximately evenly divided between theoretical and empirical approaches.

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ECON 2260. Political Economy I.

This first course in political economy provides theoretical and empirical coverage of the application of economic analysis to political behavior and institutions. This course is designed for students wishing to specialize in political economy but may also be useful for students specializing in related areas, such as development economics and macroeconomics. After starting with a basic overview of candidates and voters, we then turn to specific topics in the areas of electoral systems, legislatures and legislative bargaining, the role of the media, local public finance, and fiscal federalism.

Fall ECON2260 S01 16477 TTh 10:30-11:50(13) (B. Knight)
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ECON 2270. Political Economy II.

This is the second course in the political economy sequence. It continues the theoretical and empirical coverage of the economic analysis to political behavior and institutions. This course is designed for students wishing to specialize in political economy. A variety of topics will be covered paying special attention to the formation of skills necessary to become a producer of research and moving away from being just a consumer.

Spr ECON2270 S01 25171 F 9:30-12:00(02) (P. Dal Bo)
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ECON 2310. Labor Economics.

This course teaches core topics in labor economics including labor supply, labor demand, simple search models, and a series of additional selected topics. The primary focus will be on linking theoretical models to tests in the empirical literature. We will typically cover papers and topics in detail, rather than survey the literature. When required, we also cover tools in applied econometrics.

Fall ECON2310 S01 17511 F 9:00-11:20(14) (M. Pecenco)
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ECON 2320. Applied Methods.

This course examines identification issues in empirical microeconomics. The focus on the sensible application of econometric methods to empirical problems in economics and policy research. The course examines issues that arise when analyzing non-experimental data and provides a guide for tools that are useful for applied research. By the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of the types of research designs and methods that can lead to convincing analysis and be comfortable working with large-scale data sets.

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ECON 2330. Topics in Labor Economics.

The course introduces students to procedures used to extract evidence from data and to perform rigorous causal inference in order to evaluate public policy on issues such as schooling, the return to education and returns on late intervention programs. Econometric methods, such as Instrumental Variable, Matching, Control Functions, Self Selection Models and Discrete Choice as well as Panel Data Methods, are discussed in detail.

Spr ECON2330 S01 25173 W 1:00-3:20(06) (K. Chay)
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ECON 2350. Inequality and Social Policy.

This is a survey course about economic and social inequality with a focus on the applied methods used to examine inequality. The course will provide a broad perspective on the causes and consequences of inequality, develop an understanding of the data and methods used to measure and analyze changes in income and wellbeing, and review selected topics relating to anti-poverty and social policy programs.

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ECON 2350B. Inequality and Public Policies.

This course on economic inequality provides an overview of the most recent empirical research on the extent, the anatomy and the historical evolution of inequality. In addition to these descriptives, it focuses on the causes of inequality, covering research designs from the research frontier. The course also reviews the role of government policies, such as anti-poverty programs and progressive taxes on income and on capital, in affecting inequality.

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ECON 2360. Economics of Health and Population.

This course is designed to do the following three things: 1) build on your knowledge of the methodological problems and approaches in applied microeconomics with applications from the health economics literature; 2) survey the major topics in Health Economics, and 3)better prepare you to write an empirical microeconomics thesis. By the end of this course you should understand how to draw credible inference using non-experimental data and be able to contribute to public policy debates regarding health and medical care in the US.

Spr ECON2360 S01 25816 TTh 9:00-10:20(01) (A. Aizer)
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ECON 2370. Inequality: Theory and Evidence.

This course uses economic theory to study the problems of inequality. The emphasis is two-fold: (1) to explain persistent resource disparities between individuals or social groups; and, (2) to assess the welfare effects of various equality-promoting policies. Topics include racial stereotypes, residential segregation, distributive justice, incentive effects of preferential policies, dysfunctional identity, and endogenous inequality due to the structure of production and exchange.

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ECON 2380. The Economics of Children and Families.

We will consider the current research in economic behavior related to children, child health, and child economic and social well-being. We begin with the model of human capital development and the technology of skill formation and then proceed to empirical work. Individual topics covered will include: models of human capital and the technology of skill formation, the fetal origins of disease, non-marital and teen fertility, the evolution of gaps in human capital, models of parental investment, pre-school environments, the impact of income and in-kind transfer programs on child health and well-being, neighborhood influences, adolescent risky behavior.

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ECON 2410. Urbanization.

The first part of the course covers social interactions, productivity spillovers, systems of cities models, urban growth, and rural-urban migration. The second part of the course covers topics such as durable housing, land market regulation and exclusion, and local political economy. Besides covering basic theoretical models, emphasis is placed on working through recent empirical papers on both the USA and developing countries. Prerequisites: ECON 2050 and 2060.

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ECON 2420. The Structure of Cities.

This course covers standard urban land use theory, urban transportation, sorting across political jurisdictions, hedonics, housing, segregation and crime. Empirical examples are taken primarily from the United States. After taking the course, students will have an understanding of standard urban theory and of empirical evidence on various important applied urban topics. In addition, students will gain practical experience in manipulating spatial data sets and simulating urban models.

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ECON 2450. Exchange Scholar Program.

Fall ECON2450 S01 15468 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
Fall ECON2450 S02 15469 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
Spr ECON2450 S01 24271 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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ECON 2470. Industrial Organization.

The focus of this course will be on empirical models for understanding the interactions between firms and consumers in imperfectly competitive markets. Lectures and problem sets will teach canonical models and methods; class discussion will focus on applications of these methods, especially applications outside of traditional areas of industrial organization. Students who take this class will be prepared to conduct research in industrial organization or to "export" methods from industrial organization to other areas of applied microeconomics.

Fall ECON2470 S01 16505 T 1:00-3:20(08) (J. Shapiro)
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ECON 2480. Public Economics.

Theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of government in private economies. Topics include welfare economics, public goods, externalities, income redistribution, tax revenues, public choice, and fiscal federalism.

Spr ECON2480 S01 25817 MW 9:00-10:20(02) (J. Hastings)
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ECON 2485. Public Economics I.

This course covers core issues in the design of optimal government policies, and the empirical analysis of those policies in the world. In addition, this course will familiarize students with the basic empirical methods and theoretical models in applied microeconomics. Emphasis is placed on connecting theory to data to inform economic policy. Specific topics include efficiency costs and incidence of taxation, income and corporate taxation, optimal tax theory, tax expenditures and tax-based transfer programs, welfare analysis in behavioral models, and social security and retirement policy.

Fall ECON2485 S01 16916 TTh 9:00-10:20(02) (J. Friedman)
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ECON 2490. Public Finance II.

This course examines empirical work on (1) individual taxation and (2) human capital production. The goal of the course will be to provide graduate students with an overview of recent empirical methods and findings in these areas, and to identify promising research questions for their own work.

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ECON 2510. Economic Development I.

This course covers issues related to labor, land, and natural resource markets in developing countries, in partial and general equilibrium settings. Topics covered include: The agricultural household model, under complete and incomplete market assumptions; household and individual labor supply, migration, self-employment, and the informal sector; rental market frictions and sharecropping arrangements; and environmental externalities (e.g., pollution, water usage, etc.), and sustainable development.

Spr ECON2510 S01 25824 MW 10:30-11:50(03) (A. Foster)
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ECON 2520. Economic Development II.

This course deals with the economic analysis of institutions, with a particular focus on community-based institutions in developing countries. Institutions covered in this course includes cooperatives, ROSCAS, networks, marriage and the family.

Fall ECON2520 S01 16831 MW 2:30-3:50(10) (D. Bjorkegren)
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ECON 2530. Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

An introduction to the methodology of experimental economics with an emphasis on experiments designed to illuminate problems in organizational design and emergence of institutions, and experiments investigating the operation of social and social-psychological elements of preference such as altruism, inequality aversion, reciprocity, trust, concern for relative standing, envy, and willingness to punish norm violators. Experiments studied will include ones based on the prisoners' dilemma, dictator game, ultimatum game, and especially the voluntary contribution mechanism (public goods game) and the trust game. Junior and seniors in the APMA-Economics, Math-Economics and CS-Economics may enroll with instructor's permission.

Spr ECON2530 S01 25480 TTh 10:30-11:50(09) (L. Putterman)
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ECON 2580. International Trade.

General equilibrium analysis of the theory of international trade and trade policy under perfect competition; trade under imperfect competition; strategic trade policy; trade and growth; and the political economy of trade policy determination. Empirical analysis of trade theories and policy. Additional topics include the theory of preferential trading areas, trade and labor, and the analytics of trade policy reform.

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ECON 2590. Topics in International Economics.

Advanced theoretical and empirical research topics in international economics emphasizing positive and normative analysis of trade, trade policy and international trading agreements, policy reform and stabilization, exchange rate determination, sovereign debt and currency crises and optimum currency areas.

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ECON 2600. Bayesian and Structural Econometrics.

This course will cover a number of topics in Bayesian econometrics and estimation of structural dynamic discrete choice models. The Bayesian econometrics part of the course will start with introductory textbook material (Geweke, 2005, Contemporary Bayesian Econometrics and Statistics, denoted by G). A list of 11 topics with corresponding readings is given below. Topics 1-5 will be covered. If time permits, a subset of topics 6-11 determined by interests of the course participants will be covered as well. Readings marked with asterisk * are not required.

Spr ECON2600 S01 26051 Th 1:00-3:20(08) (A. Norets)
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ECON 2610. Applied Econometrics.

Topics in applied econometrics. Both cross-sectional and time series issues will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the link between econometric theory and empirical work.

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ECON 2620. Topics in Econometrics.

This course will begin with a survey of the literature on identification using instrumental variables, including identification bounds, conditional moment restrictions, and control function approaches. The next part of class will cover some of the theoretical foundations of machine learning, including regularization and data-driven choice of tuning parameters. We will discuss in some detail the canonical normal means model, Gaussian process priors, (empirical) Bayes estimation, and reproducing kernel Hilbert space norms. We will finally cover some selected additional topics in machine learning, including (deep) neural nets, text as data (topics models), multi-armed bandits, and data visualization.

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ECON 2630. Econometric Theory.

Standard and generalized linear models, simultaneous equations, maximum likelihood, Bayesian inference, panel data, nonlinear models, asymptotic theory, discrete choice, and limited dependent variable models.

Fall ECON2630 S01 17296 M 3:00-5:30 (S. Schennach)
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ECON 2640. Microeconometrics.

Topics in microeconometrics treated from a modern Bayesian perspective. Limited and qualitative dependent variables, selectivity bias, duration models, panel data.

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ECON 2660. Recent Advances in the Generalized Method of Moments.

Method of Moments (GMM) and Empirical Likelihood (EL). Kernel methods for density and regression estimation. Optimal instruments and local EL. Applications to non-linear time series models, Euler equations and asset pricing.

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ECON 2800. Macroeconomic Slack.

This course will cover research topics related to macroeconomic slack, both on the labor market (unemployment) and on the product market (idleness). It will address the following questions:
Why does slack exist at the macroeconomic level?
Why does slack vary over time? And how is this related to price flexibility or rigidity?
What is the socially optimal level of slack?
How should monetary policy respond to fluctuations in slack over the business cycle?
How should fiscal policy respond to fluctuations in slack over the business cycle?
What happens to slack at the zero lower bound?

Fall ECON2800 S01 17370 F 3:00-5:30 (P. Michaillat)
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ECON 2820. Discrete Dynamical Systems and Applicaton to Intertemporal Economics.

This course will focus on the qualitative analysis of discrete dynamical systems and their application for Intertemporal Economics.

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ECON 2830. Economic Growth and Comparative Development.

This course will explore the origins of the vast inequality in income per capita across countries, regions and ethnic groups. It will analyze the determinants of growth process over the entire course of human history and will examine the role of deeply-rooted geographical, institutional, cultural, and genetic factors in the observed pattern of uneven development across the globe.

Spr ECON2830 S01 25367 F 1:30-3:50 (O. Galor)
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ECON 2840. Empirical Analysis of Economic Growth.

Examines economic growth, focusing on the effects of technological change, fertility, income inequality, and government policy.

Fall ECON2840 S01 17483 MW 10:30-11:50(16) (D. Weil)
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ECON 2850. Theory of Innovation-Based Growth.

Issues concerning innovation-based growth theory, including scale effects and effects of research and development versus capital accumulation. Interactions between growth and phenomena such as fluctuations, unemployment, natural resources, competition, regulation, patent policy, and international trade.

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ECON 2860. Comparative Development.

Weighing the shadow of history on contemporary economic performance occupies an increasing part of the agenda among growth and development economists. This course will focus on recent contributions in the literature of the historical determinants of comparative development paying particular attention on how to integrate the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the research inquiry. The goal is to get you thinking about the big historical processes that have shaped the modern world. We will go over background concepts, critically review recent works and talk about new research designs, like that of spatial regression discontinuity.

Spr ECON2860 S01 25328 T 3:00-5:20(10) (S. Michalopoulos)
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ECON 2890C. Topics in Macro and Monetary Economics.

This is a graduate class that covers selected topics at the intersection of macroeconomics and monetary economics, for students in the second year of the PhD and above. The leading theme of the class is the current economic crisis and how it can be modeled. The syllabus is evolving.

Spr ECON2890C S01 25477 Th 4:00-6:30 (G. Eggertsson)
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ECON 2890D. Topics in Macroeconomics, Development and Trade.

This is a graduate class that covers selected topics at the intersection of macroeconomics, economic development and trade, for students in the second year of the PhD and above. The leading theme of the class is the determinants of the observed cross-country differences in income per capita and growth rates, with a focus on the long run. We start by reviewing theories where factor markets function perfectly and only aggregates matter. We then move to non-aggregative theories, placing special emphasis on theories of financial frictions. We spend some time studying the stochastic growth model with partially uninsurable idiosyncratic risk.

Fall ECON2890D S01 17024 MW 1:00-2:20(06) (J. Blaum)
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ECON 2920A. Advanced Econometrics - Microeconometrics from a Semiparametric Perspective.

This course is concerned with a rigorous, state-of-the-art introduction to Micro-econometrics. In particular, we will review many of the more recent contributions in Microeconometric Theory. While the focus of this course is theoretical, we will also be concerned with applications and the applicability of these methods. More specifically, we will consider nonparametric regression and density estimation methods, as well as methods and models for binary and categorial dependent variables, for limited dependent variables in general, and for models of selection. We will also discuss more general nonparametric IV models. Prerequisites are: Introductory Econometrics (at the level of the Wooldridge (2002).

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ECON 2920B. Topics in Game Theory.

No description available.

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ECON 2930. Workshop in Applied Economics.

No description available.

Fall ECON2930 S01 18699 Th 4:00-5:30 (J. Friedman)
Spr ECON2930 S01 26941 Th 4:00-5:30 (D. Bjorkegren)
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ECON 2950. Workshop in Econometrics.

No description available.

Fall ECON2950 S01 18700 T 4:00-5:30 (A. Norets)
Spr ECON2950 S01 26942 T 4:00-5:30 (A. Norets)
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ECON 2960. Workshop in Macroeconomics and Related Topics.

No description available.

Fall ECON2960 S01 18701 W 4:00-5:30 (S. Michalopoulos)
Spr ECON2960 S01 26943 W 4:00-5:30 (P. Michaillat)
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ECON 2970. Workshop in Economic Theory.

No description available.

Fall ECON2970 S01 18702 M 4:00-5:30 (G. De Clippel)
Spr ECON2970 S01 26944 M 4:00-5:30 (R. Serrano)
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ECON 2971. Race and Inequality Seminar.

This is a workshop primarily for graduate students and faculty in the Department of Economics where original research on issues of race and inequality are presented by external visitors, along with Brown faculty and graduate students. No course credit.

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ECON 2980. Reading and Research.

Individual research projects. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.

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ECON 2990. Thesis Preparation.

For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.

Fall ECON2990 S01 15470 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
Spr ECON2990 S01 24272 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'

Chair

Anna Aizer

Professor

Anna Aizer
Professor of Economics

Kenneth Chay
Professor of Economics

Pedro Dal Bo
Professor of Economics

Geoffroy De Clippel
Professor of Economics

Gauti B. Eggertsson
Professor of Economics

Allan Maurice Feldman
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Andrew D. Foster
George S. and Nancy B. Parker Professor of Economics

John N. Friedman
Professor of Economics; Professor of International and Public Affairs

Oded Galor
Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics

Justine Hastings
Professor of Economics; Professor of International and Public Affairs

Peter W. Howitt
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Brian G. Knight
Professor of Economics

Anthony Lancaster
Herbert H. Goldberger Professor Emeritus of Economics

Rafael I. La Porta
Robert and Nancy Carney Professor of Economics

Glenn C. Loury
Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, Professor of International and Public Affairs

Emily F. Oster
Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Economics, Professor of International and Public Affairs

Talbot Page
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Christina Paxson
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Mark M. Pitt
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Louis Putterman
Professor of Economics

Susanne Schennach
Professor of Economics

Roberto Serrano
Harrison S. Kravis University Professor of Economics

Jesse M. Shapiro
Eastman Professor of Political Economy

Matthew A. Turner
Professor of Economics

John H. Tyler
Professor of Education; Professor of Economics

Rajiv Vohra
Ford Foundation Professor of Economics

David N. Weil
James and Meryl Tisch Professor of Economics

Associate Professor

Pascal Michaillat
Associate Professor of Economics

Stelios Michalopoulos
Associate Professor of Economics

Andriy Norets
Associate Professor of Economics

John P. Papay
Associate Professor of Education

Kareen Rozen
Associate Professor of Economics

Assistant Professor

Daniel C. I. Bjorkegren
Assistant Professor of Economics

Joaquin Blaum
Assistant Professor of Economics

Jesse Bruhn
Annenberg Assistant Professor of Education and Economics

Jack A. Fanning
Assistant Professor of Economics

Teddy Mekonnen
Assistant Professor of Economics

Bobby Pakzad-Hurson
Jonathan M. Nelson Assistant Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship

Matthew Pecenco
Assistant Professor of Economics

Bryce Steinberg
IJC Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Neil Thakral
Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Rachel M. Friedberg
Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Economics

Senior Lecturer

Sylvia Kuo
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Lecturer

Daniel J. D'Amico
Lecturer in Economics

Kellie Forrester
Lecturer in Economics

Bradford Martin Gibbs
Lecturer in Economics

Manuel Lancastre
Lecturer in Economics

Alex T. Poterack
Lecturer in Economics

Instructor

Yann Koby
Instructor in Economics

Visiting Scholar

Devesh Rustagi
Visiting Scholar in Economics

Research Associate

Veli Murat Andirin
Research Associate in Economics

Economics

Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, and governments allocate resources to satisfy their objectives. The study of economics helps students understand markets, firms, financial organizations, and public debate about economic policy, including taxation, government expenditure, trade, globalization, health, and welfare. The concentration in Economics prepares students for graduate study in fields such as business and law, for graduate study leading to teaching and research in economics, and can be a stepping-stone to employment in business, finance, non-profit, and government organizations. Students may choose the standard concentration or the business track, both of which have a corresponding professional track. 

Students are required to begin with ECON 0110, an introductory course that stresses the economic problems of our society, and the vocabulary and principles of economic analysis. Intermediate level courses in microeconomics (ECON 1110 or  ECON 1130), macroeconomics (ECON 1210), and econometrics (ECON 1620 followed by ECON 1629 or ECON 1630 ) round out the list of foundation courses for the concentration. Economics students must also fulfill a calculus requirement.

The economics department sponsors a number of concentration options. The most popular is the standard economics concentration, described below. Three additional concentration options are administered jointly with other departments and are described separately under their respective titles. They are the concentrations in applied mathematics–economics,mathematical-economics , and in computer science–economics. The first two are especially recommended for students interested in graduate study in economics.

The department offers many of the required courses in an interdepartmental concentration called Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO). BEO is jointly run by the departments of economics and sociology, and the school of engineering. BEO has three possible "tracks," of which the business economics track is most closely related to economics.  The BEO concentration and all of its current BEO track offerings remain in place through the class of 2023, after which it will be discontinued. Please contact the BEO administrator for more details, including information about advising in that concentration.  A new Business Economics track within the economics concentration is now available to classes of 2020 and beyond. Please see the requirements for this track listed below.

Standard Economics Concentration

ECON 0110Principles of Economics 11
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II1
or ECON 0170 Essential Mathematics for Economics
or a higher-level math course. 2
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
or ECON 1130 Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical)
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1620Introduction to Econometrics1
or MATH 1620 Mathematical Statistics
or APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
ECON 1629Applied Research Methods for Economists1
or ECON 1630 Mathematical Econometrics I
At least five additional 1000-level Economics courses. 35
Total Credits11

Business Economics Track

ECON 0110Principles of Economics 1 1
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II 21
or ECON 0170 Essential Mathematics for Economics
or a higher level math course
ECON 0710Financial Accounting1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
or ECON 1130 Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical)
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1460Industrial Organization (Mathematical)1
ECON 1620Introduction to Econometrics1
or MATH 1620 Mathematical Statistics
or APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
ECON 1629Applied Research Methods for Economists1
or ECON 1630 Mathematical Econometrics I
ECON 1710Investments I1
ECON 1720Corporate Finance1
Two Business Economics electives from the following: 2
Labor Economics
The Economics of Mass Media
Economic Organizations and Economic Systems
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
International Trade
International Finance
Big Data
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship
Mathematical Finance
Investments II
Financial Institutions
Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
Total Credits12

 All concentrators in economics programs are encouraged to consult their concentration advisors regularly. Economics concentrators who wish to study abroad should consult first with the department transfer credit advisor.

Honors

Students who wish to pursue  honors  in economics should consult the department's undergraduate web site to obtain a complete description of the requirements. See the description of Capstone Projects there, as well. Courses taken to prepare an honors thesis are in addition to the regular concentration requirements.

Professional Track 1 

Students wishing to complete the Professional Track for either the standard concentration or the Business Economics track will complete the requirements for the standard/Business Economics track, as well as the following:

Students must complete full-time professional experiences doing work that is related to their concentration programs, totaling 2-6 months, whereby each internship must be at least one month in duration in cases where students choose to do more than one internship experience.  Such work is normally done at a company, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member. Internships that take place between the end of the fall and the start of the spring semesters cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.  On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor. 

On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor:

Applied Mathematics-Economics

The Applied Mathematics-Economics concentration is designed to reflect the mathematical and statistical nature of modern economic theory and empirical research. This concentration has two tracks. The first is the advanced economics track, which is intended to prepare students for graduate study in economics. The second is the mathematical finance track, which is intended to prepare students for graduate study in finance, or for careers in finance or financial engineering. Both tracks have A.B. degree versions and Sc.B. degree versions, as well as a Professional track option. 

Standard Program for the A.B. degree (Advanced Economics track):

Prerequisites:
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Course Requirements:
Applied Mathematics Requirements
(a) 1
APMA 0350
APMA 0360
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
and Applied Partial Differential Equations I 2
2
Select one of the following: 1
Introduction to Scientific Computing (preferred)
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Computing Foundations: Data
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Select one of the following: 1
Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
(b) 1
Select one of the following: 1
Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Applied Dynamical Systems
Statistical Inference II
Computational Probability and Statistics
Monte Carlo Simulation with Applications to Finance
Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Economics Requirements:
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 31
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Two 1000-level courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 42
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
One 1000-level course from the "data methods" group: 41
Economics of Education I
Labor Economics
Health, Education, and Social Policy
Economics of Global Warming
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Health Economics
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
The Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of Social Policy
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
ECON 1825
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
One additional 1000-level economics course. 51
Total Credits13

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree (Advanced Economics track):

Prerequisites:
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Course Requirements:
Applied Mathematics Requirements
(a) 1
APMA 0350
APMA 0360
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
and Applied Partial Differential Equations I 2
2
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Scientific Computing (preferred)
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Computing Foundations: Data
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Select one of the following:1
Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
(b) 1
Select two of the following:2
Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Applied Dynamical Systems
Statistical Inference II
Computational Probability and Statistics
Monte Carlo Simulation with Applications to Finance
Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Economics Requirements:
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 31
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Three 1000-level courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 43
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
One 1000-level course from the "data methods" group: 41
Economics of Education I
Labor Economics
Health, Education, and Social Policy
Economics of Global Warming
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Health Economics
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
The Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of Social Policy
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
ECON 1825
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
Two additional 1000-level economics courses 52
Total Credits16

Standard program for the A.B. degree (Mathematical Finance track):

Prerequisites:
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Course Requirements: 13 Courses: 6 Applied Math and 7 Economics
Applied Mathematics Requirements
(a)
APMA 0350
APMA 0360
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
and Applied Partial Differential Equations I 1
2
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Scientific Computing (preferred)
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Computing Foundations: Data
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
APMA 1200Operations Research: Probabilistic Models1
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
(b)
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Applied Dynamical Systems
Statistical Inference II
Statistical Inference I
Computational Probability and Statistics
Monte Carlo Simulation with Applications to Finance (preferred)
Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Economics Requirements:
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 31
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Select two 1000-level courses from the "financial economics" group: 22
Investments I
Corporate Finance
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship
Investments II
Financial Institutions
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
Select one 1000-level course from the "mathematical economics" group: 21
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
Select one 1000-level course from the "data methods" group: 21
Economics of Education I
Labor Economics
Health, Education, and Social Policy
Economics of Global Warming
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Health Economics
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
The Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of Social Policy
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
ECON 1825
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
Total Credits13

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree (Mathematical Finance track):

Prerequisites:
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Course Requirements: 16 courses: 7 Applied Math and 9 Economics
Applied Mathematics requirements:
(a)
APMA 0350
APMA 0360
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
and Applied Partial Differential Equations I 1
2
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Scientific Computing (preferred)
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Computing Foundations: Data
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
APMA 1200Operations Research: Probabilistic Models1
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
(b)
Select two of the following:2
Introduction to Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
Operations Research: Deterministic Models
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Applied Dynamical Systems
Statistical Inference II
Computational Probability and Statistics
Monte Carlo Simulation with Applications to Finance (preferred)
Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Economics Requirements:
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 31
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Select three 1000-level courses from the "financial economics" group: 23
Investments I
Corporate Finance
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship
Investments II
Financial Institutions
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
Select two 1000-level courses from the "mathematical economics" group: 22
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
Select one 1000-level course from the "data methods" group: 21
Economics of Education I
Labor Economics
Health, Education, and Social Policy
Economics of Global Warming
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Health Economics
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
The Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of Social Policy
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
ECON 1765
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy
ECON 1825
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
ECON 1830
Behavioral Finance
Total Credits16

Honors and Capstone Requirement

Admission to candidacy for honors in the concentration is granted on the following basis: 3.7 GPA for Economics courses, and a 3.5 GPA overall.  To graduate with honors, a student must write an honors thesis in the senior year following the procedures specified by the concentration (see Economics Department website). 

Professional Track

The requirements for the professional track include all those of the standard track, as well as the following:

Students must complete two two-to-four month full-time professional experiences, doing work that is related to their concentration programs.  Such work is normally done within an industrial organization, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member. 

On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience addressing the following prompts, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor:

  • Which courses were put to use in your summer's work?  Which topics, in particular, were important?
  • In retrospect, which courses should you have taken before embarking on your summer experience?  What are the topics from these courses that would have helped you over the summer if you had been more familiar with them?
  • Are there topics you should have been familiar with in preparation for your summer experience, but are not taught at Brown?  What are these topics?
  • What did you learn from the experience that probably could not have been picked up from course work?
  • Is the sort of work you did over the summer something you would like to continue doing once you graduate? Explain.
  • Would you recommend your summer experience to other Brown students? Explain.

Computer Science-Economics

The joint Computer Science-Economics concentration exposes students to the theoretical and practical connections between computer science and economics. It prepares students for professional careers that incorporate aspects of economics and computer technology and for academic careers conducting research in areas that emphasize the overlap between the two fields. Concentrators may choose to pursue either the A.B. or the Sc.B. degree. While the A.B. degree allows students to explore the two disciplines by taking advanced courses in both departments, its smaller number of required courses is compatible with a liberal education. The Sc.B. degree achieves greater depth in both computer science and economics by requiring more courses, and it offers students the opportunity to creatively integrate both disciplines through a design requirement. In addition to courses in economics, computer science, and applied mathematics, all concentrators must fulfill the Computer Science department's writing requirement by passing a course that involves significant expository writing. 

Standard Program for the Sc.B. degree.

Prerequisites (3 courses):
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Honors Linear Algebra
Coding the Matrix: An Introduction to Linear Algebra for Computer Science
Principles of Economics
Required Courses: 17 courses: 8 Computer Science, 8 Economics, and a Capstone
CSCI 1450Probability for Computing and Data Analysis 11
or APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
Select one of the following Series:2
Series A
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
and Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
Series B
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
and Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Series C
Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science (and an additional CS course not otherwise used to satisfy a concentration requirement; this course may be CSCI 0180, an intermediate-level CS course, or a 1000-level course.)
Series D 2
Computing Foundations: Data
and Computing Foundations: Program Organization
and Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Two of the following intermediate courses, one of which must be math-oriented and one systems-oriented.2
Introduction to Discrete Structures and Probability (math)
Introduction to Software Engineering (systems)
Introduction to Computer Systems (systems)
Fundamentals of Computer Systems
Theory of Computation (math) 3
A pair of 1000-level CS courses that, along with the intermediate courses and math courses, satisfy one of the CS Pathways. 42
An additional CS course that is either at the 1000-level or is an intermediate course not already used to satisfy concentration requirements. CSCI 1450 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.1
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 51
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Three courses from the "mathematical economics" group (CSCI 1951K can be counted as one of them, if it has not been used to satisfy the computer science requirements of the concentration and if the student has taken either ECON 1470 or ECON 1870):3
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
and any graduate Economics course
Two additional 1000-level Economics courses excluding 1620, 1960, 1970 62
One capstone course in either CS or Economics: a one-semester course, normally taken in the student's last semester undergraduate year, in which the student (or group of students) use a significant portion of their undergraduate education, broadly interpreted, in studying some current topic (preferably at the intersection of computer science and economics) in depth, to produce a culminating artifact such as a paper or software project. A senior thesis, which involved two semesters of work, may count as a capstone. 71
Total Credits17

Standard Program for the A.B. degree:

Prerequisites (3 courses):
Introductory Calculus, Part II
Linear Algebra
Honors Linear Algebra
Coding the Matrix: An Introduction to Linear Algebra for Computer Science
Principles of Economics
Required Courses: 13 courses: 7 Computer Science and 6 Economics
CSCI 1450Probability for Computing and Data Analysis1
or APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
or APMA 1655 Statistical Inference I
Select one of the following series:2
Series A
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
and Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
Series B
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
and Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Series C
Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science (and an additional CS course not otherwise used to satisfy a concentration requirement; this course may be CSCI 0180, an intermediate-level course, or a 1000-level course)
Series D 1
Computing Foundations: Data
and Computing Foundations: Program Organization
and Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Two of the following intermediate courses, one of which must be math-oriented and one systems-oriented:2
Introduction to Discrete Structures and Probability (math)
Introduction to Software Engineering (systems)
Introduction to Computer Systems (systems)
Health Disparities
Theory of Computation (math)
Two additional CS courses; at least one must be at the 1000-level. The other must either be at the 1000-level or be an intermediate course not already used to satisfy concentration requirements. CSCI 1450 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.2
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 21
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Three courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 33
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
or any graduate Economics course 4
Total Credits13

Honors

Students who meet stated requirements are eligible to write an honors thesis in their senior year.  Students should consult the listed honors requirements of whichever of the two departments their primary thesis advisor belongs to, at the respective departments' websites.

Professional Track

The requirements for the professional track include all those of the standard track, as well as the following:

Students must complete full-time professional experiences doing work that is related to their concentration programs, totaling 2-6 months, whereby each internship must be at least one month in duration in cases where students choose to do more than one internship experience. Such work is normally done at a company, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member.

On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience addressing the following prompts, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor:

  • Which courses were put to use in your summer's work? Which topics, in particular, were important?
  • In retrospect, which courses should you have taken before embarking on your summer experience? What are the topics from these courses that would have helped you over the summer if you had been more familiar with them?
  • Are there topics you should have been familiar with in preparation for your summer experience, but are not taught at Brown? What are these topics?
  • What did you learn from the experience that probably could not have been picked up from course work?
  • Is the sort of work you did over the summer something you would like to continue doing once you graduate? Explain.
  • Would you recommend your summer experience to other Brown students? Explain.

Mathematics-Economics

The Mathematics Economics concentration is designed to give a background in economic theory plus the mathematical tools needed to analyze and develop additional theoretical constructions. The emphasis is on the abstract theory itself. Students may choose either the standard or the professional track, both award a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Standard Mathematics-Economics Concentration 

Economics
ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 11
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Two courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 22
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Industrial Organization (Mathematical)
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Investments II
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
One course from the "data methods" group: 21
Economics of Education I
Economics of Education: Research
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Urban Economics
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Financial Econometrics
Big Data
Two additional 1000-level economics courses 32
Mathematics
Calculus: MATH 0180 or higher1
Linnear Algebra - one of the following:1
Linear Algebra
Honors Linear Algebra
Probability Theory - one of the following:1
Probability
Mathematical Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Analysis - one of the following:1
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Functions of Several Variables
Functions Of Several Variables
Differential Equations - one of the following:1
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
One additional course from the Probability, Analysis, and Differential Equations courses listed above1
Total Credits14

Honors and Capstone Requirement:

Admission to candidacy for honors in the concentration is granted on the following basis: 3.7 GPA for Economics courses, and 3.5 GPA overall.  To graduate with honors, a student must write an honors thesis in senior year following the procedures specified by the concentration (see Economics Department website). 

Professional Track 

The requirements for the professional track include all those of the standard track, as well as the following:

Students must complete two two-to-four month full-time professional experiences, doing work that is relevant to their concentration programs.  Such work is normally done within an industrial organization, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member.

On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience addressing the following prompts, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor:

  • Which courses were put to use in your summer's work? Which topics, in particular, were important?
  • In retrospect, which courses should you have taken before embarking on your summer experience? What are the topics from these courses that would have helped you over the summer if you had been more familiar with them?
  • Are there topics you should have been familiar with in preparation for your summer experience, but are not taught at Brown? What are these topics?
  • What did you learn from the experience that probably could not have been picked up from course work?
  • Is the sort of work you did over the summer something you would like to continue doing once you graduate? Explain.
  • Would you recommend your summer experience to other Brown students? Explain.

Behavioral Decision Sciences

Leading to a Bachelor of Arts, the study of decision making at Brown covers descriptive questions like how people, institutions, and nations make judgments and decisions; normative questions about rationality, such as what constitutes the best judgments and decisions; and prescriptive questions, such as how the process of decision making can be improved to make actual decisions closer to optimal ones. By virtue of its broad interdisciplinary nature, the study of decision making covers work found in a variety of more traditional disciplines including psychology, cognitive science, economics, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience. Professor Steven Sloman is the concentration advisor. Upon declaring, concentrators are also encouraged to speak with the appropriate area specialist from among those listed here.

Standard Program for the AB Degree

CLPS Classes:
CLPS 0220Making Decisions1
Choose one of the following:1
Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Cognition
Social Psychology
Choose two of the following:2
Mechanisms of Motivated Decision Making
Affective Neuroscience
Psychology in Business and Economics
The Moral Brain
The Psychology and Philosophy of Happiness
Distribution Requirements:
Select one Introductory Course from the following: 1
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving 1
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science
Select Two Advanced Courses From:2
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical)
Big Data
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
Decision Theory: Foundations and Applications
Methods Classes:
Choose One From the Following:1
Essential Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Methods
Data Fluency for All
Probability for Computing and Data Analysis
Introduction to Econometrics
Plus One of the Following:1
Laboratory in Social Cognition
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science 1
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction 1
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics I
Logic
Electives: 3
Students will choose three additional courses in consultation with a concentration advisor that will constitute an integrated specialization in some area of decision science. Any advanced course taught at Brown is eligible. Such courses might include, but are not limited to:
Psychology and Cognitive Science
Introduction to programming
Introduction to Programming for the Mind, Brain and Behavior
Pragmatics
Directed Reading in Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Economics:
Theory of Behavioral Economics
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
Applied Mathematics:
Introduction to Modelling
Computational Probability and Statistics
Theory of Probability II
Neural Dynamics: Theory and Modeling
Philosophy:
Moral Philosophy
Moral Theories
Epistemology
Computer Science:
Computer Vision
Computational Linguistics
Data Science
Political Science:
Polarized Politics
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Public Health:
PHP 1740
Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Interventions
Capstone:1
Fall seminar in which students write an integrative paper or do a project covering their areas of study in their senior year.
Total Credits13

Students will be expected to take no more than 6 courses below the 1000-level within the concentration.  Students with multiple concentrations may not apply more than 2 courses from a second concentration to the AB in Behavioral Decision Sciences.  No more than 2 courses can be transferred from another institution to count toward concentration credit.

Honors

The Honors Program in BDS gives undergraduates a special opportunity to carry out a research project under the direction of a faculty member that they have developed a relationship with.  The program also provides the opportunity for senior concentrators to receive their undergraduate degree with Honors.  Participation in the program allows students to develop an understanding of research and acquire research skills and background.

Candidates for Honors in BDS must meet all of the requirements of the BDS concentration as described above.  Candidates submit their application for the program at the beginning of semester 7.  We encourage students to seek out a faculty mentor prior to semester 7 and to complete their methods courses and two of their three electives before semester 7. Please refer to the CLPS Honors Program page for detailed information about the specific requirements for the Honors Program in BDS.  

Economics

The department of Economics offers a graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Ph.D. students can earn the A.M. on the way to the Ph.D. or can receive the A.M. if they choose not to complete the Ph.D. program. The A.M. requires passing eight courses in the areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. Effective the 2020-21 academic year the department will also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Economics to select cohort of students working as Research Associates within Economics.

For more information on admission and program requirements, please visit the following website:

http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/economics