Course Advice and Courses from Other Programs

For academic year 2014-15:

See the course descriptions for each semester for details on the different Economics courses.
Remember that only Economics courses count towards the Upper Level Course Requirement.

Econometrics

 

Students interested in conducting research in econometrics are strongly advised to take all the 700-level econometrics courses.

Fall Upper Year Courses

 
  • ECON 721-001 Econometrics III [Todd, 1 CU]

Spring Upper Year Courses

 
  • ECON 722-001 Econometrics IV [DiTraglia/Schorfheide, 1 CU]
  • ECON 712-003 Topics in Econometrics [Cheng, .5 CU] (Session 1)

Courses from Other Departments

In addition there are a few courses from the statistics and finance department that complement the departmental econometrics course offering. STAT 530 (Probability), STAT 531 (Stochastic Processes), and STAT 550 (Mathematical Statistics) are foundational courses that cover material that is taught in 705 and 706 and at a deeper level. Other courses focus on specific topics, e.g., STAT 553 (Machine Learning) or STAT 925 (Multivariate Analysis).

A foundational course may be appropriate for a student who feels the need for deepening the understanding of say, probability theory, principles of statistical inference, or stochastic processes before/while engaging in research in econometrics. A topics course may be appropriate for a third-year student who has selected a research area and would like to learn more about a specific subject area that is relevant for her/his research.

Students interested in financial econometrics and asset pricing should strongly consider FNCE 934 (Empirical Methods in Asset Pricing).

 

Empirical Microeconomics

 

Fall Upper Year Courses

 

For all topics:

  • ECON 712-005 Topics in Empirical Micro [Sieg/Todd, 1 CU] [Not counted towards the upper level course requirement.] This course is restricted to students beyond their second year who are working in the area of empirical microeconomics. The course is intended to help students improve their writing and presentation skills as well as the content of their research.
  • ECON 714-001 (session 1) Quantitative Macroeconomic Theory [Fernandez-Villaverde, 0.5 CU] Covers basic computational skills (value function iteration, projection and perturbation methods) including a short section on software engineering for economists and parallel programming.

Public economics and political economy

  • ECON 712-003 Topics in Applied Micro [Fang, 1 CU]

Labor economics (and related courses)

  • ECON 721-001 Econometrics III [Todd, 1 CU]
  • ECON 793-001 Economics of Labor II (Session 1) [Burdett, 0.5 CU]
  • ECON 793-002 Economics of Labor II (Session 2) [Menzio, 0.5 CU]

Industrial Organization

  • ECON 781-001 (session 1) Industrial Organization [Sieg, 1 CU]
  • HCMG 902: Industrial Organization in Health Care [Town].
    This course is offered by Wharton's Health Care Management Department. The course provides an overview of how industrial organization methods are used in health care.
 

Spring Upper Year Courses

 

For all topics

  • ECON 712-009 Topics in Empirical Micro [Sieg, 1 CU] [Not counted towards the upper level course requirement.] This course is restricted to students beyond their second year who are working in the area of empirical microeconomics. The course is intended to help students improve their writing and presentation skills as well as the content of their research. 

Public economics and political economy

  • ECON 751-001 Public Economics II (Session 1) [Garcia-Jimeno, .5 CU]

Labor economics

  • ECON 792-001 Labor Economics [Shephard, 1 CU]

Industrial Organization

  • BEPP 987: Regulatory Policy (Houde). 
    This course applies the numerical techniques to substantive industrial organization questions. Topics covered include demand estimation in a variety of empirical settings (complementary products; durable goods; experience goods; products with switching costs); the detection of collusion; price discrimination; and static entry models and models of industry evolution.

Macroeconomics

 

Fall Upper Year Courses

 

For all topics

  • ECON 714-001 (Session 1) Quantitative Macroeconomic Theory [Fernandez-Villaverde, 0.5 CU]

Macro theory

  • ECON 712-011 (session 1) Search in Macroeconomics [Menzio, 0.5 CU]
  • ECON 712-001 (session 2) Search in Macroeconomics [Burdett, 0.5 CU]
  • ECON 793-001 Economics of Labor II [Burdett, 0.5 CU]
  • ECON 793-002 Economics of Labor II [Menzio, 0.5 CU]

Related courses from other fields

  • ECON 721-001 Econometrics III [Todd, 1 CU]

Spring Upper Year Courses

 

Quantitative macro

  • ECON 712-001 (session 2) Economic Growth [Greenwood, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-005 (session 2) Macro and International Trade [Manovski, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-007 International Macroeconomics with Incomplete Markets and Financial Frictions [Mendoza, 1 CU]
  • ECON 712-008 (session 1) An Introduction to Macroeconomics with Household Heterogeneity [Krueger, 0.5 CU]

Related courses from other fields

  • ECON 722-001 Econometrics IV [DiTraglia and Schorfheide, Spring, 1 CU]
  • ECON 792-001 Economics of Labor I [Shephard, Spring, 1 CU]

 

Microeconomic Theory

 

Fall Upper Year Courses

 
  • ECON 712-004 (session 1) Topics in game theory [Yamamoto, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-010 (session 2) Information acquisition and communication [Matthews, .5 CU]
  • ECON 750-001 (session 1) Public Economics I [Postlewaite, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-008 Dissertation Topics in Economic Theory:A Reading Group [Sandroni, 0.5 CU] [Not counted towards the upper level course requirement.]

 

Spring Upper Year Courses

 
  • ECON 708-001 The Economics of Agency, Information and Incentives [Matthews, 1 CU]
  • ECON 712-002 (session 1) Market Design [Vohra, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-004 (session 2) Topics in Matching and Dynamic Games [Mailath, .5 CU]
  • ECON 712-006 Topics in Learning, Information, and Dynamic Games [Bohren, 1 CU]
  • ECON 712-010 (session 1) Matching [Lee, .5 CU]