Economics

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Courses

For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2014–15, please contact the department for more information.

Lower Division

1. Principles of Microeconomics (4)

Introduction to the study of the economic system. Course will introduce the standard economic models used to examine how individuals and firms make decisions in perfectly competitive markets, and how these decisions affect supply and demand in output markets.

2. Market Imperfections and Policy (4)

Analysis of monopoly and imperfectly competitive markets, market imperfections and the role of government. Prerequisites: Econ 1.

3. Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

Introductory macroeconomics: unemployment, inflation, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisites: Econ 1.

4. Financial Accounting (4)

(Cross-listed with MGT 4.) Recording, organizing, and communicating financial information relating to business entities. Credit not allowed for both Econ 4 and MGT 4.

87. Freshman Seminar (1)

The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen. May be repeated when course topics vary. (P/NP grades only.)

Upper Division

100A. Microeconomics A (4)

Economic analysis of household determination of the demand for goods and services, consumption/saving decisions, and the supply of labor. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH.

100B. Microeconomics B (4)

Analysis of firms’ production and costs, the supply of output and demand factors of production. Analysis of perfectly competitive markets. Prerequisites: Econ 100A.

100C. Microeconomics C (4)

Analysis of the effects of imperfect market structure, strategy, and imperfect information. Prerequisites: Econ 100B.

100AH. Honors Microeconomics A (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 100A. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 100A or after successful completion of Econ 100A with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

100BH. Honors Microeconomics B (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 100B. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 100B or after successful completion of Econ 100B with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

100CH. Honors Microeconomics C (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 100C. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 100C or after successful completion of Econ 100C with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

101. International Trade (4)

Examines theories of international trade in goods and services and relates the insights to empirical evidence. Explains international trade at the level of industries and firms and analyzes the consequences of trade for resource allocation, welfare, and the income distribution. Discusses sources of comparative advantage, motives for trade policies, and the effects of trade barriers and trading blocs on welfare and incomes. Prerequisites: Econ 100B or 102.

102. Globalization (4)

Presents theories of global economic integration, grounded in the principle of comparative advantage. Investigates patterns of trade when trade is balanced and capital flows when trade is not balanced. Assesses the consequences of global economic integration and economic policies for industry location, incomes, welfare and economic growth, and studies goods, services and sovereign debt markets. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 2 or 3 or 100B.

103. International Monetary Relations (4)

Analyzes exchange rates and the current account. Relates their joint determination to financial markets and the real-side macroeconomy using international macroeconomic models and presents empirical regularities. Discusses macroeconomic policies under different exchange rate regimes and implications for financial stability and current account sustainability. Prerequisites: Econ 102 or 110B or 173A.

104. Economics of Network Industries (4)

Economics of industries with network effects such as telecommunications, internet, software, and airlines. Analysis of standards, complementarities, switching costs, economies of scale, and optimal price setting in the presence of network effects. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

105. Industrial Organization and Firm Strategy (4)

Theory of monopoly and oligopoly pricing, price discrimination, durable goods pricing, cartel behavior, price wars, strategic entry barriers, mergers, pro- and anti-competitive restraints on business. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

107. Economic Regulation and Antitrust Policy (4)

Detailed treatment of antitrust policy: Sherman Act, price fixing, collusive practices, predatory pricing, price discrimination, double marginalization, exclusive territories, resale price maintenance, refusal to deal, and foreclosure. Theory of regulation and regulatory experience in electrical utilities, oil, telecommunications, broadcasting, etc. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100B; and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH.

109. Game Theory (4)

Introduction to game theory. Analysis of people’s decisions when the consequences of the decisions depend on what other people do. This course features applications in economics, political science, and law. Prerequisites: Econ 100C or Math 31CH or Math 109 or (CSE 20 and Math 20 C).

110A. Macroeconomics A (4)

Analysis of the determination of long run growth and models of the determination of output, interest rates, and the price level. Analysis of inflation, unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and Econ 3 and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH.

110B. Macroeconomics B (4)

Analysis of the determination of consumption spending at the aggregate level; extension of the basic macro model to include exchange rates and international trade; the aggregate money supply, and the business cycle. Prerequisites: Econ 110A.

110AH. Honors Macroeconomics A (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 110A. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 110A or after successful completion of Econ 110A with A–or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

110BH. Honors Macroeconomics B (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 110B. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 110B or after successful completion of Econ 110B with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

111. Monetary Economics (4)

Financial structure of the US economy. Bank behavior. Monetary control. Prerequisites: Econ 3 and Math 10A or 20A.

113. Mathematical Economics (4)

Mathematical concepts and techniques used in advanced economic analysis; applications to selected aspects of economic theory. Prerequisites: Econ 100C; or Math 140A or Math 142A.

114. Economics of Immigration (4)

Impact of immigration on the US economy. Empirical evidence on the labor market and fiscal impacts of immigration. Consequences of US immigration policies on the economy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 3.

116. Economic Development (4)

Introduction to the economics of less developed countries, covering their international trade, human resources, urbanization, agriculture, income distribution, political economy, and environment. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100B.

117. Economic Growth (4)

Models of the economic growth of developed economies. Prerequisites: Econ 100A .

118. Law and Economics: Torts, Property, and Crime (4)

Uses economic theory to evaluate the economic effects of US law in several legal fields, including tort law (accidents), products liability law, property law, criminal law (law enforcement), and litigation. Also considers risk bearing and why people buy insurance. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A; and Math 10A or 20A.

119. Law and Economics: Contracts and Corporations (4)

This course asks how firms are organized and why the corporate form dominates, how corporations are governed and the distortions that result, when firms borrow and how they deal with financial distress and bankruptcy. The course will present basic legal doctrines in corporate law, contract law, debtor-creditor law, and bankruptcy, and use economic models to analyze whether and when these doctrines promote economically efficient behavior. Prerequisites: Econ 2 and Math 10A or 20A.

120A. Econometrics A (4)

Probability and statistics used in economics. Probability and sampling theory, statistical inference, and use of spreadsheets. Credit not allowed for Econ 120A and any of the following: ECE 109; Math 180A; Math183; Math 186. Prerequisites: Econ 1; and Math 10C or 20C.

120B. Econometrics B (4)

Basic econometric methods, including the linear regression, hypothesis testing, quantifying uncertainty using confidence intervals, and distinguishing correlation from causality. Credit not allowed for both Econ 120B and Math 181B. Prerequisites: Econ 120A or ECE 109 or Math 180A or Math 183 or Math 186.

120C. Econometrics C (4)

Advanced econometric methods: estimation of linear regression models with endogeneity, economic methods designed for panel data sets, estimation of discrete choice models, time series analysis, and estimation in the presence of autocorrelated and heterskedastic errors. Prerequisites: Econ 120B or Math 181B.

120AH. Honors Econometrics A (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 120A. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 120A or after successful completion of Econ 120A with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

120BH. Honors Econometrics B (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 120B. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 120B or after successful completion of Econ 120B with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

120CH. Honors Econometrics C (1)

Honors sequence expanding on the material taught in Econ 120C. Major GPA of 3.5 or better required. May be taken concurrently with Econ 120C or after successful completion of Econ 120C with A– or better or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to majors in the department. Prerequisites: department approval required.

121. Applied Econometrics (4)

Application of econometric methods to such areas as labor supply, human capital, and financial time series. Concurrent enrollment in Econ 120C is permitted. Prerequisites: Econ 120C.

125. Demographic Analysis and Forecasting (4)

Interaction between economic forces and demographic changes are considered, as are demographic composition and analysis; fertility, mortality, and migration processes and trends. Course emphasizes the creation, evaluation, and interpretation of forecasts for states, regions, and subcounty areas. Econ 178 is recommended. Prerequisites: Econ 120B or Math 181B.

130. Public Policy (4)

Course uses basic microeconomic tools to discuss a wide variety of public issues, including the war on drugs, global warming, natural resources, health care and safety regulation. Appropriate for majors who have not completed Econ 100A-B-C and students from other departments. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

131. Economics of the Environment (4)

Environmental issues from an economic perspective. Relation of the environment to economic growth. Management of natural resources, such as forest and fresh water. Policies on air, water, and toxic waste pollution. International issues such as ozone depletion and sustainable development. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

132. Energy Economics (4)

Energy from an economic perspective. Fuel cycles for coal, hydro, nuclear, oil, and solar energy. Emphasis on efficiency and control of pollution. Comparison of energy use across sectors and across countries. Global warming. Role of energy in the international economy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and (Econ 2 or 3 or 100A or 131 or ESYS 103 or MAE 124) and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH.

133. International Environmental Agreements (4)

Addresses environmental issues that transcend national boundaries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, over-fishing. Examines why international agreements are required, how they are negotiated and implemented, and studies their effectiveness. Explores whether more effective environmental treaties could be designed. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

135. Urban Economics (4)

(Cross-listed with USP 102.) Economic analysis of why cities develop, patterns of land use in cities, why cities suburbanize, and the pattern of urban commuting. The course also examines problems of urban congestion, air pollution, zoning, poverty, crime, and discusses public policies to deal with them. Credit not allowed for both Econ 135 and USP 102. Prerequisites: Econ 2 ; and Math 10A or 20A.

136. Human Resources (4)

A practical yet theory-based study of the firm’s role in managing workers, including issues related to hiring, education and training, promotions, layoffs and buyouts, and the overarching role that worker compensation plays in all of these. Prerequisites: Econ 100B.

139. Labor Economics (4)

Theoretical and empirical analysis of labor markets. Topics include: labor supply, labor demand, human capital investment, wage inequality, labor mobility, immigration, labor market discrimination, labor unions and unemployment. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100B.

140. Economics of Health Producers (4)

Provides an overview of the physician, hospital, and pharmaceutical segments of the health sector. Uses models of physician behavior, for-profit and nonprofit institutions to understand the trade-offs facing health-sector regulators and the administrators of public and private insurance arrangements. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100B.

141. Economics of Health Consumers (4)

Demand for health care and health insurance, employer-provision of health insurance and impact on wages and job changes. Cross-country comparisons of health systems. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

142. Behavioral Economics (4)

Course will study economic models in which standard economic rationality assumptions are combined with psychologically plausible assumptions on behavior. We consider whether the new models improve ability to predict and understand phenomena including altruism, trust and reciprocity, procrastination, and self-control. Prerequisites: Econ 109.

143. Experimental Economics (4)

Explore use of experiments to study individual and interactive (strategic) decision-making. Topics may include choice over risky alternatives, altruism and reciprocity, allocation and information aggregation in competitive markets, cooperation and collusion, bidding in auctions, strategy in coordination and “outguessing” games. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

144. Economics of Conservation (4)

Examines conservation of biodiversity from an economic perspective. Topics include valuing biodiversity, defining successful conservation, and evaluating the cost effectiveness of policies such as conservation payments, ecotourism, and privatization. Emphasis on forests, coral reefs, elephants, tigers, and sea turtles. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

145. Economics of Ocean Resources (4)

Economic issues associated with oceans. Economics of managing renewable resources in the oceans, with an emphasis on fisheries, economics of conservation and biodiversity preservation for living marine resources, with an emphasis on whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and coral reefs. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

146. Economic Stabilization (4)

Theory of business cycles and techniques used by governments to stabilize an economy. Discussion of recent economic experience. Prerequisites: Econ 110B.

147. Economics of Education (4)

Examination of issues in education using theoretical and empirical approaches from economics. Analysis of decisions to invest in education. Consideration of various market structures in education, including school choice and school finance programs. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A; and Econ 120B or Math 181B.

150. Public Economics: Taxation (4)

Overview of the existing national tax structure in the United States, its effects on individual and firm decisions, and the resulting efficiency costs and distributional consequences. The course concludes with an examination of several commonly proposed tax reforms. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

151. Public Economics: Expenditures I (4)

Overview of the public sector in the US and the scope of government intervention in economic life. Theory of public goods and externalities. Discussion of specific expenditure programs such as education and national defense. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

152. Public Economics: Expenditures II (4)

Overview of the public sector in the US and the justifications for government intervention in economic life. Theory of income redistribution and social insurance. Applications to current policy in such areas as health insurance, welfare, unemployment insurance, and Social Security. Prerequisites: Econ 100C.

158. Economic History of the United States I (4)

(Cross-listed with HIUS 140.) The United States as a raw materials producer, as an agrarian society, and as an industrial nation. Emphasis on the logic of the growth process, the social and political tensions accompanying expansion, and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century transformations of American capitalism. Credit not allowed for both Econ 158 and HIUS 140. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

159. Economic History of the United States II (4)

(Cross-listed with HIUS 141.) The United States as a modern industrial nation. Emphasis on the logic of the growth process, the social and political tensions accompanying expansion, and twentieth-century transformations of American capitalism. Credit not allowed for both Econ 159 and HIUS 141. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

161. Global Integration of Latin America (4)

Examines the integration of Latin American and Caribbean countries into the global economy. Topics include trade in agricultural and manufactured goods, regional trade agreements, international capital flows to Latin America, financial vulnerabilities, and policy responses. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 3.

162. Economics of Mexico (4)

Survey of the Mexican economy. Topics such as economic growth, business cycles, saving-investment balance, financial markets, fiscal and monetary policy, labor markets, industrial structure, international trade, and agricultural policy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 3.

163. Japanese Economy (4)

Survey of the Japanese economy. Economic growth, business cycles, saving-investment balance, financial markets, fiscal and monetary policy, labor markets, industrial structure, international trade, and agricultural policy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 3.

165. Middle East Economics (4)

Socioeconomic development in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey. Historical perspective; international trade and fuel resources; education, health, and gender gaps; unemployment and migration; population and environment; Islam and democracy. Prerequisites: Econ 1 and 3.

166. Economics of Southeast Asia (4)

Long-run economic development and current economic issues of Southeast Asia. Topics include: economic growth, industrialization, financial development, demography, human capital and labor, inequality and poverty, corporate sector, institutions, and government. Designed to teach how to apply economics to the real world, with examples and case studies from Southeast Asian economies. Will start with general economic frameworks then use them to discuss issues from countries in Southeast Asia. Prerequisites: Econ 110B.

171. Decisions Under Uncertainty (4)

Decision making when the consequences are uncertain. Decision trees, payoff tables, decision criteria, expected utility theory, risk aversion, sample information. Prerequisites: Econ 100A and Econ 120A or ECE 109 or Math 180A or Math 183 or Math 186.

172A. Operations Research A (4)

Linear and integer programming, elements of zero-sum, two-person game theory, and specific combinatorial algorithms. Credit not allowed for both Econ 172A and Math 171A. Prerequisites: Econ 100A; and Econ 120A or ECE 109 or Math 180A or Math 183 or Math 186; and Math 20F.

172B. Operations Research B (4)

Nonlinear programming, deterministic and stochastic dynamic programming, queuing theory, search models, and inventory models. Credit not allowed for both Econ 172B and Math 171B. Prerequisites: Econ 172A or Math 171A.

173A. Financial Markets (4)

Financial market functions, institutions and instruments: stocks, bonds, cash instruments, derivatives (options), etc. Discussion of no-arbitrage arguments, as well as investors’ portfolio decisions and the basic risk-return trade-off established in market equilibrium. Prerequisites: Econ 100A and Econ 120B or Math 181B; and Math 20F or 31AH.

173AL. Applied Finance Laboratory (2)

Empirical, case-based analysis requiring students to use economic theory from Econ 173A: Financial Markets and data to address real-world issues such as conducting market research, conducting discounted cash flow analyses, and applying the CAPM model to identify issues in investment management, and more. Presentation of student analyses both orally and in writing. Can be used in conjunction with another two-unit upper-division Econ course to meet major elective requirements by petition. Prerequisites: Econ 173A.

173B. Corporate Finance (4)

Introduces the firm’s capital budgeting decision, including methods for evaluation and ranking of investment projects, the firm’s choice of capital structure, dividend policy decisions, corporate taxes, mergers and acquisitions. Prerequisites: Econ 4 or MGT 4; and Econ 173A.

174. Financial Risk Management (4)

Risk measures, hedging techniques, value of risk to firms, estimation of optimal hedge ratio, risk management with options and futures. Econ 171 is recommended. Prerequisites: Econ 173A.

176. Marketing (4)

Role of marketing in the economy. Topics such as buyer behavior, marketing mix, promotion, product selection, pricing, and distribution. Concurrent enrollment in Econ 120C is permitted. Prerequisites: Econ 120C.

177L. Applied Management Laboratory (4)

Applied theory and case-based class requiring students to develop hypothesis-driven, problem-solving skills. Students will work in teams and will develop management consultant skills by applying microeconomic theory, marketing, accounting, and econometric analyses to real-world business problems. Presentation of student analyses both orally and in writing. Prerequisites: Econ 4 and Econ 100C and Econ 176.

178. Economic and Business Forecasting (4)

Survey of theoretical and practical aspects of statistical and economic forecasting. Such topics as long-run and short-run horizons, leading indicator analysis, econometric models, technological and population forecasts, forecast evaluation, and the use of forecasts for public policy. Concurrent enrollment in Econ 120C is permitted. Prerequisites: Econ 120C.

180. Topics in Econometrics (4)

Selected topics in econometrics. May be repeated for credit, as topics vary. Prerequisites: Econ 120C, consent of department is required.

182. Topics in Microeconomics (4)

Selected topics in microeconomics. Prerequisites: Econ 100C, consent of department is required.

191A. Senior Essay Seminar A (4)

Senior essay seminar for students with superior records in department majors. Students must complete Econ 191A and Econ 191B in consecutive quarters. Prerequisites: department stamp required.

191B. Senior Essay Seminar B (4)

Senior essay seminar for students with superior records in department majors. Students must complete Econ 191A and Econ 191B in consecutive quarters. Prerequisites: department stamp required.

195. Introduction to Teaching Economics (4)

Introduction to teaching economics. Each student will be responsible for a class section in one of the lower-division economics courses. Limited to advanced economics majors with at least a 3.5 GPA in upper-division economics work. (P/NP grades only.) Students may not earn more than eight units credit in 195 courses. Prerequisites: consent of the department.

198. Directed Group Study (2 or 4)

Directed study on a topic or in a group field not included in regular department curriculum by special arrangement with a faculty member. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor. May be repeated up to three times when course topics vary. (P/NP grades only.)

199. Independent Study (2 or 4)

Independent reading or research under the direction of and by special arrangement with a Department of Economics faculty member. (P/NP grades only.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor and departmental approval.

Graduate

200A. Microeconomics A (4)

Modern consumer and producer theory. Preferences, utility maximization, demand, choice under uncertainty, intertemporal choice. Production, cost, profit maximization and supply. Comparative statics, duality. Prerequisites: none. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

200B. Microeconomics B (4)

Arrow-Debreu model of general economic equilibrium and welfare economics. Axiomatic theory of the firm and household. Existence of general economic equilibrium. First and Second Fundamental Theorems of Welfare Economics. Futures and contingent commodity markets. Core and core convergence. Prerequisites: Econ 200A. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

200C. Mircoeconomics C (4)

Information economics: static and dynamic games of incomplete information, signaling, screening, and lemons. Institutional analysis: social choice, mechanism design, cooperative bargaining, contracts, strategic theory of the firm. Prerequisites: Econ 200B. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

201. Advanced Economic Theory (4)

An intensive examination of selected topics in economic theory. Course topic nonrepetitive in a three-year cycle. Prerequisites: Econ 207 and 213.

202A-B-C. Workshop in Economic Theory (0–4/0–4/0–4)

An examination of recent research in economic theory, including topics in general equilibrium, welfare economics, duality, and social choice; development of related research topics by both graduate students and faculty. Course may be repeated an unlimited number of times. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: Econ 207 or consent of instructor.

205. Mathematics for Economists (4)

Advanced calculus review for new graduate students. Prerequisites: none. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

206. Decisions (4)

Further topics in consumer and producer theory, intertemporal optimization, and decision making under uncertainty. (Previously numbered Econ 200D.) Prerequisites: Econ 200A-B-C or consent of instructor.

208. Games and Information (4)

Further topics in game theory and the economics of information. (Previously numbered Econ 200F.) Prerequisites: Econ 200A-B-C or consent of instructor.

210A. Macroeconomics A (4)

Dynamic optimization: Lagrangean methods and recursive methods. The neoclassical growth model: social planner, competitive equilibrium, first and second welfare theorems, steady state analysis, dynamic analysis, shocks, heterogeneity and aggregation, applications. Prerequisites: none. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75); or consent of instructor.

210B. Macroeconomics B (4)

Models of the household’s intertemporal consumption/saving decision, and implications for risk aversion, basic portfolio allocation, and asset pricing. Models with heterogeneous agents—overlapping generations, incomplete markets, precautionary saving. Implications of labor market frictions for equilibrium employment. Prerequisites: Econ 210A. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75); or consent of instructor.

210C. Macroeconomics C (4)

Basic facts and time series for macroeconomics. Modern theories of short-run fluctuations: sources of business cycle and the evolution of income, employment, interest rate, and prices. Monetary and fiscal policy theories in the presence of real and nominal rigidities. Prerequisites: Econ 210B. Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75); or consent of instructor.

211. Advanced Macroeconomics (4-4-4)

Covers various topics in macroeconomics at the frontiers of research, including theory, computation, and empirical work. Emphasis depends on the instructor. Students will read the latest working papers and publications in the covered areas. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 210A-B-C or consent of instructor.

212A-B-C. Workshop in Macroeconomics (0–4/0–4/0–4)

Examination of recent research in macroeconomics; development of own research by graduate students and faculty. Course may be repeated an unlimited number of times. (S/U grades only.) Prerequisites: Econ 210C.

213. Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (4)

This course develops purely theoretical models for problems in macroeconomics. Topics include dynamic general equilibrium, asset market equilibrium, and economic growth and distribution. Prerequisites: Econ 210A-B-C or consent of instructor.

214. Applied Macroeconomics (4)

This course considers macroeconomics from an applied standpoint, with an emphasis on applied theory and empirical analysis. Topics include business cycles, macroeconomic policy, labor and capital adjustment, and economic growth. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 210A-B-C or consent of instructor.

215. Macroeconomic Policy (4)

This course focuses on theoretical models and empirical analysis aimed at understanding and directing macroeconomic policy, including monetary, fiscal, and structural policies. Prerequisites: Econ 210A-B-C or consent of instructor.

216. Computation for Macroeconomics (4)

This course covers advanced computation techniques that are widely used in macroeconomics, finance, and other fields. Students will learn a range of numerical methods for handling systems of equations, integration, optimization, and other problems. Prerequisites: Econ 210A-B-C or consent of instructor.

219. Readings in Macroeconomics (4)

This course will cover numerical analysis of dynamic macroeconomic models. Topics include numerical techniques, dynamic programming, linear systems, solution algorithms, and applications to dynamic general equilibrium. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

220A. Econometrics A (4)

An introduction to probability and statistics for graduate students in economics. Topics include: random variables, sampling distributions, the law of large numbers, the central limit theorem, maximum likelihood estimation, hypothesis testing. Knowledge of multivariable calculus and linear algebra is assumed. Prerequisites: graduate standing; enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

220B. Econometrics B (4)

Introduction to regression analysis and other estimation methods. Topics covered include: ordinary and generalized least squares, asymptotic approximations, specification testing, two-stage least squares, generalized method of moments, and maximum likelihood estimation. Prerequisites: Econ 220A, graduate standing; Enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

220C. Econometrics C (4)

This course focuses on econometric analysis of panel data and cross-section data. Topics covered include: static/dynamic panel data models, discrete choice models, censored and truncated regression models, sample selection models, and evaluation of treatment effects. Theory of extreme estimators is used to study the specification, estimation, and testing of these models. Prerequisites: Econ 220B, graduate standing; enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

220D. Econometrics D (4)

Examines modern time series econometrics, extending methods from Econ 220A-C to dependent data. Topics covered include spectral density theory, HAC estimation, vector autoregressions, nonstationary econometrics, filtering. Prerequisites: Econ 220C, graduate standing; enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

220E. Econometrics E (4)

Identification of economic models. Topics include: rank and order conditions for identification in linear simultaneous equations systems; identification in nonlinear models; likelihood based identification criteria; nonparametric identification; identification in models with multiple equilibria. Prerequisites: Econ 220D, graduate standing; enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

220F. Econometrics F (4)

This course focuses on the application of econometric techniques to issues in microeconomics and macroeconomics. The major emphasis in the class is on the completion of an empirical project. Prerequisites: Econ 220E, graduate standing; enrollment limited to Economics PhD students (EN75) or Rady PhD students (RS79); or consent of instructor.

221. Advanced Econometrics (4)

Advanced topics in econometrics. Topics may vary from year to year, covering areas such as cross-section, time-series, panel, limited dependent variables, conditional quantile estimation, bootstrapping, and large- and small-sample distribution theory. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 220A, 220B, 220C, 220D, and 220E or consent of instructor.

222A-B-C. Workshop in Econometrics (4-4-4)

Examination of recent econometric research; development of own research by students and faculty. Course may be repeated an unlimited number of times. (S/U grades only.)

224. Readings in Econometrics (1)

Examination of recent research in econometrics to facilitate the development of thesis research by graduate students. (S/U grades only.)

225. Forecasting (4)

Topics include testing for rationality of forecasts, Mincer-Zarnowitz regressions, asymmetric loss functions, tests for equal (superior) predictive ability, multivariate forecasting. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 220A, 220B, 220C, 220D, and 220E or consent of instructor.

226. Bayesian and Numerical Methods (4)

Topics include Bayesian inference and decision theory, loss functions, estimation of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, nonlinear time series, state-space models, spatial-temporal models, and high-frequency data. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 220A, 220B, 220C, 220D, and 220E or consent of instructor.

227. Nonparametric and Semiparametric Models (4)

Topics include neural networks, kernels, series, splines, estimation of densities and spectra, smoothing parameter selection, semiparametric models, efficiency and adaptation, forecasting with nonlinear models, over-fit, computation, and interpretation. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 220A, 220B, 220C, 220D, and 220E or consent of instructor.

228. Nonstandard Inference (4)

Topics include weak instruments, unit roots, break tests, switching models, set-based inference, maximum likelihood estimation and meaning of misspecified models, consistency, asymptotic normality, consistent covariance matrix estimation, and tests of model misspecification. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 220A, 220B, 220C, 220D, and 220E or consent of instructor.

229. Estimating Causal Effects (4)

Topics include the definition, identification, and estimation of causal effects. Topics include White and Chalak’s settable systems, Granger causality, treatment effects, parametric and nonparametric estimation methods, extensions of IV methods, and tests for structural identification. Prerequisites: Econ 220D or enrollment by completion of prerequisite or consent of instructor.

230. Public Economics: Taxation (4)

Exploration of existing theoretical literature evaluating the efficiency and distribution effects of income and commodity taxes. Characterization of an “optimal” tax structure, and examination of problems faced in tax administration. Scrutiny of behavioral responses to existing tax structures. Prerequisites: Econ 200A-B-C and Econ 220A-B-C.

231. Public Economics: Public Goods and Externalities (4)

Justifications for government intervention in the context of public goods and externalities. Exploration of normative and positive models of government behavior. Lessons from fiscal federalism for federal, state, and local roles. Applications to specific expenditure programs, such as national defense and education. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 200A-B-C and Econ 220A-B-C.

232. Public Economics: Redistribution and Social Insurance (4)

Justifications for government involvement in redistribution and insurance markets. Optimal design of transfer and social insurance programs. Theoretical and empirical analyses of programs including cash welfare assistance, unemployment insurance, social security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 200A-B-C and Econ 220A-B-C.

235A-B-C. Workshop in Applied Economics (0–4/0–4/0–4)

Examination of recent research in applied economics; development of own research by graduate students and faculty. Course may be repeated an unlimited number of times. (S/U grades only.)

237. Political Economy: Microeconomic Perspectives (4)

The course will examine recent research investigating the behavior of key actors in the political arena: voters, candidates, legislatures, interest groups, political parties, and the media, and then assessing the resulting political and economic outcomes. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

241. Microeconomics of Development (4)

Course introduces the household as a decision-making unit, and the contracts and institutions that emerge to compensate for imperfect markets. Emphasis is placed on data and identification strategies that can be used to measure the impact of policy interventions. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

242. Macroeconomics of Development (4)

Course begins with measurement of development and continues to history of division of world into industrial and agricultural countries. Roles of trade, finance, and investment in aggregate growth are then studied. Course concludes by covering income distribution and political economy. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

245. International Trade (4)

This course covers the determinants of the pattern and volume of trade in goods and services, the interaction of international trade with income distribution and economic growth, and commercial policy. The emphasis is on theory, with some empirical illustration and motivation. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

246. International Macroeconomics (4)

This course presents open-economy macroeconomics and international finance. Topics include theories of the exchange rate, foreign-exchange regimes, current account adjustments, and international portfolio investments. The course examines real and monetary explanations, and implications of international capital market integration. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

247. Empirical Topics in International Economics (4)

This course examines the empirical work in international trade or international macroeconomics. International trade topics include empirical tests of theories of international trade and international capital movements. International macroeconomic topics include empirical studies of exchange rate and relative price adjustments. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

249A. International Development Workshop I (1–4)

Presentation of recent research in international and development economics by faculty and graduate students, covering micro and macroeconomic aspect of both areas. Regular attendance is required. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

249B. International Development Workshop II (1–4)

Presentation of recent research in international and development economics by faculty and graduate students, covering micro and macroeconomic aspect of both areas. Regular attendance is required. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

249C. International Development Workshop III (1–4)

Presentation of recent research in international and development economics by faculty and graduate students, covering micro and macroeconomic aspect of both areas. Regular attendance is required. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

250. Labor Economics (4)

Theoretical and empirical issues in labor economics. (Previously numbered Econ 236A-B.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

260. Industrial Organization: Firms (4)

This course covers theory and empirical applications in the following areas of industrial organization: dynamic pricing, price discrimination, collusion, market power, discrete choice demand modeling, entry, asymmetric information, and search. Prerequisites: Econ 220C. Enrollment by completion of prerequisites or by consent of instructor.

261. Industrial Organization: Markets (4)

This course covers theory and empirical applications in the following areas of industrial organization: mergers, vertical integration, and innovation. Optional topics include network effects, technology adoption, and regulation. Prerequisites: Econ 200C and 220C. Enrollment by completion of prerequisites or by consent of instructor.

263. Modeling Behavioral Economics (4)

Covers various models in behavioral economics including self-control, bounded memory, belief manipulation, framing effects, and behavioral game theory. The course will also discuss their role in industrial organization, finance, and political economy, and their implications for welfare. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 200A-B-C.

264. Experimental Economics (4)

Design and interpretation of controlled experiments using human subjects. (Previously numbered Econ 207.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

265. Alternative Choice Theory (4)

Experimental findings by economists and psychologists of systematic departures from the classical model of decision making under risk and uncertainty. Issues of dynamic consistency in choice. Development, formal analysis and application of alternative models of risk preferences and beliefs. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Econ 200A-B-C.

266. Economics of Natural Resources (4)

Theoretical and empirical issues in natural resource economics. (Previously numbered Econ 242.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

267. Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics (4)

The course will cover any of a variety of topics in environmental and resource economics, including climate change, exhaustible and renewable resources, international environmental agreements, nonmarket valuation, energy economics, and water allocation. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

270. Finance—Core Asset Pricing (4)

Theoretical and empirical issues in finance. (Previously numbered Econ 214A.)

272. Finance—Theory and Testing of Intertemporal Asset Pricing Models (4)

Theoretical and empirical issues in finance. (Previously numbered Econ 214C.)

280. Computation (2)

Introduction to econometric computing. (S/U grades only.)

281. Special Topics in Economics (4)

Lecture course at an advanced level on a special topic. May be repeated for credit if topic differs. (Previously numbered Econ 267.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

282. Introduction to Research and Literature Review (4)

Introduction to research methods and the literature, including overviews of active research areas, formulation of research ideas, critical reviewing, and data sources. Students write a critical review of a body of literature including a proposal for an original research paper. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

285. Precandidacy Presentation (2)

This course is a workshop in which students make formal presentations on the literature and on their own projects and receive input from other students and the instructor. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

286. Graduate Research Presentation Workshop (3)

The aim of the course is to train students to present their research effectively to a broad audience. Students are required to prepare a formal presentation, and then to provide feedback on the presentations made by other students. Depending on student demand, meetings may be divided into multiple sections, based on field interests. Prerequisites: graduate standing, Econ 285.

291. Advanced Field Advising (4)

Controlled reading and discussion with advisor; literature survey. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grades only.)

296. Original Research Paper (1–12)

In this course, students are guided toward the formulation of an original research idea and the writing of an original paper. Students receive support and input through group discussion and also through interaction with the instructor. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

297. Independent Study (1–5)

(S/U grades only.)

299. Research in Economics for Dissertation (1–9)

(S/U grades only.)

500A-B-C. Teaching Methods in Economics (4-4-4)

The study and development of effective pedagogical materials and techniques in economics. Students who hold appointments as teaching assistants must enroll in this course, but it is open to other students as well. (S/U grades only.)