PhD Course Offerings

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Fall 2019 Courses:

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Economics 703- Mathematical Economics I

Mathematical Economics I

A survey of mathematical techniques used in economic analysis. Linear algebra and optimization techniques are emphasized.

Lecture 001: W 5:30-8pm | Instructor: John Kennan


Credits: 3-4
Pre-req: 2 semester calculus; 1 semester linear algebra.

Economics 709- Economic Statistics and Econometrics I

Economic Statistics & Econometrics I

Probability distributions, statistical inference; multiple linear regression; introduction to econometric methods.

Lecture 001: MW 1:00-2:15pm | Instructors: Jack Porter & Bruce Hansen


Credits: 3
Pre-req: 2 semesters of advanced calculus, 1 semester of linear algebra

Economics 711- Economic Theory- Microeconomics Sequence

Economic Theory-Microeconomics Sequence

First course in a two-semester sequence: theories of firms, consumers, and markets; or partial and general equilibria in market and centralized economies; topics in welfare economics.

Lecture 001: TuTh 11:00-12:15pm | Instructors: Daniel Quint & Bill Sandholm


Credits: 3
Pre-req: 2 semesters of adv calc, 1 semester of lineal algebra

Economics 712- Economic Theory- Macroeconomics Sequence

Economic Theory-Macroeconomics Sequence

First course in a two semester sequence: commodity, money and labor markets, their components and general equilibrium; intertemporal optimization and growth theory.

Lecture 001: MW 11:00-12:15pm | Instructors: Dean Corbae & Rasmus Lentz


Credits: 3
Pre-req: 2 semesters of adv calc, 1 semester of lineal algebra

Economics 715- Econometric Methods

Econometric Methods

Statistical models and methods relevant to estimation and testing of economic relationships.

Lecture 001: MW 11:00-12:15pm | Instructors: Bruce Hansen & Jack Porter


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 717 - Applied Econometrics

Applied Econometrics

Applied cross section and panel methods.

Lecture 001: MW 8:00-9:15am | Instructors: Jean-Francois Houde & Jeff Smith


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 718- Topics in Applied Econometrics

Topics in Applied Econometrics (Applied Time Series)

Lecture 001: MW 1:00-2:15, Instructor: Ken West


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agriculture and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 741- Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

Theory of Public Finance & Fiscal Policy

Theoretical development of the functions of government in a mixed economy; welfare criteria for efficient government expenditures and taxation; nature of public goods and of redistribution activities of governments. Program budgeting and theoretical issues in cost-benefit analysis.

Lecture 001: TuTh 9:30-10:45am | Instructors: Naoki Aizawa & Corina Mommaerts


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 750- Labor Economics

Labor Economics

Theoretical and empirical analysis of labor markets, labor mobility, the determination of earnings and employment, and labor supply of the household unit; emphasizes recent research on current issues in public policy.

Lecture 001: MW 9:30-10:45am; TuTh 5:30-7:30 pm | Instructors: Chris Taber & John Kennan


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 761- Empirical Analysis of Industrial Organization and Public Policy

Empirical Analysis of Industrial Organization Theory

A review of theories of the firm, oligopoly, and imperfect competition. Includes applications of economic theory and game theory to agency theory, product diversity, technological change, and strategic behavior by firms–among other problems

Lecture 001: TuTh 1:00-2:15 | Instructors: Ken Hendricks & Lorenzo Magnolfi


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 871 - Advanced International Economics

Advanced International Economics

General equilibrium algebraic and geometric modeling of open economies with balanced trade, and the welfare economics of international exchange and barriers thereto

Lecture 001: MW 2:30-3:45 | Instructor: Kim Ruhl


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 899- Computational Economics

Computational Economics

Lecture 001: MW 5:30-6:45pm | Instructor: Dean Corbae


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 901- Workshop in Mathematical Economic Theory

Workshop in Mathematical Economic Theory

Lecture 001: F 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 903- Workshop on Industrial Organization

Workshop on Industrial Organization

Current research on the operation of markets in which individuals and firms act with imperfect information, are limited in their responses, may purchase heterogeneous commodities or factor services, and are concerned with conflicting goals.

Lecture 001: W 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 913- Workshop in Econometrics

Workshop in Econometrics

Current research in econometric model building, estimation and inference in econometrics.

Lecture 001: F 1:20-3:20pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 955- Workshop in Labor Economics

Workshop in Labor Economics

Analysis of current research in wage determination and the functioning of labor markets.

Lecture 001: M 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 965- Workshop on Quant Macro-Economic Analysis

Workshop on Quantitative Macro-Economic Analysis

Current research on macroeconomic models, monetary theory and policy, the theory of portfolio selection, and the allocative and distributive performance of capital markets.

Lecture 001: Th 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 968- Workshop on Public Economics

Workshop on Public Economics

Individual research and group discussion of public expenditure programs with attention to investment in human capital, education, training, health information, and welfare programs. Reports on research in progress by students, staff, visiting scholars.

Lecture 001: Tu 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Economics 977- Workshop in International Economics

Workshop in International Economics

Current research in international trade; a wide range of topics in theory, quantitative analysis, statistics, and policy. For graduate students in their second or later years when working on theses.

Lecture 001: Tu 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Contact Department

Spring 2019 Courses:

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Economics 710- Econ Stats and Econometrics II

Economic Statistics & Econometrics II (UW Course Guide)

Extensions of the linear regression model; introduction to multiple equation models.

Lecture 001: MW 11:00-12:15pm | Instructor: Joachim Freyberger, & Mikkel Soelvsten


Credits: 3-4
Pre-req: Econ 709

Economics 713- Economic Theory- Microeconomics Sequence

Economic Theory: Microeconomics Sequence (UW Course Guide)

Continuation of Econ 711.

Lecture 001: TuTh 1:00 – 2:15pm| Instructors: Lones Smith & Marzena Rostek


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Econ 711

Economics 714- Economic Theory- Macroeconomics Sequence

Economic Theory-Macroeconomics Sequence (UW Course Guide)

Continuation of Econ 712.

Lecture 001: MW 1:00am – 2:15pm | Instructors: Enghin Atalay & Rishabh Kirpalani


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Econ 712

Economics 716- Econometric Methods

Econometric Methods (UW Course Guide)

Continuation of Econ 715.

Lecture 001: MW 2:30 – 3:45pm | Instructor: Joachim Freyberger & Mikkel Soelvsten


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 735- Monetary and Fiscal Theory

Monetary & Financial Theory (UW Course Guide)

Advanced appraisal of theory and institutions of the financial system, monetary theory, the credit system and financial intermediaries.

Lecture 001: M 5:30-8:30pm | Instructor: Randy Wright


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 751- Labor Economics

Labor Economics (UW Course Guide)

Taught on a modular basis: Labor Theories and Labor History; Union Political Activities; Collective Bargaining and Public Policy. For use in analysis of problems in areas of labor markets, wages and human resources.

Lecture 001:  Th 5:00-7:30pm | Instructor: Chao Fu


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 761- Industrial Organization Theory

Industrial Organization Theory (UW Course Guide)

A review of theories of the firm, oligopoly, and imperfect competition. Includes applications of economic theory and game theory to agency theory, product diversity, technological change, and strategic behavior by firms–among other problems.

Lecture 001: TuTh 2:30 – 3:45pm | Instructor: Lorenzo Magnolfi & Christopher Sullivan


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 806- Advanced Microeconomic Theory II

Topics in Microeconomic Theory (UW Course Guide)

Lecture 001: TuTh 11:00-12:15pm | Instructors: Marzena Rostek & Bill Sandholm


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Econ 711, 713

Economics 810- Advanced Macroeconomic Theory

Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (UW Course Guide)

Topics in advanced macroeconomic theory.

Lecture 001: MW 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Instructors: Enghin Atalay & Rishabh Kirpalani


Credits: 3
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agricultural and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 845- Advanced Topics in Public Finance

Advanced Topics in Public Finance (UW Course Guide)

Lecture 001: MW 9:30-10:45am | Instructors: Jesse Gregory & Jeff Smith


Credits: 1-3

Economics 899 - Topics in Applied Econometrics

Recent Advances in Economics (UW Course Guide)

Lecture 002: TuTh 9:30 – 10:45am | Instructor: Chris Taber


Credits: 2

Economics 902- Workshop in Economic Theory

Workshop in Economic Theory (UW Course Guide)

Critical discussion of topics in the field of economic theory.

Lecture 001: F 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Grad st

Economics 904- Workshop on Industrial Organization

Workshop on Industrial Organization (UW Course Guide)

Current research on the operation of markets in which individuals and firms act with imperfect information, are limited in their responses, may purchase heterogeneous commodities or factor services, and are concerned with conflicting goals.

Lecture 001: W 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agriculture and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 914- Workshop in Econometrics

Workshop in Econometrics (UW Course Guide)

Current research in econometric model building, estimation and inference in econometrics

Lecture 001: F 1:20-3:20pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Only Economics PhD students, Agriculture and Applied Economics PhD students, and authorized students may enroll in this class.

Economics 956- Workshop in Labor Economics

Workshop in Labor Economics (UW Course Guide)

Analysis of current research in wage determination and the functioning of labor markets.

Lecture 001: M 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Grad st

Economics 966- Workshop on Quant Macro-Economic Analysis

Workshop on Quantitative Macro-Economic Analysis (UW Course Guide)

Current research on macroeconomic models, monetary theory and policy, the theory of portfolio selection, and the allocative and distributive performance of capital markets.

Lecture 001: Th 3:45-5:15pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Grad st

Economics 969- Workshop on Public Economics

Workshop on Public Economics (UW Course Guide)

Individual research and group discussion of public expenditure programs with attention to investment in human capital, education, training, health information, and welfare programs. Reports on research in progress by students, staff, visiting scholars.

Lecture 001: Tu 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Grad st

Economics 978- Workshop in International Economics

Workshop in International Economics (UW Course Guide)

Current research in international trade; a wide range of topics in theory, quantitative analysis, statistics, and policy. For graduate students in their second or later years when working on theses.

Lecture 001: Tu 3:45-5:30pm


Credits: 1-7
Pre-req: Grad st