The Economics Department

ECO 304K • Intro To Microeconomics-Wb

35113 • Mateer, George
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
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ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR OF INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS, FIRMS, AND WORKERS; SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE ROLE OF MARKETS.

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 100 OR MORE STUDENTS.

This course provides an introduction to the theory of how consumers and business firms behave in the market economy. The topics include demand and supply in a competitive market, optimal consumption choice by the individual household given its budget constraint, the producer's costs and output decisions, the demand for labor and other inputs, and economic outcomes under product demand structures ranging from perfect competition to pure monopoly. For specific instructor syllabi and requirements, contact individual instructor.


ECO 304K • Intro To Microeconomics-Wb

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ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR OF INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS, FIRMS, AND WORKERS; SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE ROLE OF MARKETS.

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 100 OR MORE STUDENTS.

This course provides an introduction to the theory of how consumers and business firms behave in the market economy. The topics include demand and supply in a competitive market, optimal consumption choice by the individual household given its budget constraint, the producer's costs and output decisions, the demand for labor and other inputs, and economic outcomes under product demand structures ranging from perfect competition to pure monopoly. For specific instructor syllabi and requirements, contact individual instructor.


ECO 304K • Introduction To Microeconomics

35120 • Brandl, Michael
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM BUR 106
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ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR OF INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS, FIRMS, AND WORKERS; SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE ROLE OF MARKETS.

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 100 OR MORE STUDENTS.

This course provides an introduction to the theory of how consumers and business firms behave in the market economy. The topics include demand and supply in a competitive market, optimal consumption choice by the individual household given its budget constraint, the producer's costs and output decisions, the demand for labor and other inputs, and economic outcomes under product demand structures ranging from perfect competition to pure monopoly. For specific instructor syllabi and requirements, contact individual instructor.


ECO 304L • Introduction To Macroeconomics

35130 • Sadler, Michael
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEL 328
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ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE (ITS ORGANIZATION AND THE BASIC FORCES INFLUENCING ITS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT); MONEY AND BANKING, NATIONAL INCOME, PUBLIC FINANCE, AND INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 304K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 100 OR MORE STUDENTS.

This course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, concepts and models of analysis of macroeconomics. We will discuss the behavior of the aggregate economy, particularly the Gross Domestic Product; Consumption; Savings; Investment,Unemployment; Inflation; the role of the Monetary System and and Policy, the role of Taxes, Government Spending and Fiscal Policy; the National Debt and Government Budget Deficits and Surpluses; Exports, Imports and International Trade.

 


ECO 320L • Macroeconomic Theory

35185 • Coibion, Olivier
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEL 328
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THEORY OF THE DETERMINATION OF NATIONAL INCOME, EMPLOYMENT, AND THE PRICE LEVEL, WITH POLICY IMPLICATIONS. REQUIRED OF STUDENTS MAJORING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

The purpose of this course is to further students' understanding of the central ideas of macroeconomics.  We will study long-run economic growth and short-run economic fluctuations.  Once we have a basic understanding of these phenomena, we will discuss the main macroeconomic tools of the government, fiscal policy and monetary policy.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to critically read articles on current economic issues that appear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.


ECO 321 • Public Economics

35194 • Schneider, Helen
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM SZB 296
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In this course students will learn to apply microeconomic analysis to study the role of the public sector in the economy.  Topics covered include public goods and externalities, education, income redistribution, the workings of social security, welfare, political economy, cost-benefit analysis, and taxation.  

 

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

 


ECO 321 • Public Economics

35193 • Schneider, Helen
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM SZB 296
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In this course students will learn to apply microeconomic analysis to study the role of the public sector in the economy.  Topics covered include public goods and externalities, education, income redistribution, the workings of social security, welfare, political economy, cost-benefit analysis, and taxation.  

 

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

 


ECO 322 • Money And Banking

35200 • Trinque, Brian
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GDC 2.210
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THE ROLE OF MONEY AND DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS IN THE ECONOMY; INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MONETARY THEORY AND POLICY. ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MAY BE COUNTED: ECONOMICS 322, FINANCE 354, 354H.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 320L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course is about economic wealth: its various forms (called assets), the institutions that create, own, and exchange wealth, the government policies that regulate the behavior of these institutions, and the social origins and consequences of these assets, institutions, and policies. Financial assets-including but not limited to money-exist as stores of value, linking the production of goods in the present to the production and consumption of goods in the future. The focus of this course is on the challenge wealth presents to society: the need to ensure thta the public can assess with reasonable accuracy the various rates of return on financial assets. So long as financial assets, on average, meet people's expectations, people will seek to acquire and be willing to hold them. The resulting demand for financial assets is simultaneously a reflection of the public's confidence in them and a principal determinant of their rates of return. The origins and evolution of assets, institutions, and policies may be understood as an endless search for socially effective and privately profitable means of managing the risky task of betting on the future.


ECO 322 • Money And Banking

35195 • Brandl, Michael
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306
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THE ROLE OF MONEY AND DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS IN THE ECONOMY; INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MONETARY THEORY AND POLICY. ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MAY BE COUNTED: ECONOMICS 322, FINANCE 354, 354H.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 320L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course is about economic wealth: its various forms (called assets), the institutions that create, own, and exchange wealth, the government policies that regulate the behavior of these institutions, and the social origins and consequences of these assets, institutions, and policies. Financial assets-including but not limited to money-exist as stores of value, linking the production of goods in the present to the production and consumption of goods in the future. The focus of this course is on the challenge wealth presents to society: the need to ensure thta the public can assess with reasonable accuracy the various rates of return on financial assets. So long as financial assets, on average, meet people's expectations, people will seek to acquire and be willing to hold them. The resulting demand for financial assets is simultaneously a reflection of the public's confidence in them and a principal determinant of their rates of return. The origins and evolution of assets, institutions, and policies may be understood as an endless search for socially effective and privately profitable means of managing the risky task of betting on the future.


ECO 324 • Intro To Labor Economics

35205 • Trejo, Stephen
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 1.146
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This course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of labor markets, with an emphasis on public policy.  Students will learn theoretical frameworks for understanding the determinants of wages, employment, and work hours, and they will learn to assess relevant empirical evidence.  In addition, students will use these tools to evaluate policy issues such as income transfer programs, job displacement, education, inequality, immigration, and labor market disparities by gender and race. 

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

 


ECO 325K • Health Economics

35210 • Geruso, Michael
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM BUR 224
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Explores medical care as a commodity, demand for health and medical services, economic behavior of medical care providers, and the functioning of medical insurance markets. Government regulation and provision of health care and health insurance.

 

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K OR 421K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.


ECO 327 • Comparative Economic Systems

35220 • Trinque, Brian
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM GDC 2.210
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THEORIES OF AND PRACTICES IN THE PRINCIPAL TYPES OF ECONOMIC SYSTEMS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 304K AND 304L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course is a writing workshop and seminar focusing on economic systems, national and global. The principal objective of the course is to enable your engagement with the scholarly literature on economic systems - that is, to learn how to learn from relevant experts. Secondary course objectives include deepening your understanding of economic systems, exercising your talents in information retrieval and processing, and sharpening your writing skills. Economic transition is an important phenomenon of the 21st century. In a large and expanding number of countries, a transition process is underway or, at least, under discussion. This transition is away from economic systems based on personal authority and inter-personal loyalties toward an economic system based on self-interested and self-reliant competitive struggle under a de-personalized rule of law. Such transitions are altering the global economy and affecting specific societies as diverse as Mexico, Germany, Uganda, Russia, India, and Japan. This course sets aside the contentious debates over the feasibility and desirability of economic transition, attempting instead to understand transition as an historical process. The focus of the course is on two instances of such transition. What caused Great Britain to become the pioneer of transition? What explains the peculiar characteristics of Japan's economic system? In our approach to these specific cases, we examine selected aspects of the evolution of economic systems from ancient times to the present. During the first two-thirds of the semester, lectures will address economic transition as well as practical tips on accessing the literature and composing a coherent term paper. Thereafter, most class meetings will consist of presentations by students of their work-in-progress.


ECO 328 • Industrial Organization

35225 • Sibley, David
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 201
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THE ORGANIZATION OF INDUSTRIES AND MARKETS: COMPETITION, MONOPOLY, AND OLIGOPOLY; ANTITRUST POLICY AND ITS ALTERNATIVES.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.

Industrial Organization is the study of imperfectly competitive markets. In this course, we will analyze the behavior on economic agents (consumers and firms) in such settings, as well as policy issues that arise therein. Topics we will cover include monopoly, oligopoly, product differentiation, entry deterrence, and the role of asymmetric information. Calculus and game theory will be our primary analytical tools. The goal of the course is to develop your understanding of the forces at work in many kinds of market interactions, as well as to foster your ability to think critically.If more information is needed contact instructor.


ECO 329 • Economic Statistics

35230 • Abrevaya, Jason
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 106
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METHODS OF STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF QUANTITATIVE DATA IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMICS. REQUIRED OF ECONOMICS MAJORS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 304K AND 304L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH, AND MATHEMATICS 408C AND 408D, OR MATHEMATICS 408K AND 408L, WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Economics 329 is an introduction to Economic Statistics. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with methods of summarizing collections of measurements (data sets) of economic, political and business phenomena. Of particular concern will be an introduction to elementary probability theory and its use in the interpretation of summary statistics (inference) obtained from statistical data sets. A number of economic, political and business applications will be used to illustrate the methods. If more information is needed contact instructor.


ECO 330T • Eco Of Money: Past To Bitcoins

35240 • Brandl, Michael
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.124
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OPEN TO NONMAJORS. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE ECONOMIC THEORY, APPLICATIONS, AND POLICY. ECONOMICS 330T AND 350K MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY.
 

 

 


ECO 330T • Experimental Economics

35235 • Acchiardo, Charity
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 212
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OPEN TO NONMAJORS. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE ECONOMIC THEORY, APPLICATIONS, AND POLICY. ECONOMICS 330T AND 350K MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY.
 

 

 


ECO 336M • Economics Of Auctions

35254 • Balat, Jorge
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 203
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PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 320L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-. 

 

Explore auctions as a mechanism for allocating resources. Analyze bidders’ strategic interactions using game theory. Investigate market rules designed to attain specific policy objectives. Utilize empirical methods to analyze auction data.


ECO 350L • Advanced Macroeconomics

35279 • Drenik, Andres
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM BRB 2.136
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Investigate advanced macroeconomic theory. Examine dynamic general equilibrium models, real business cycle theory, and macroeconomic models with a financial intermediary sector, financial crises, and monetary and fiscal policy.

 

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 320L WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-.


ECO 353M • Empirical Public Economics

35280 • Sibley, David
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 201
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Use of data to evaluate public policy issues. Issues considered include the effect of having health insurance on health outcomes; the relationship between earning power and the type of college attended; charter schools and educational outcomes; the effect of an increase in the minimum wage on employment; and the welfare effects of bank bailouts.


ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

35285 • Thomas, Caroline
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BRB 2.136
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.


ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

35290 • Thomas, Caroline
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BRB 1.120
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.


ECO 369F • Financial Economics

35295 • Boyarchenko, Svetlana
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WAG 420
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE OPERATION OF FINANCIAL MARKETS, INCLUDING ARBITRAGE THEORY, ASSET PRICING, AND CORPORATE FINANCE.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K, 320L, AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH; ECONOMICS 322 IS RECOMMENDED.

The course covers the general principles of financial economics and lays out the foundation for more specialized courses to be taken in the future. It is built around the foundations of financial economics? the time value of money, asset valuation and risk management. The course specifically deals with optimization over time, discounted cash flow analysis, asset valuation, futures markets, portfolio theory, options pricing, options strategies and capital structure. An emphasis is put on the application of these financial concepts to decisions faced by households and firms.


ECO 378H • Honors Tutorial Course I

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SUPERVISED INDIVIDUAL READING, RESEARCH, AND WRITING OF A SUBSTANTIAL PAPER ON A SPECIAL TOPIC IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: UPPER-DIVISION STANDING, ADMISSION TO THE ECONOMICS HONORS PROGRAM, AND CONSENT OF THE HONORS ADVISER.

MAY BE COUNTED TOWARD THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY FLAG REQUIREMENT.

Hour(s) to be arranged. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.


ECO 379C • Individual Conference Course

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SUPERVISED INDIVIDUAL STUDY OF SELECTED PROBLEMS IN ECONOMICS. MAY NOT BE COUNTED TOWARD THE TWENTY-FOUR SEMESTER HOURS IN ECONOMICS REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: UPPER-DIVISION STANDING AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. STUDENTS SHOULD ORDINARILY HAVE COMPLETED SIX SEMESTER HOURS OF UPPER-DIVISION COURSEWORK IN ECONOMICS AND COURSEWORK WITH SUPERVISING INSTRUCTOR.

MAY BE COUNTED TOWARD THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY FLAG REQUIREMENT.

HOUR(S) TO BE ARRANGED. RESTRICTED ENROLLMENT; CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR PERMISSION TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT.


ECO 379H • Honors Tutorial Course II

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SUPERVISED INDIVIDUAL READING, RESEARCH, AND WRITING OF A SUBSTANTIAL PAPER ON A SPECIAL TOPIC IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 378H.

MAY BE COUNTED TOWARD THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY FLAG REQUIREMENT.

CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING.



ECO 420K • Microeconomic Theory

35150-35155 • Oettinger, Gerald
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM UTC 4.104
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A SURVEY OF NEOCLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINANTS OF PRICES AND OF THE ROLE OF PRICES IN ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION. REQUIRED OF STUDENTS MAJORING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: Economics 304K and 304L with a grade of at least C- in each; Economics 329 with a grade of at least C; and Mathematics 408C and408D, or 408K and 408L, or 408N and 408S, with a grade of at least C- ineach.

The primary objective of the course is to study contemporary theories of the principal determinants of prices and the role of prices in economic organization. The course will emphasize the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and provide concrete examples of their application. The course will cover the demand and supply theories for competitive markets, some instances of market power, basics of the game theory, choice under uncertainty, and equilibrium in an exchange and production economy.


ECO 420K • Microeconomic Theory

35160-35165 • Boyarchenko, Svetlana
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 0.126
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A SURVEY OF NEOCLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINANTS OF PRICES AND OF THE ROLE OF PRICES IN ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION. REQUIRED OF STUDENTS MAJORING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: Economics 304K and 304L with a grade of at least C- in each; Economics 329 with a grade of at least C; and Mathematics 408C and408D, or 408K and 408L, or 408N and 408S, with a grade of at least C- ineach.

The primary objective of the course is to study contemporary theories of the principal determinants of prices and the role of prices in economic organization. The course will emphasize the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and provide concrete examples of their application. The course will cover the demand and supply theories for competitive markets, some instances of market power, basics of the game theory, choice under uncertainty, and equilibrium in an exchange and production economy.


ECO 420K • Microeconomic Theory

35140-35145 • Slesnick, Daniel
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM WAG 214
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A SURVEY OF NEOCLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINANTS OF PRICES AND OF THE ROLE OF PRICES IN ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION. REQUIRED OF STUDENTS MAJORING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: Economics 304K and 304L with a grade of at least C- in each; Economics 329 with a grade of at least C; and Mathematics 408C and408D, or 408K and 408L, or 408N and 408S, with a grade of at least C- ineach.

The primary objective of the course is to study contemporary theories of the principal determinants of prices and the role of prices in economic organization. The course will emphasize the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and provide concrete examples of their application. The course will cover the demand and supply theories for competitive markets, some instances of market power, basics of the game theory, choice under uncertainty, and equilibrium in an exchange and production economy.


ECO 441K • Introduction To Econometrics

35265 • Xu, Haiqing
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.126
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 335, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 253K, ECONOMICS 329, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 351K, MATHEMATICS 358K, 378K, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 335, OR STATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCES 378.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.


ECO 441K • Introduction To Econometrics

35270 • Xu, Haiqing
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 201
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 335, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 253K, ECONOMICS 329, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 351K, MATHEMATICS 358K, 378K, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 335, OR STATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCES 378.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.


ECO 441K • Introduction To Econometrics

35260 • Trejo, Stephen
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM RLP 0.126
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INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO STANDARD REGRESSION PROCEDURES OF PARAMETER ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING IN ECONOMICS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C-: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 335, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 253K, ECONOMICS 329, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 351K, MATHEMATICS 358K, 378K, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 335, OR STATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCES 378.

Econometrics is an application of statistical methods to the estimation of economic relationships. Students are expected to have an understanding of both statistics and economic theory. This course reveals how relationships among economic variables are discerned from data. The primary focus of this course is on estimation methodology. If more information is needed contact instructor.