Course Descriptions, 2016/17

Econ 500a. General Economic Theory: Microeconomics

The topics are consumer and firm behavior, decision making under uncertainty, competitive, oligopolistic, and monopolistic markets, general equilibrium theory, overlapping generations models, and growth theory, as well as game theory under complete and incomplete information.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:20
Econ 501b. General Economic Theory: Microeconomics

This course is an introduction into game theory and the economics of information. It begins with the basic notions of action, strategy and equilibrium for complete information environments. The theory is extended to cover situations where different agents have different informations. This extends game theory to cover situations where every agent may possess private information. The classic models of adverse selection, signaling and moral hazard are introduced first. We end with the general theory of mechanism design which will lead us, inter alia, to the theory of auctions and related optimal trading problems.

Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:50
Econ 502. Optimization in Economic Theory for 1st Year Economics Ph.D. Students

This course covers mathematical methods important in economic theory, including Kuhn–Tucker theory, continuous time optimal control theory, dynamic programming, zero sum games and repeated sum games. Details of description to follow. [1/2 credit course]

Econ 510a. General Economic Theory: Macroeconomics

Basic facts and time series for macroeconomics. Stochastic dynamic programming with applications to macroeconomics. Advanced topics in consumption. Competitive equilibrium and dynamic models, and in overlapping generation models. Stochastic growth models. Real business cycles. Fiscal policy. Asset pricing.

Instructor(s)
Zhen Huo
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:50
Econ 511b. General Economic Theory: Macroeconomics

Monetary theory and modern theories of short-run fluctuations (real business cycle theory and sticky price theories), and the conduct of monetary policy (monetary policy rules, advantages of credible policy commitments). Theory of dynamic factor demand and empirical models of investment. Equilibrium job search and unemployment. Continuous time Dynamic Programming with diffusion and jump processes.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:20
Econ 520a. Advanced Microeconomic Theory: I

The first half of the course provides an introduction to the classical theory of choice and delves into nonstandard preference models, including preferences for commitment, preferences for the timing of resolution of uncertainty, reference dependent preferences and time-nonseparable preferences. The second half covers topics in game theory.

Instructor(s)
Dov Somet
Day/Time
Friday, 9:00-12:00
Econ 521b. Advanced Microeconomic Theory: II

Games with cheap talk (strategic information transmission, experts, and information cascades); repeated games under various monitoring assumptions; game theoretic models of reputations; and high order beliefs (implications for game theory and mechanism design.

Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:20
Econ 522a. Microeconomic Theory Lunch

Provides a forum for advanced students to examine critically recent papers in the literature and to present their own work. Permission of the instructor is required.

Day/Time
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:15pm
Econ 523b. Microeconomic Theory Lunch

Provides a forum for advanced students to examine critically recent papers in the literature and to present their own work. Permission of the instructor is required.

Day/Time
Tues. 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 525a. Advanced Macroeconomics: I

Macroeconomics with heterogeneous agents. DSGE models with complete and incomplete markets. Equilibrium in models with idiosyncratic and aggregate uncertainty. Non-convex adjustment costs, lumpy adjustment and generalized Ss models. Applications to the dynamics of the U.S. income distribution, sticky price models, investment and employment.

Zhen Huo, Sydney Ludvigson
Day/Time
Weds., 1:00-3:30; NOTE: 1st Class Sept. 14
Econ 526b. Advanced Macroeconomics: II

Macroeconomic equilibrium in the presence of uninsurable labor income risk. Implications for savings, asset prices, and unemployment.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wednesday 5:30-8:00
Econ 529a Macroeconomics of Networks

This course is intended as an introduction to the field of economic and financial networks.  Starting with some of the basic concepts and tools from graph theory, the focus of the course then shifts to frontier research topics, with applications to microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance.  Course is cross listed undergraduate Econ 440a

The expectation is that the final project submitted by graduate students is of high quality, with the potential of turning into a research paper.  Graduate students are expected to write a referee report on a working paper (not yet published) related to the literature by the end of the semester.  The report should contain a summary of the paper, its weak and strong points, the relevance of the question under study, and any potential mistakes.  It should also contain suggestions about alternative methods/models/questions the paper can address.

Alirez Tahbaz-Salehi
Day/Time
Monday 2:30-4:20
Econ 530a. Mathematical Economics I

This course gives a careful mathematical description of the general equilibrium underpinnings of the main models of finance and the new macroeconomics of collateral and default.  Part I is a review of Walrasian general equilibrium, including the mathematical techniques of fixed points and genericity, both taught from an elementary point of view.  Part II covers general equilibrium with incomplete markets (GEI).  Part III focuses on the special case of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).  Part IV focuses on the Modigliani Miller theorem and generic constrained inefficiency.  Part V describes collateral equilibrium and the leverage cycle.  Part VI covers default and punishment and adverse selection and moral hazard in general equilibrium.  Part VII describes monetary equilibrium.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wednesday, 4:00-7:00
Econ 531b. Mathematical Economics II

This course examines the foundations of money and finance from the perspective of general equilibrium with incomplete markets. The relevant mathematical tools from elementary stochastic processes to differential topology are developed in the course. Topics include asset pricing, variations of capital asset pricing model, the “Hahn Paradox” on the value of flat money, default and bankruptcy, collateral equilibrium, market crashes, adverse selection and moral hazard with perfect competition, credit card equilibrium and general equilibrium with asymmetric information.

Econ 536b. Optimization Techniques

Fundamental theory and algorithms of optimization, emphasizing convex optimization. The geometry of convex sets, basic convex analysis, the principle of optimality, duality. Numerical algorithms: steepest descent, Newton’s method, interior point methods, dynamic programming, unimodal search. Applications from engineering and the sciences.

Prerequisites: MATH 120 and 222, or equivalents. May not be taken after AMTH 237.

[Also ECON 413 / AMTH 437 / EENG437]

Econ 537a. Microeconomic Theory Workshop

This seminar will meet weekly. Presentations will be divided between research scholars and participating students. Speakers will be encouraged to spend the first half hour giving a brief history of thought on the questions they are addressing.

Day/Time
Wednesday 2:30 - 3:50
Econ 538b. Microeconomic Theory Workshop

This seminar will meet weekly. Presentations will be divided between research scholars and participating students. Speakers will be encouraged to spend the first half hour giving a brief history of thought on the questions they are addressing.

Day/Time
Wed. 2:30 - 3:50
Econ 540a. Macroeconomics Student Workshop (Macro Lunch)

A course for third and fourth year students doing research in macroeconomics to prepare their prospectuses and to present their dissertation work. Each student will be required to make at least two presentations per semester. For third year students and beyond, at least one of the presentations in the first semester should be a mock job talk.

Day/Time
Thursday 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 541b. Macroeconomics Student Workshop (Macro Lunch)

A course for third and fourth year students doing research in macroeconomics to prepare their prospectuses and to present their dissertation work. Each student will be required to make at least two presentations per semester. For third year students and beyond, at least one of the presentations in the first semester should be a mock job talk.

Day/Time
Thurs. 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 542a. Macroeconomics Workshop

A forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art research in macroeconomics. Presentations by research scholars and participating students of papers in closed economy and open economy macroeconomics and monetary economics.

Day/Time
Tuesday 2:20 - 3:50
Econ 543b. Macroeconomics Workshop

A forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art research in macroeconomics. Presentations by research scholars and participating students of papers in closed economy and open economy macroeconomics and monetary economics.

Day/Time
Tuesday 2:20 - 3:50pm
Econ 544a. Economic Analysis (IR)

This course introduces I.R. Students to more advanced concepts of micro and macro economic analysis in an applied context. Different economies in different stages of development will be used as illustrations of these concepts. Areas covered will include employment, income and interest rate determination as well as theories of consumption, investment, pricing, money and production.

Also Econ 560a.

Econ 545a. Microeconomics (IDE)

The first part of the course studies optimization and programming theory, which we then apply to the theory of producer and consumer behavior. The aim is to explain the logic of the basic mathematical techniques used in microeconomics. We then turn to a partial equilibrium analysis of perfect competition and monopoly, and to the welfare properties of general equilibrium. The course concludes with a brief introduction to game theory, with applications to imperfect competition. Problem sets and two exams are required.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday, 2:30-3:45
Econ 546a Growth and Macroeconomics

This course explores core concepts in growth theory and macroeconomics aimed at providing a good grounding in the theoretical concepts as well as their applications to practical realities in economics.  The course will cover topics in macroeconomics, including productivity, capital markets, labor markets, trade, financial crises and aggregate supply and demand.  For IDE students.

Gaurav Chiplunkar
Day/Time
Friday, 1:30-4:00
Econ 550a. Econometrics I

This course is designed to cover the mathematical and statistical material required for entry into Econometrics II. Syllabus: Introduction to measure theoretic probability; random variables, distributions and densities; expectations and conditional expectations; families of distributions and transformations; multivariate normal distribution; notion of statistical inference; the methods of estimation and optimality; decision theoretic approach; hypothesis testing; introduction to asymptotic theory; law of large numbers and central limit theorem; asymptotics for maximum likelihood estimation. Note: Students who have preparation equivalent to that of economics Ph.D. students will be admitted with permission of the instructor.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday, 1:00-2:20
Econ 551b. Econometrics II

This course is designed for first year Ph.D. students who eventually want to do research either in theoretical econometrics or in any other fields that have to estimate and test their economic models and/or conduct policy analysis. An Economic model is a family of probability distributions proposed by a researcher that could possibly have generated the data of some economic variables (viewed as random variables). Given the economic data (either cross section or time series or panel), a researcher would like to select a particular probability distribution from the family of distributions to “best match” the data.

In this course we take economic models as given, but will learn how to estimate a general class of parametric models or semiparametric models, how to conduct testing and inference given the data. We shall present all classical estimation and inference procedures, including linear regression, linear instrumental variables, nonlinear regression, quantile regression, minimum distance, generalized method of moments, maximum likelihood, quasi-maximum likelihood. We will discuss in detail: (1) identification of model parameters; (2) consistency, asymptotic normality, and semiparametric efficiency of various estimators; (3) hypothesis testing and model selection. In particular, we can present all the asymptotic theory within the framework of (non-linear) extreme estimation and testing. Empirical applications include estimation and inference of some popular economic models in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Prerequisite: Econ. 550a or equivalent. Basic knowledge of probability, matrix algebra and mathematical statistics.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:20
Econ 552b. Econometrics III

This course is designed for first-year students with a strong background in statistical theory and second year students who have taken Econometrics II (Econ 551). The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical background that is useful for research in econometric methods. The topics covered in this course are: (i) the basic linear model, including a review of relevant linear algebra and projection material (not covered in class), some optimality results of least squares (including loss and risk functions, sufficient statistics, and completeness), and finite sample testing results, (ii) some asymptotic theory not covered in econometrics I (Econ 550), (iii) consistency of extremum estimators–least squares, maximum likelihood, generalized method of moments, (iv) asymptotic normality of extremum estimators, (v) testing in nonlinear models (Wald, likelihood ratio, and Lagrange multiplier tests) and specification tests, (vi) parametric and nonparametric identification, with emphasis on the recent advances in nonparametric identifiability results, and (vii) basic nonparametric estimation techniques, such as kernel estimation, and various semiparametric estimators. Additional topics that will be discussed as time permits are: (viii) the bootstrap, (ix) simulation estimation, and (x) weak instruments.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:20
Econ 553a. Econometrics IV: Time Series Econometrics

This is a one semester version of a two-course sequence in time series econometrics. This course provides an introduction to time series methods in econometrics covering aspects of trend behavior, detrending mechanisms and their properties, unit root theory, cointegrated system approaches, realized volatility and quarticity, model selection, Wold and BN decompositions, nonlinear nonstationary models, spatial density asymptotics, and long memory modeling. Both time domain and frequency domain methods are discussed, and Bayesian as well as classical approaches are included. The treatment relies on asymptotic theory for linear processes, martingales and martingale approximations. Theory, computations and some empirical applications are discussed. Most classes are divided into two parts, one dealing with theory and the other with empirics. Credit for the course is obtained from a take home examination, a scientific overview paper, or an empirical paper that may be used for the applied econometrics paper requirement.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Friday, 1:00-5:00 Note: 1st class 9/2 2:30-5:00 Room B1
Econ 554b. Econometrics V

The first part of this course  deals with empirical likelihood (EL) and other nonparametric maximum likelihood methods (NPMLE). EL and NPMLE is a direct application of the maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method to nonparametric and semiparametric models. We focus on the rapidly growing literature on EL, though other applications of NPMLE will be also discussed. Applications to be covered include (conditional) moment restriction models, semiparametric discrete choice models, stratified/biased samples, mixture models, and measurement errors.

The second part of this course  covers nonparametric and semiparametric instrumental variables estimation. In particular, it focus on the case when the function of interest is identified through conditional moment restrictions and the estimation of the identified function involves the ill-posed inverse problems. Both sieve and kernel-based estimation methods are covered.

The third part of this course  covers inference with partial identification. The focus is on inference for parameters defined by unconditional or conditional moment inequalities and/or equalities. Applications of such methods include various missing data models and models with multiple equilibria.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Thursday 6:00-8:30
Econ 555b. Applied Econometrics II: Microeconomics

We will examine various program evaluation methods in econometrics.  First half focuses on non-structural methods and the second half focuses on methods based on structural modeling.  The lectures presume knowledge of graduate econometrics at the level of Wooldridge’s “Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data,” Hayashi’s “Econometrics,” or Amemiya’s “Advanced Econometrics.”  It will be useful for participants to have a concrete application in mind in taking the course to examine how he/she will apply the methods presented in the lectures.

Econ 556a. Topics in Empirical Economics & Public Polilcy

In this course a number of methods and approaches to empirical economic analysis are reviewed.  These are then illustrated and discussed with reference to specific empirical studies.  The emphasis is on learning to use methods and to developing an understanding on how specific empirical questions determine the empirical approach to be used.  As a result we review a broad range of approaches including program evaluation methods and structural modelling including estimation approaches, computational issues and problems with inference.

COURSE REQUIREMENT:  Term paper replicating and critically assessing an empirical study

This course is available only to Ph.D. students from the Department of Economics.  Exceptionally Ph.D. students from other departments can take the course for credit if a faculty member, normally from their department, can supervise and grade their term paper.

Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:50
Econ 557a. Econometrics VI

Description to come

Econ 558a. Statistics and Econometrics (IDE)

This is an introductory course in econometrics for IDE students. The topics in the course include basic probability and statistics; linear regression; estimation and testing of economic model.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45
Econ 559b Development Econometrics (IDE)

Description Forthcoming.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
T/Th 2:30-3:45
Econ 561b/417b Computational Methods in Economics

This course aims to teach students how to use computational methods to solve and analyze dynamic economic models. The first part of the course covers standard tools of numerical analysis that are useful in economics (minimization of functions, root-finding, interpolation, approximation of functions, integration, simulation). The second part shows how to use these tools to study dynamic economic problems in macroeconomics, finance, labor economics, public finance, and industrial organization. This part of the course pays special attention to methods for solving stochastic dynamic programming problems and for computing equilibria in economic models with heterogeneous actors.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:15
Econ 562a/421aCompSci 512a Designing the Digital Economy

to be determined

Glen Weyl
Day/Time
Monday 2:30-5:30
Econ 563a. Economics and Computation

A mathematically rigorous investigation of the interplay of economic theory and computer science with an emphasis on the relationship of incentive compatibility and algorithmic efficiency.  Particular attention is paid to the formulation and solution of mechanism-design problems that are relevant to data networking and Internet-based commerce.  Suitable for mathematically inclined or advanced undergraduates and first-or second-year graduate students in Computer Science, Economics, or closely related fields.  Some familiarity with basic algorithmics and basic microeconomic theory will be helpful but is not a formal prerequisite.

Also CPSC 555a.

Econ 567a. Econometrics Seminar

This seminar will provide a forum for state-of-the-art research in econometrics. Its primary purpose will be to disseminate the results and the technical machinery of the latest research in theoretical and applied fields. Efforts will be made to maintain a high level of effective communication through the conduct of the seminar and the provision of manuscripts.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wednesday, 4:00-5:20
Econ 568b. Econometrics Seminar

This seminar will provide a forum for state-of-the-art research in econometrics. Its primary purpose will be to disseminate the results and the technical machinery of the latest research in theoretical and applied fields. Efforts will be made to maintain a high level of effective communication through the conduct of the seminar and the provision of manuscripts.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wed. 4:00 - 5:30
Econ 569a Econometrics Research Workshop

A research workshop in econometrics where students, visitors, and faculty disseminate ideas and receive feedback on ongoing research.  Presentations typically emphasize conceptual advances and the technical details of developmental work.

Day/Time
Monday 2:30-3:50
Econ 569b Econometrics Research Workshop

A research workshop in econometrics where students, visitors and faculty disseminate ideas and receive feedback on ongoing research.  Presentations typically emphasize conceptual advances and the technical details of developmental work.

Day/Time
M 2:30-3:50
Econ 570a. Econometrics Prospectus Lunch

A course for 3rd and 4th year students doing research in econometrics to assist in research start-up, to prepare prospectuses and to present dissertation work.  Students are required to give one presentation in the prospectus lunch each semester and are encouraged to give two talks, one that overviews problems that interest them with potential for further research and one that provides more detailed developments in preparation for the required prospectus.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
M 12:00-1:00
Econ 571b. Econometrics Prospectus Lunch

A course for 3rd and 4th year students doing research in econometrics to assist in research start-up, to prepare prospectuses and to present dissertation work.  Students are required to give one presentation in the prospectus lunch each semester and are encouraged to give two talks, one that overviews problems that interest them with potential for further research and one that provides more detailed developments in preparation for the required prospectus.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday 12:00-1:00
Econ 580a. General Economic History: Western Europe

A survey of some major events and issues in the economic development of Western Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, stressing the causes, nature, and consequences of the industrial revolution in Britain and on the Continent, and the implications of the historical record for modern conceptions of economic growth. This course is intended for students in the Economics program. Simultaneous enrollment in or successful completion of Econ 500a and Econ 510a; permission of the instructor.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:20
Econ 581b. General Economic History: United States

This course will examine both the long-term factors (such as industrialization and the development of markets) and the epochal events (such as the Revolution, Civil War, and Great Depression) that have shaped the development of the American economy. The objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the major topics and debates in American economic history and to introduce students to the methods and materials of economic history.This course is intended for students in the Economics program.  Simultaneous enrollment in or successful completion of Econ 500a and Econ 510a; permission of the instructor.

Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-2:50
Econ 582a. Economic History of Latin America

This course examines some major issues and events in the economic growth and development of selected countries in Latin America during the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is on the institutions and other historical factors that have affected the relative long-run performance of Latin American countries and their implications for understanding economic development.

Econ 588a. Workshop in Economic History

This workshop is organized as a forum for discussion and criticism of research in progress. Presenters will include graduate students, Yale faculty, and visitors. Topics concerned with long-run trends in economic organization are suitable for the seminar. Special emphasis will be given to the use of statistics and of economic theory in historical research.

Day/Time
Monday, 4:00-5:30
Econ 589b. Workshop in Economic History

This workshop is organized as a forum for discussion and criticism of research in progress. Presentors will include graduate students, Yale faculty, and visitors. Topics concerned with long-run trends in economic organization are suitable for the seminar. Special emphasis will be given to the use of statistics and of economic theory in historical research.

Day/Time
Mon. 4:00-5:30
Econ 591a Economics of Poverty Alleviation (IDE)

Course Description Forthcoming

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:15
Econ 600a. Industrial Organization

The course combines theoretical and empirical analysis of market behavior. Methodologically, the emphasis is on identification and estimation of empirical models that are consistent with, or even derived directly from, theoretical models. Topics to be covered include collusion, demand estimation, differentiated products, oligopoly, entry and exit, vertical relations, auctions, dynamic oligopoly models, network markets, estimation of production functions, and the roles of moral hazard and adverse selection in markets. While the focus of the course will be on empirical work, the discussion of each topic will include the relevant theoretical framework.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:20
Econ 601b. Industrial Organization

The course combines theoretical and empirical analysis of market behavior. Methodologically, the emphasis is on identification and estimation of empirical models that are consistent with, or even derived directly from, theoretical models. Topics to be covered include collusion, demand estimation, differentiated products, oligopoly, entry and exit, vertical relations, auctions, dynamic oligopoly models, network markets, estimation of production functions, and the roles of moral hazard and adverse selection in markets. While the focus of the course will be on empirical work, the discussion of each topic will include the relevant theoretical framework.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:50
Econ 606a. Industrial Organization Prospectus Workshop

This workshop for third-year and other advanced students in industrial organization. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will (hopefully) lead to dissertations by those students. Each student must make at least one such presentation by the end of the year and multiple presentations by students at different stages of their research are encouraged. Students enrolled in this workshop are strongly encouraged to attend at least one advanced workshop in the field or fields that interest them.

Day/Time
Thursday 12:00-1:00 pm
Econ 607b. Industrial Organization Prospectus Workshop

This workshop for third-year and other advanced students in industrial organization. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will (hopefully) lead to dissertations by those students. Each student must make at least one such presentation by the end of the year and multiple presentations by students at different stages of their research are encouraged. Students enrolled in this workshop are strongly encouraged to attend at least one advanced workshop in the field or fields that interest them.

Day/Time
Thurs. 12:00-1:15
Econ 608a. Industrial Organization Seminar

For graduate students in applied micro economics and interested faculty. It will serve as a forum for presentation and discussion of work in progress of students, Yale faculty members, and invited speakers.

Day/Time
Tuesday 2:30-4:00
Econ 609b. Industrial Organization Seminar

For graduate students in applied micro economics and interested faculty. It will serve as a forum for presentation and discussion of work in progress of students, Yale faculty members, and invited speakers.

Day/Time
Tues 2:30-4:00
Econ 630a. Labor Economics

First semester: Topics covered will include: approaches to labor supply and family coordination of time allocation and commodity demand, incorporating gender and generational bargaining; human capital, job tenure, union status, and discrimination as wage determinants; wage inequality as affected by skill supplies, minimum wages, unions, immigration, and international trade; interpretation of compensating variations in wages as evidence on employer demands, job and location amenities.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday 2:30-4:00 B1; Thursday 2:30-4:00 106
Econ 631b. Labor Economics

Second semester: Topics covered will include static and dynamic models of labor supply, human capital wage function estimation, firm specific training, compensating wage differentials, discrimination, household production, bargaining models of household behavior, intergenerational transfers and mobility.

Day/Time
Tuesday 6:00-8:30
Econ 638a. Labor/Public Economics Workshop

A forum primarily for graduate students to exposit their research plans and findings. Students planning to write a dissertation on labor and human capital economics and related microeconomic and demographic household behavior should attend and participate. Discussions will encompass both high and low income countries. Faculty and several outside speakers will be invited to report on their research each term.

Day/Time
Thursday 4:10 - 5:40
Econ 639b. Labor/Public Economics Workshop

A forum primarily for graduate students to exposit their research plans and findings. Students planning to write a dissertation on labor and human capital economics and related microeconomic and demographic household behavior should attend and participate. Discussions will encompass both high and low income countries. Faculty and several outside speakers will be invited to report on their research each term. Weekly meetings will be held on Friday’s at noon.

Day/Time
Thurs. 4:10 - 5:40
Econ 640a. Labor/Public Economics Prospectus Workshop

This workshop is for third-year and other advanced students in labor and public finance. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will eventually lead to dissertation topics.

Day/Time
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 640b. Labor/Public Economics Prospectus Workshop

This workshop is for third-year and other advanced students in labor and public finance. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will eventually lead to dissertation topics.

Day/Time
Tues. 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 670a. Financial Economics I

The purpose of this course is to provide the foundations for the study of modern financial economics. Concentrating on individual’s consumption and portfolio decisions under uncertainty, we will explore the implications of these decisions on the valuation of securities. The focus will be on single period models although some dynamics, discrete-time models will be considered. Topics will include stochastic dominance, arbitrage, CAPM and APT.

Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 2:40-4:00
Econ 671b. Financial Economics II

The sequence of courses Financial Economics I and II examines financial theory in detail. The first term covers single-period models and the second term examines multi-period models. Topics covered include arbitrage, portfolio theory, efficient markets, CAPM, APT, contingent claims pricing and the term structure of interest rates.

Instructor(s)
Econ 672b Behavioral Finance

Much of modern financial economics works with models in which agents are rational, in that they maximize expected utility and use Bayes’ law to update their beliefs. Behavioral finance is a large and active field which studies models in which some agents are less than fully rational. Such models have two building blocks: limits to arbitrage, which make it difficult for rational traders to undo the dislocations caused by less rational traders; and psychology, which catalogues the kinds of deviations from full rationality we might expect to see. We discuss these two topics, and then consider a number of applications: asset pricing (the aggregate stock market and the cross-section of average returns); individual trading behavior; and corporate finance (security issuance, corporate investment, and mergers). This is a research-oriented course aimed at Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records and prior experience of graduate courses may register with the instructor’s permission. Grades will be based on a small number of referee reports and a final exam.

Instructor(s)
Econ 674b. Financial Crises

An elective doctoral course covering theoretical and empirical reserach on financial crises. The first half of the course focuses on general models of financial crises and historical episodes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second half of the course focuses on the recent financial crisis. Prerequisites: Mgmt 740a and 741b (doctoral students in Economics may substitute the core microeconomics sequence), and permission of the instructor.

Also: Mgmt 746b

Instructor(s)
Econ 680a. Public Finance I

This course has two objectives.  The primary objective is to teach the leading current tools and methods of public finance.  The second objective is to advance student’s development by providing training in the production of high-quality research.  This training may help students read, contribute to, and draw from recent progress in this literature.  The course covers major topics in public finance including externalities, public goods, benefit/cost analysis, fiscal federalism, social insurance, retirement savings, poverty and inequality, taxation, and others.  Applications will be provided to crime, education, environment and energy, health and health insurance, housing, and other markets and domains.  This course covers a variety of applied methods including sufficient statistics, randomized control trials, hedonic models, regression discontinuity, discrete choice, spatial equilibrium, dynamic growth models, differences-in-differences, integrated assessment models, applied general equilibrium, event studies, firm production functions, learning models, general method of moments, and propensity-score reweighting estimators.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday 4:00-7:00
Econ 681b. Public Finance II

This course will cover social insurance, health care, charitable giving, externalities, crime and an introduction to political economy. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion and to write and present a short empirical research paper.

A. Adams, J. Gregory
Day/Time
Tuesday 4:00-6:30
Econ 702b. International Economics (IDE)

International trade theory, International Finance and their implications for economic policy. The text will most likely be by Krugman and Obstfeld. Basic training of trade theory and open-macroeconomics with discussion of the implication of these theories and empirical findings to actual formation of policy and the conduct of international institutions. Discussions of Hamada’s recent experiences with the WTO, the IMF and the Japanese Government.

Econ 708b. International Economic Analysis (IR)

This course is a continuation of IR 560a/Econ 544a. It extends the use of economic analysis to international trade and monetary policy including exchange rates and balance of payments with an emphasis on their relation to international trade, cross border capital flows, and national economic policies. The second half of the course will introduce quantitative tools and analysis as a way to determine the effects of various policies, building on concepts introduced both in IR 560a/Econ 544a and the first part of this course.

Also IR 561b.

Econ 720a. International Trade I

This course will be organized in two parts. The first part will cover the basic theory of international trade, spanning from neoclassical perfect-competition theory where the trade is the result of comparative advantage (Ricardo, Hecksher-Ohlin), to the “New Trade Theory” where trade is generated by imperfect competition and increasing returns to scale. Particular emphasis will be placed on the implications of the different theories concerning the sources of gains from trade and the distributional implications of trade liberalization. The second part will focus on trade policy and international trade agreements. Topics will include: the classical theory of trade policies under perfect competition; the second-best theory of taxation in open economies; strategic trade policies under imperfect competition; political economy models of trade-policy making; the economic and political foundations of trade agreements, particularly the GATT/WTO; and the optimal design of trade agreements as (self-enforcing and incomplete) contracts between governments.

Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 1:15-2:30
Econ 721b. International Trade II

The course is the second part of International Trade and is jointly taught by Professors Costas Arkolakis and Samuel Kortum throughout the Spring Semester.  It covers basic theories of international trade, with an emphasis on quantitative models.  Topics include the behavior of individual producers in international markets, trade flows between nations, trade imbalances, welfare gains from trade, trade dynamics, networks and trade, and aggregate growth. We will develop theoretical models, evaluate their ability to capture key stylized facts, show how to estimate their parameters, and demonstrate their use in performing policy experiments.  The course involves a mix of theory, data, econometrics and computation.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Tuesday/Thursday 1:15-2:30
Econ 724b International Finance

Description Forthcoming

Day/Time
TBA
Econ 728a. Workshop in International Trade

This workshop is a forum for discussion about research in International Trade. Yale graduate students conducting dissertation research in issues related to International Trade are strongly encouraged to present their work. They need to discuss guidelines and scheduling with the seminar organizers. Students who anticipate undertaking work in trade are expected to attend the workshop and to register at least during one semester.

Day/Time
Wednesday 2:40 - 4:10
Econ 728b. International Trade Workshop

This workshop is a forum for discussion about research in International Trade. Yale graduate students conducting dissertation research in issues related to International Trade are strongly encouraged to present their work. They need to discuss guidelines and scheduling with the seminar organizers. Students who anticipate undertaking work in trade are expected to attend the workshop and to register at least during one semester.

Day/Time
Wed. 2:40 - 4:10
Econ 730a. Economic Development I

The goals of this course are two. The first half is to explore the application of microeconomic analysis to issues of development in poor countries. The second half will analyze the implications for Development of sectoral and economy-wide issues and policies such as growth, savings and investment (including foreign direct investment), domestic and external debt, fiscal, monetary, trade and exchange rate policies, and political economy. The focus of the microeconomic component of the course is the study of household behavior In developing countries. The course will cover formal and informal financial markets, household savings and investment decisions, education, health and nutrition, technological innovation and project evaluation. The focus of the second component is primarily on analytics of policy based on recent literature. Experience of individual and groups of developing countries will be used illustratively. This course presumes knowledge of development economics at an undergraduate level. Students should have knowledge of the structural characteristics of developing countries, and be familiar with the traditional models of development economics (basic growth theory, macroeconomic and trade theories and dual economy models). In addition, it is assumed that you have the first-year sequences in microeconomics and econometrics.

Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday, 10:30-11:50
Econ 731b. Economic Development II

Analysis of development since the second world war. Planning and policymaking across countries and over time. Models of development, growth, foreign trade and investment. Trade, capital and technology flows and increasing interdependence. Macroeconomics of Development; Monetary, Fiscal and Exchange Rate Policies; Stabilization and adjustment, models of speculative attacks and financial crises. The political economy of policymaking and policy reform. Developing countries in global financial and trading system and institutions.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 10:30-11:50
Econ 732b. Advanced Economic Development (IDE)

Examines the models of classical and modern economists to explain the transition of developing economies into modern economic growth, as well as their relevance to income distribution, poverty alleviation and human development outcomes. For students not pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics. This course will focus on development theory and policy and cover many of the topics included in Econ 730a and Econ 731b.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Friday, 1:30-4:00
Econ 735b. Economics of Agriculture

This course is directed toward understanding the performance of the agricultural sector in the process of economic development. In the first part of the course the role of the sector in aggregated (macro) growth and development theories, including the recent endogenous growth theories is reviewed. In the second part of the course several micro-economic topics focusing on the agricultural household are covered. These include production and cost efficiency, time allocation and labor use, (including migration), contracts under varying forms of market efficiency, nutrition and health. The third part of the course deals with the production and diffusion of improved agricultural technology. The fourth part deals with institutions, infrastructure and markets. The final section covers food security policy and international markets.

Also Econ 329b.

Econ 736a. Economics of Technology

Focus on an analysis of the microeconomic incentives for the discovery and adoption of new technology and on the macroeconomic implications of technical change. Topics include the incentives to conduct research and development; patents and other means of appropriating the returns from R&D investment; measuring the effects of technical change; national policies for directing technical change.

Also Econ 479a.

Econ 737b/330b Economics of Natural Resources

Microeconomic theory brought to bear on current issues in natural resource policy. Topics include regulation of pollution, hazardous waste management, depletion of the world’s forests and fisheries, wilderness and wildlife preservation, and energy planning.

Also Econ 330b.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 10:30-11:50
Econ 740b. Experimental Economics Seminar

This is a doctoral level course on field experiments, i.e., controlled experiments that take place outside the university laboratory. The course includes standard laboratory-type surveys in non-standard environments, all the way to fully “natural” experiments in which the subjects do not realize that they are participating in controlled research. The course will be part methodological (e.g. selection bias, human subjects concerns, statistical techniques) and part substantive. A large focus will be on design of experiments, across many sub-fields within economics and other social science disciplines, with a large attention to using experiments to test theories. The major requirement for the course (in addition to presenting and critiquing papers from the literature) will be to fully design an implementible field experiment. Topics covered will include racial discrimination; incentives and cooperation; risk and time preferences; commitment and self-control; savings behavior; credit behavior; public health; education; charitable giving; altruism and social preferences; and possibly more depending on interest. Despite the long list of topics, research from developing countries will receive more than its pro-rata share of attention. Students from non-economics fields are welcome to contact the professors to discuss enrollment.

Econ 749a. Development Workshop

This workshop is designed as a forum for graduate students and faculty with an interest in international trade and economic problems of developing countries. Faculty, students, and a limited number of outside speakers will discuss research work in progress. Student participants will be encouraged to develop and present a workshop paper in each term. The scope of topics includes: international trade (theory, policy and empirical analysis), agricultural and rural development, industrial development, employment, poverty and income distribution, structural adjustment and macroeconomic stabilization and interaction of international trade and development.

Day/Time
Monday 2:30-3:50
Econ 750b. Development Workshop

This workshop is designed as a forum for graduate students and faculty with an interest in international trade and economic problems of developing countries. Faculty, students, and a limited number of outside speakers will discuss research work in progress. Student participants will be encouraged to develop and present a workshop paper in each term. The scope of topics includes: international trade (theory, policy and empirical analysis), agricultural and rural development, industrial development, employment, poverty and income distribution, structural adjustment and macroeconomic stabilization and interaction of international trade and development.

Day/Time
Mon. 2:30-3:50
Econ 756a. Development Prospectus Workshop [Development Lunch]

This workshop is for third-year and other advanced students in Development. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will eventually lead to dissertation topics.

Day/Time
Monday 12:00 - 1:15
Econ 756b. Development Prospectus Workshop [Development Lunch]

This workshop is for third-year and other advanced students in Development. It is intended to guide students in the early stages of dissertation research. The emphasis will be on presentation and discussion of material by students that will eventually lead to dissertation topics.

Day/Time
Mon. 12:00-1:15
Econ 776a Economics of Taxation: Theory and Policy

This class focuses on the economic theories of taxation and their policy implications, both from a public finance and a macroeconomic perspectives.  Three main topics include:  labor income taxation, taxation of capital and optimal unemployment insurance.

Note:  This class will be a 1/2 credit class taught for 1/2 term.

Nicolas Werquin
Day/Time
Monday/Wednesday 9:00-10:20 NOTE: first class 10/24/16
Econ 776b. The Economics of Population

Analysis of economic aspects of population change including fertility, mortality, health, marriage, migration, and labor force behavior. Microeconomic models of household behavior incorporating gender and inter-generational bargaining over resource allocation, are used to explain behavior in contemporary low- and high-income countries. Policy interventions that seek to improve health, reduce fertility, or change work patterns are then evaluated statistically based on the developed models of household behavior.

Also Econ 462b.

Econ 780b. Economic Development and Political Economy

This is a Ph.D. level course on topics in political economy and economic development.  The six-week, .5 credit course intensively studies empirical papers on the role of formal and informal institutions in economic development – e.g., elections, social capital, trust, central planning, famine, foreign aid and conflict.  The class will cover many papers and students will be expected to actively participate in discussion.  The prerequisites are the first-year Ph.D. level courses in mico and macro economics, and econometrics, or by instructor approval.

Econ 786a. International Political Economy

This new course will cover a range of major topics in international political economy. It is intended as a complement to Economics 787b/Polsci 752b and Economics 700a. It will assume rational behavior of individuals and groups with respect to economic and political decision, given relevant constraints, but in a predominantly international context. Since a primary intent of the course is to foster interdiciplinary discussion and research in this area, the range of topics covered (and methods of analysis) will depend to some extent on the interests and prior analytical training of participants. Among the likely topics are international trade, international finance, economic integration, international institutions, harmonization of international labor and environmental standards, and policy reform. Students will be asked to prepare class presentations and to write a course paper.

Econ 788a. Political Competition

WPolitical competition in democracies is party competition. We develop, from the formal viewpoint, theories of party competition in democracies. The familiar “median voter theorem” of A. Downs is the simplest example of such a theory, but it is inadequate in several ways. We develop a theory in which parties: (1) compete over several issues, not just one issue, as in Downs; (2) are uncertain about how citizens will respond to platforms; and (3) represent interest groups in the population. Applications, particularly to the theory of income distribution and taxation, are studied.

Also PolSci 575a.

Econ 788a/PolSci 575a Political Competition

Description Forthcoming

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wednesday 9:25-11:15
Econ 790b. Political Economy

The course provides an overview of the field of empirical political economy. While students will be expected to familiarize themselves with the most prevalent models in the field, the emphasis in this course will be on the applied work. The goal is for students to attain a working knowledge of the literature, to learn to critically evaluate the literature and most importantly to develop the skills to come up with interesting, workable and theoretically grounded research questions that will push that literature forward.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Wednesday 2:30-5:00
Econ 792b. Political Economy of Institutions and Development

Description forthcoming.

Also PoliSci 721b.

Econ 793b. Comparative and International Political Economy

The first section of the course will focus on the link between theoretical models and current work in empirical political economy. Topics may include war, ethnic fragmentation, the resource curse, the optimal size of jurisdictions, decentralization, and federalism. Emphasis will be placed on structural estimation techniques where applicable. The second section of the course will focus on endogenous trade policies, and in particular on optimal trade policies under perfect competition and under oligopoly; the political economy of unilateral trade policy; and the economics of international trade agreements. Both theoretical and empirical work on these topics will be discussed.

Econ 794b. The Economics and Political Economy of Trade Policy

This course that focuses on theoretical and empirical research in international trade policy.  More specifically, the course will focus on three topics:  (i) welfare analysis of trade policies under perfect completion and under oligopoly;(ii) the political economy of trade policy; and (iii) the economics and political economy of international trade agreements. The prerequisites for the course are the two first-year Ph.D. courses in microeconomics.

Instructor(s)
Day/Time
Friday 1:00-4:00
Econ 795b. Topics in Political Economy

Course Description Forthcoming.

Econ 797b. Institutions, Politics, and Economic Policy (in Developing Countries)

This course examines issues on the political economy of institutions, with an empirical emphasis on developing countries (especially in Latin American) from a comparative perspective. It draws on theoretical tools and concepts used mostly in economics (such as game theory and the new institutional economics) to look into issues that are largely political. The first part of the class looks into theories of institutions and of institutional development, with emphasis on long-term development paths and on the endogeneity of institutions. The second part of the class investigates the contemporaneous functioning of political systems and policymaking processes, and their effects on public policies and economic performance. Some empirical topics include federalism, redistribution, and social policies. The emphasis will be on the ideas, not on the modeling per se, but students should be able to read materials that base their arguments on mathematical models and/or econometric evidence. The class is geared towards graduate students in Economics and Political Science — and it assumes some knowledge of game theory and of classic results in public choice / social choice theory.

Econ 798a. Equity and Climate Change

Climate change presents two important challenges for equity: 1) How should the rights to emit carbon into the biosphere be allocated across the present and future generations (i.e., equity across time) and 2) how should the rights … be allocated among regions of the world in the next 75, or so, years (i.e., equity across space). The course will present work, mainly by economists, addressing these issues. The problem will be to study paths of resource use which maximize an appropriate intergenerational social welfare function, subject to emitting a time-stream of CO2 which will maintain atmospheric concentration of carbon at an acceptable level. We will address debates involving utilitarianism, sustainability, and appropriate rates at which to discount the utility of future generations.

Also PolSci 724a.

Econ 890b. Stochastic Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Games

Stochastic dynamic programming is the theory of how to “control” a stochastic process so as to maximize the chance, or the expected value, of some objective. For example, a player might try to choose bets (investments) to maximize the chance of winning $1000 while playing roulette (the stock market). The subject is also known as Markov decision theory, stochastic control, or even gambling theory. The multitude of names is due in part to the many fields of application which include statistics, economics, operations research, and mathematical finance. The course will cover the basic theory of discrete-time dynamic programming including backward induction, discounted dynamic programming, positive, and negative dynamic programming. Several examples will be treated in detail. In a stochastic game, two or more players jointly control a stochastic process. Typically the players have different objectives and each player seeks to control the process in a way favorable to him or her. There will be an introduction of some fundamental concepts of game theory including the notions of the value of a two-person, zero-sum game and a Nash equilibrium for an n-person game. These concepts will then be used to study n-person stochastic games. The course will introduce strategic market games. These are stochastic games with infinitely many players that are used to model certain aspects of a large economy.

Econ 899a. Independent Reading and Research

Description forthcoming.

Econ 899b. Independent Reading and Research

Description forthcoming.