Senior Seminars and Advanced Lectures (Spring 2017)

Space in senior seminars and advanced lecturers is limited; enrollment is capped at a low level to ensure the seminar character. Seniors who are declared majors in economics, economics & math and EP&E majors, who have taken 2 of the 3 core courses and met all of the “prerequisites” may pre-register for advanced lecture courses (numbered 401-449) and seminars (numbered 450-489), unless they have already met the senior requirement.

Seniors in their 4th year are placed before accelerated seniors in their 3rd year. Juniors in their 3rd year are placed before accelerated juniors in their 2nd year. We have found that most economics accelerated students (94%) decelerate, so only a handful of students who accelerate actually graduate early and need the seminars early. We will honor your accelerated status based on the priority system outlined above.

Students of all classes and regardless of pre-registration eligibility may shop 400+ courses with open spaces. Priority for open spaces are awarded in order of class, seniors before juniors, etc. The seminar and 400+ preregistration lists, posted here, will note if a class is open or closed. Closed seminars are overenrolled in preregistration; in other words attrition is already accounted for. There are no waiting lists. Unfortunately, for closed seminars, there is little hope for a space opening. 

(Note: Pre-registration will next take place in August 2017).

Preregistration for advanced lecture courses (numbered 401-449) and seminars (numbered 450-489) will take place using an online “preference selection” system. The system will be restricted to senior majors in economics or EP&E who have not already been admited to Econ 450 (Investment Analysis). Eligible seniors will use the system to express rank-ordered preferences for up to five courses/seminars.Students will be able to enter and revise their preferences from 9:00am Monday, August 7, 2017 to 5:00pm Monday, August 14, 2017.

After preregistration closes, all students who preregistered will be assigned to one advanced lecture course or seminar.  Every attempt will be made to meet students’ preferences, and in cases where caps on enrollment bind, students will be chosen by random lottery.  The system can be accessed by clicking at this link: “Seminar Preregistration”. Seniors will receive instructions on how to access the system before it opens.

The advanced lecture courses and seminars being offered in Fall 2017 are listed below, along with brief descriptions and you can access all the information from the Seminar Booklet also.


Econ 405a. Economics of Health and Healthcare
Econ 407a. International Finance  
Econ 409a. Firm, Markets and Competition
Econ 413a. Optimization Techniques  
Econ 414a. Economic Models of New Technology
Econ 420a. Applied Microeconometrics
Econ 421a. Designing the Digital Economy
Econ 422a. Neuroeconomics for Economists


Econ 441a. Economics of Information, Learning and Communication
ECON 448a. Employment Education and Public Policy
Econ 450a. Investment Analysis         CLOSED         
Econ 454a. Evolution of Central Banking
Econ 459a. Behavioral Mechanism Design and Contract Theory
Econ 460a. Financial Economics, Information and Predictions
Econ 465a. Debating Globalization
Econ 475a. Discrimination in Law: Theory, and Practice
Econ 476a. The Theory and Application of Corporate Credit Investing
Econ 478a. Bounded Rationality
Econ 481a. Empirical Microeconomics