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Shakespeare and Markets

In this course, we will discuss how lessons from Shakespeare's plays can provide insight into human behavior in today's financial markets as well as other marketplaces, such as ones for ideas, politics, policy and technology. Plays will include The Tempest, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and others. We will draw lessons about policy errors, cultural and political dislocation, regime changes, demographic conflicts etc. in current financial, political and macroeconomic environments. We will also talk about human biases in decision-making, and how these transcend cultural and historic

Understanding Financial Bubbles and Crises

Examines the similarities/differences of historical financial crises from “Tulipmania” through the Great Recession to better understand our current economic environment. Explores the regulatory changes that are enacted post-crisis and determines factors that might prevent future economic bubbles/crises. Class includes guest speakers from the NY financial community who experienced recent crises from 1987 Black Monday Crash through Credit Crisis of 2008 to provide an inside view and feel of the markets during those periods. Consent of instructor is required.

Corporate Finance Theory: Governance, Incentives and Valuation

Course uses tools of contract theory (information economics, mechanism design, and game theory) to analyze key features of corporate structure, performance, and valuation. Investigates critical interactions among stakeholders in a modern business enterprise (directors, executives, management, labor, financiers, shareholders, and regulators) in achieving goals and objectives of the corporation.

Computer Modeling

Introduction to the use of computer techniques in economic policy evaluation; policy applications to international economics, public finance and development economics; computer analysis of linearized and nonlinear models using Excel and GAMS. Students required to complete a major modeling project. Pre-requisites: ECON205D and 210D. One course / 3 units.

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International Monetary Economics

Financial aspects of growth and income determination, and macroeconomic policy in open economies. Applications to exchange rate determination, capital markets, fluctuations in the trade balance and current account, monetary and fiscal policies in open economies, currency crises, and monetary reform. Significant research component required. Economics MA students only. One course / 3 units.

Applied Econometrics in Microeconomics

Empirical research in microeconomics, with emphasis on three main sub-fields: labor economics, public economics, and industrial organization. Focus on current empirical research in these areas and student independent analysis of current research using statistical software. Same as ECON411, but additional work required. Not open to students who have taken ECON411. Pre-requisite: ECON208D or 608D. One course / 3 units.

Time Series Econometrics

Empirical research in macroeconomics and international finance, providing students with a series of econometric tools for empirical analysis of time-series and an introduction to the current empirical research in macroeconomics, international finance, and forecasting. Small project and simple empirical research required. Pre-requisites: Satisfactory performance (as judged by the instructor) in Econometrics (ECON208D) plus a course in Linear Algebra or consent of the instructor. A course in macroeconomics (ECON210D) is very useful but not strictly enforced. One course / 3 units.

Economic Science Studies

Application of techniques of science and technology studies to problems in the history, philosophy, methodology and sociology of economics. Addresses modern economics as an illustrative case of issues arising in Studies of Scientific Knowledge. What counts as “fact” in economics? Who decides, and by what processes of negotiation? Does accepting that knowledge in economics as a construct reduce the usefulness of that knowledge and affect the notion of progress in economic science? Why has mathematical economics enjoyed such success in recent decades?

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