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New Economics Courses

The Economics of Financial Crises (Econ 4389) – starting Spring 2016

Reviews the history of financial crises from ancient times until present, and introduces economic models to understand the mechanisms behind them. Covers topics in central banking, fiscal policy, sovereign debt, speculation and international transmission of crises.

Prerequisites: ECON 3334 or consent of instructor.

Selected Topics in Applied Econometrics (Econ 4395)

This course is a continuation of Econ 3370 and introduces students to several extensions of multiple regression methods for analyzing data in economics and related disciplines. Topics might include regressions with panel data, instrumental variables regression, analysis of randomized experiments, regressions with time series data, forecasting, probability models, survival analysis, etc. See semester course listing section sub-titles and descriptions for details. Note this course is required for the Certificate of Quantitative Economics.

Prerequisite: Econ 3370

Regression Causal Modeling and Social Science Data Mining (Econ 4338)

The course focuses on very basic statistical data mining tools. Topic areas include review of multiple regression analysis, models of association and clustering, statistical learning models, the explanation of individual behaviors, and simple forecasting models. This is an applied statistics and not a course in computer science or database management.

Prerequisite: Econ 3370

Behavioral Economics (Econ 4374)

The course explores various ways in which the predictions of classical economic theory fail in the real world and attempts to modify the theories to take into consideration these deviations and better explain and predict human behavior. This course will introduce students to the basic findings of this field and give them the tools to formulate new theories, test predictions, and apply the insights from behavioral economics to the real world.

Prerequisite: Econ 3332