Spring 2017 Courses and Syllabi

Course Offerings for Spring 2017 & Previous Syllabi

Below is the most recent version available of a syllabus from the professor that will teach the course in Spring 2017. These are not the official syllabi for Spring 2017.

If there isn't a syllabus available for a class from the professor teaching it, the syllabus from previous professors will be provided or a course description written by the Spring 2017 professor. These are marked with a “*”.

If a course is not listed on this website you should assume that we do not plan to offer it this Spring. However, if there are any changes to what we offer this page will be updated immediately. Updates can be made to course offerings before course registration begins on November 7th, so please check this site again before then.

We will be offering two new classes this Spring: Global Financial Markets (ECON 4365) and Economics of Africa (ECON 3559). Also, there is a NEW section of ECON 4430, added recently. Scroll down to learn more!

(Released October 17, 2016. Last updated, January 11, 2017.)

ECON 2010 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics

Carter Doyle - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Marc Santugini - Fall 2016 syllabus

ECON 2020 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

Lee Coppock - Spring 2016 Syllabus

ECON 3010 Intermediate Microeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 2010 and CALC II (MATH 1220, MATH 1320, APMA 1110, MATH 2310, MATH 2315 or APMA 2120).

Andrew Kloosterman - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Peter Troyan - Spring 2016 Syllabus

ECON 3020 Intermediate Macroeconomics

Prerequisites: ECON 2020 and ECON 3010 or 3110.

Jae Won Lee- Fall 2016 Syllabus

Maria Westerfield - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Eric Young - Spring 2011 Syllabus

ECON 3030 Money and Banking

Prerequisites: ECON 2020.

Zach Bethune - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Carter Doyle - Fall 2016 Syllabus

ECON 3050 Economics of Welfare Reform

*Instructor Permission*, Prerequisite: ECON 2010.

Ed Olsen -  Spring 2015 Syllabus

NEW CLASS! ECON 3559 Economics of Africa

Prerequisites: ECON 2010 and ECON 2020.

Mark Plant - Course description

ECON 3720 Introduction to Econometrics

Prerequisites: STAT 2120 or  STAT 3120 or APMA 3110 or APMA 3120.

Karim Chalak - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Ronald Michener - Fall 2016 Syllabus

Laura Giuliano: Laura Giuliano is a visiting professor from the University of Miami.  Professor Giuliano received her BA from the University of Virginia and her PhD from UC-Berkeley.  She has just finished serving as Senior Economist for President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

ECON 4080 Law and Economics

Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or ECON 3110, or insructor permission.

Maria Westerfield - Fall 2016 Syllabus

ECON 4150 Economics of Labor

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or 3110, and STAT 2120, or ECON 3720 or equivalent, or instructor permission.

Laura Giuliano: Laura Giuliano is a visiting professor from the University of Miami.  Professor Giuliano received her BA from the University of Virginia and her PhD from UC-Berkeley.  She has just finished serving as Senior Economist for President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

ECON 4170 The Economics of Information and Uncertainty*

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or 3110, and ECON 3020

Marc Santugini

Course information: The course covers the principle areas of the field of risk, uncertainty and information. We begin with individual decision-making under risk. We provide an introduction to the theory of preferences among lotteries, including the expected utility framework as well as the concepts of riskiness and risk aversion. Applications include portfolio choice, the demand for insurance, precautionary savings, and the theory of production under risk. We then turn to market equilibrium under risk and define the concept of rational expectations. Two main applications are the behavior of the firm(s) facing risk under different market structures (e.g., perfect competition, oligopoly) and risk sharing under symmetric information. We finally consider situations of uncertainty (different from situations of risk) and information. We first look at decision making and risk sharing under asymmetric information. We then study decision-making when agents are also Bayesian learners. 

ECON 4190 Industrial Organization

Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or ECON 3110.

David Mills - Fall 2015 Syllabus

ECON 4200 Antitrust Policy

*Instructor Permission*, Prerequisite: ECON 2010.

Kenneth Elzinga - Spring 2015 Syllabus

An application is required for admission into this class, please the following document for additional information: ECON 4200 Enrollment Info 2017 (pay attention to the application deadline).

**Second section pending - to be taught by Anthony Swisher - Spring 2016 Syllabus- application is not required for Professor Swisher's section.**

ECON 4210 International Trade: Theory and Policy

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or 3110, and MATH 1220, and ECON 3720 or 4720 or STAT 3220. (ECON 3010/3110 and CALC II will be more heavily used.)

Kerem Cosar - Spring 2017 Syllabus (final syllabus will be provided by instructor)

ECON 4220 International Finance and Macroeconomics

Prerequisite: ECON 3020.

Eric Van Wincoop - Spring 2016 Syllabus

ECON 4230 Seminar on Trade and Development

Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or 3110, and either ECON 4210 or ECON 4610.

John McLaren - Spring 2016 Syllabus

ECON 4360 Empirical Finance

*Instructor Permission*, Prerequisites: Must have met the Financial Economics concentration declaration prerequisites.

Steven Peterson - Spring 2016 Syllabus

NEW CLASS! ECON 4365 Global Financial Markets

Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or 3110

Ana Fostel - Spring 2016 Syllabus (Formally ECON 4559).

ECON 4370 Behavioral Finance

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or 3110, and ECON 4340.

Edwin Burton - Spring 2016 Syllabus

ECON 4430 Environmental Economics

Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or 3110.

Sheetal Sekhri - Spring 2016 Syllabus

Spencer Phillips - Spring 2017 Syllabus (Draft) and sample lecture slides

ECON 4440 Economic Inequality

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or ECON 3110 and ECON 3720 or 4720.

James Harrigan - Fall 2016 Syllabus

ECON 4559 Hedge Fund Economics

Prerequisites: Must have completed ECON 3010 or ECON 3110 and ECON 4720

This course surveys the theory and practice of buy-side/hedge-fund investing, including topics such as interest rates, options, risk management, mortgage-backed securities, capital structures, insurance/reinsurance, commodities, currencies, macro, and more.

Sunit Shah received his BA in Economics and Mathematics and his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.  He co-authored the book Behavioral Finance:  Understanding the Social, Cognitive and Economic Debates (published by Wiley) with Professor Edwin Burton.  Professor Shah's experience in finance includes seven years of financial modeling for Life Settlement Consulting and Management, a position at Stanfield Capital Partners modeling movements of credit spreads, and corporate finance analysis at the Boston Consulting Group for a billion-dollar household products company. Prior work also includes founder's roles in both a dot com and a financial start-up as well as consulting for firms such as Investure, LLC and the CFA Institute. Over the past ten years, Shah has taught introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate economics courses in microeconomics, statistics, and finance.

ECON 4610 Economic Development*

Prerequisite: ECON 2020, and ECON 3010 or 3110, and ECON 3720/4720 or STAT 3220.

Sandip Sukhtankar

Detailed course description for Economics 4610, Economic Development

A large proportion of the world’s population lives on less than $2/day.  The goal of this course is to better understand the lives of the world’s poor.  What are their lives like?  Why do they remain poor?  Specifically, what price distortions and market failures hinder their quest to improve their well-being?  Is there scope for policy to help the world’s poor?  

We do not answer these questions with anecdotes and abstract theory.  Rather, we examine detailed survey data of the world’s poor, and look at policies that have been attempted and evaluated scientifically. We consider why extreme poverty and hunger, child mortality, low levels of education, gender inequality, corruption and child labor are pervasive in the developing world. We also examine the economic consequences of globalization and infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. For each topic, we seek to understand the factors and constraints influencing decision-making in developing countries. This course will also explore topics of contemporary interest in development economics, including institutions and governance, microfinance, cash transfers, migration, and randomized control trials.

This course requires a solid understanding of how to read and interpret statistics, as well as a basic understanding of economic principles.

ECON 4810 Advanced Macro Theory

Prerequisites: ECON 3010 and ECON 3020. *Instructor Permission no longer required- regular enrollment.*

Toshihiko Mukoyama - Spring 2014 Syllabus

ECON 4880 Seminar in Policy Analysis

*Instructor Permission*, Prerequisites: ECON 3010 or 3110, ECON 3720, and ECON 4310.

Leora Friedberg - Spring 2016 Syllabus

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