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Maxwell School
Maxwell / Department of Economics

Ph.D. Program

Course Descriptions

ECN 605 Mathematics for Economics 3 SS
Mathematical techniques required in economics. Calculus, matrix algebra, difference and differential equations, and set theory. Calculus recommended.

ECN 611 Microeconomics I 3 Y
Consumer and firm theory. Analytic techniques and application to economic models. Prereq: (ECN 601 and 602) or equivalent.

ECN 612 Microeconomics II 3 Y
General equilibrium theory and advanced topics in economic theory. Prereq: ECN 611.

ECN 613 Macroeconomics I 3 Y
Aggregate economic analysis. Emphasizes macroeconomic models and main currents in contemporary macroeconomic thought. ECN 611 recommended.

ECN 614 Macroeconomics II 3 Y
Advanced topics and recent developments in macroeconomics. Inflation theory, monetary theory, open economies, rational expectations, and current controversies. Prereq: ECN 613.

ECN 615 History of Economic Thought 3 E
Economic theories of antiquity to the twentieth century. Prereq: one year of graduate theory.

ECN 620 Foundations of Econometrics 3 SS
Probability and statistics. Random variables, joint probability distributions, point estimation, and hypothesis testing procedures.

ECN 621 Econometrics I 3 Y
Mathematical formulation of economics models. Statistical problems of estimating parameters in regression analysis.

ECN 622 Econometrics II 3 Y
Estimation problems and techniques in more complex economic models. Prereq: ECN 621.

ECN 705 Advanced Mathematical Economics 3 SI
Selected topics. develops student's ability to read the economics journals. Prereq: Ecn 612 and 614.

ECN 710 Advanced Theory 3 SI
Selected topics in advanced micro-or macroeconomics. Prereq: ECN 612 and 614.

ECN 720 Advanced Econometrics 3 Y
Selected topics in applied and advanced econometrics. Prereq: ECN 622.

 

Public Economics Field

ECN 731 Public Expenditures 3 Y
Theory of public goods; incidence of expenditures; intergovernmental relations; expenditure determinants, benefit-cost analysis.

ECN 732 Taxation 3 Y
Tax structures at federal, state, and local levels. Incidence and effects of property, income, and commodity taxation. Analysis of tax equity.

 

Urban Economics Field

ECN 741 Urban Economics 3 Y
Urban land use patterns, transportation and housing. Theoretical and quantitative framework.

ECN 745 Regional Economics 3 Y
Theory and analysis of regional economics; interregional income theory and factor movements, regional growth, accounts, and policy.

 

Labor Economics Field

ECN 751 Labor Economics I 3 Y
Theory and evidence. Static and dynamic models or labor supply and demand, human capital, wage determination, and effects of family background on labor market outcomes.

ECN 752 Labor Economics II 3 Y
Income distribution, effects of health on work and wages, discrimination, retirement decisions, and impacts of government programs and policies.

 

International Economics Field

ECN 765 Advanced International Trade 3 Y
Trade theory, derivation of models, theory of protection. Impact of technology, market structure, and taxation on pattern of trade.

ECN 865 Topics in International Economics 3 Y
Understanding of intuition, theory, and methods underlying current research on trade and trade policy. Overall picture of research on international trade policy.

 

Dissertation Related Courses

ECN 820 Dissertation Workshop I 3 Y
Providing guidance for beginning dissertators. Coverage includes: establishing a topic (originality, importance, search); trade off and balance between theory and empirical research; and selection of advisor and committee. Prereq: Economics Ph.D. students or those in related disciplines.

ECN 821 Dissertation Workshop II 3 Y
For dissertators beyond the beginning stages. Providing critical feedback for those who are in advanced stage. Coverage includes, oral and written presentation, packaging research, and giving and responding to constructive feedback. Prereq: ECN 820 or permission of instructor.

 

GRD 998 Degree in Progress 0 S 
ECN 999 Dissertation  0 - 15 Y

 

3- Refers to the number of academic hours the course carries.
Y- indicates that the course is offered at least once every academic year (fall and spring, not summer).
S- indicates that the course is offered every semester.
SS- indicates that the course is offered summer only.