Economic Statistics. Introduction to the statistical tools used by economists. Topics include probability theory, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple regression analysis. Lecture, discussion, problem sets, and computer applications.
Economic Modeling. Introduction to the use of formal models to analyze economic behavior. Examples from many areas of economics will be used to develop the ability to construct and analyze economic models.
Security Valuation and Portfolio Theory. The selection and valuation of financial assets, particularly corporate stocks. Financial markets and the economy, efficient-markets hypotheses, security-valuation models, decision making under uncertainty, portfolio selection, and capital-asset pricing.
Financial Decisionmaking. A computer-based simulation of the management of financial supermarkets. The class is divided into teams that analyze financial data and make weekly portfolio decisions.
Original Research. The students in this seminar will collaborate with me in writing original research papers that will be submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals.