This seminar is designed to help graduate students in economics cultivate ethical research practices they may apply in future work at or beyond the University. Students are encouraged to discuss concerns that may arise during the conduct of their research with experienced faculty and devise solutions for dealing with these concerns. The course provides necessary training for newly mandated RCR training for graduate students supported by government grants, and is required for successful completion of the program.
Responsible Conduct of Research in Economics
Instructors: Christopher A. Sims
Statistics and Data Analysis for Economics
An introduction to probability and statistical methods for empirical work in economics. Probability, random variables, sampling, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation and hypotheses testing, introduction to the regression model.
Instructors: Ulrich K. Mueller
The Chinese Economy
Institutional, theoretical and quantitative study of the Chinese economy. Topics include historical background, period of planning and political movements, economic reform, economic growth and fluctuations, macro economic policy, consumption, regional disparity, population, human capital, banking and financial system, state enterprise restructuring, foreign trade and investment, the legal system, science and education, environmental problems and policy, and the functioning and characteristics of the Chinese economy in general.
Instructors: Gregory C. Chow
Topics in Industrial Organization (Half Term)
This course covers the production-approach to market power, a framework to recover estimates of marginal cost, efficiency and markups. A key ingredient to this approach is the estimation of production functions, a vibrant literature that connects scholars across a wide range of fields, including macro, trade, development and IO. The course starts by discussing recent methods and developments in the estimation of cost and production functions, which are then used to discuss the estimation of markups using production data. The course connects distinct literatures on production function estimation, market power and pass-through.
Instructors: Jan K.S. De Loecker
Topics in Labor Economics
The course surveys both the theoretical literature and the relevant empirical methods and results in selected current research topics in labor economics.
Instructors: Alan B. Krueger, Alexandre Mas
Topics in Macroeconomics
This course uses economic theory to study credit boom, financial crisis and public policy. The topics include historical overivew of financial crises, credit and asset price booms, banking crisis, balance of payment crisis, sovereigh debt crisis, and monetary, fiscal and macro prudential policies.
Instructors: Nobuhiro Kiyotaki
Drafts of papers, articles, and chapters of dissertations or books, prepared by graduate students, faculty members, or visiting scholars, are exposed to critical analysis by a series of seminars organized by field. The chief objectives are for the writers to receive the benefit of critical suggestions, for all participants to gain experience in criticism and uninhibited oral discussion, and for students and faculty members to become acquainted with the research work going on in the department. Third- and fourth-year graduate students are expected to attend; first-and second-year students and faculty members are invited to attend.
Instructors: Esteban A. Rossi-Hansberg