ECN 190 Topics

In-depth examination at an upper division level of a special topic in Economics. These courses will vary in prerequisites which means depending on the topic, it could be considered an Advanced or an Elective course.

Fall 2018

ECN 190-A & ECN 190-B: Economics of International Migration

Elective Economics Course

Specialization: Economic History

Prerequisites: ECN 1A & 1B

Specific topics include the study of how immigrants are selected from the population of the countries of origin, how immigrants assimilate into their countries of destination, how immigration influence the economy of the destination country, how immigration influences those left behind and how migration policy is conducted around the world. The course will discuss evidence both from contemporary and historical migration episodes.

Instructor: Professor Santiago Perez

Santiago Pérez specializes in economic history and applied microeconomics. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2017 after earning a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.


ECN 190-C: Economic Development in Weak States

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Poverty and Inequality

Prerequisites:  ECN100 or ECN 100A or ARE100A

Weak states face many challenges to economic development, including market failures, poor service delivery, and limited rights and institutions. Many well-understood economic and policy tools exist to address these challenges. But these tools often require a functioning, well-intentioned government (or other legitimate actors) to implement them. This course will examine attempts to improve economic development in cases when governments are not functioning and/or well-intentioned; in cases when corruption, leakage, or more generally poor political accountability and incentives make addressing economic development hard.

Instructor: Professor Arman Rezaee

Professor Rezaee joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2016 after earning a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.


ECN 190-D: Public Economics in International Perspective

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Policy, Poverty & Inequality, or Data Analytics

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A, ECN 102

This course will focus on key public policy problems faced by governments around the world, particularly in developing countries. The course will build on 102 to develop students' quantitative and data analysis toolkits and focus on applying concepts learned to current real world policy debates.

Instructor: Professor Monica Singhal

Monica Singhal is an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Davis. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Faculty Affiliate of the International Growth Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics, and as a Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics (beginning Fall 2016).


ECN 190-E: Big Data Analysis

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Data Analytics

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A, STA 13, and ECN 102 with a B grade or higher

This course introduces state-of-the-art econometric methods to analyze big data. Topics include statistical learning, linear regression, classification, resampling methods, and linear model selection and regularization. The objective of this course is to acquire the necessary knowledge in statistical learning and to implement its procedures on the programming language R.

Instructor: Professor Takuya Ura

Takuya Ura is an assistant professor of economics at UC Davis. His research interest is econometrics, with emphases on microeconometrics and causal inference.