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 2019

 

ECN 190-B: INTERNATIONAL MACRO-FINANCE 

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: International Macro-Finance 

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A AND ECN 101

This is an advanced course in international finance.  The goal is to understand how investors from different countries interact in global financial markets.  The course studies the decision-making processes of large firms (both financial and non-financial), institutional investors, and sovereign governments.  It further examines the role of governments and international institutions as intermediaries and regulators of global markets.  The course combines solving rigorous theoretical models, analyzing financial data, and presenting solutions to real-life case studies.  Instructional material includes a required textbook and case study materials, and evaluation is based on exam, assignments, and a short case-study group presentation.

Instructor: Professor Ina Siminovska

Professor Simonovska specializes in international trade, international finance and macroeconomics.  She received her PhD in Economics at the University of Minnesota as well as her Master's in Economics. Their research interests focus on understanding the sources of welfare gains from international integration.

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ECN 190-D: PUBLIC ECONOMICS IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Policy, Poverty & Inequality

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A AND ECN 102

This course examines a range of social problems and government responses around the world, including in developing countries. Policy areas include health, unemployment, informal insurance, poverty, corruption, and public service delivery. A key goal of the course is to develop quantitative and data analysis toolkits through application to real world policy problems.

The course builds on ECN 102 and focuses on empirical methods for identifying the causal effects of policies on household outcomes. Over the quarter, the course builds toward being able to read and critically assess academic journal articles in economics, performing data analysis, and defining and testing original research hypotheses.

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).

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Winter 2020

ECN 190-A: ECONOMICS & MATHEMATICS

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Data Analytics and Economic Analysis 

Prerequisites: You should drop this course if you are not willing to engage in hard work each week or if you are allergic to mathematics. You should also drop this course if you don’t satisfy the prerequisites in mathematics: 16A, 16B or 21A, 21B with a grade of a C- or better in each course.

Students will become comfortable with the most important and foundational methods applied in mathematical economics: differential and integral calculus, unconstrained and constrained optimization, methods of comparative statics, and basic applications of mathematics to financial economics. consumer behavior, the behavior of firms, and market exchange.

Instructor: Professor Carvajal Escobar

Andres Carvajal Escobar is an Associate Professor at UC Davis. He is an economic theorist with an emphasis in microeconomics and mathematic economics. He serves as a co-chair of the 2018 North America Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society.

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ECN 190-C: INTERNATIONAL MACRO-FINANCE 

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: International Macro-Finance 

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A AND ECN 101

This is an advanced course in international finance.  The goal is to understand how investors from different countries interact in global financial markets.  The course studies the decision-making processes of large firms (both financial and non-financial), institutional investors, and sovereign governments.  It further examines the role of governments and international institutions as intermediaries and regulators of global markets.  The course combines solving rigorous theoretical models, analyzing financial data, and presenting solutions to real-life case studies.  Instructional material includes a required textbook and case study materials, and evaluation is based on exam, assignments, and a short case-study group presentation.

Instructor: Professor Ina Siminovska

Professor Simonovska specializes in international trade, international finance and macroeconomics.  She received her PhD in Economics at the University of Minnesota as well as her Master's in Economics. Their research interests focus on understanding the sources of welfare gains from international integration.

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ECN 190-D: ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS DATA ANALYTICS

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 economic and business data. Topics of this course include key concepts and tools which are essential for data analyses in economic and business environments. This course is designed as a stepping stone for graduate study. The students are required to implement 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.

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Spring 2020

 

ECN 190-A: TBA

Prerequisites: TBA

TBA

Instructor: Professor Anujit Chakraborty

Anujit Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, under Professor Yoram Halevy in 2017. He has previously received a B.E in Electronics Engineering from Jadavpur University and an M.S in Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute. Dr. Chakraborty works in the intersection of Economic Theory, Behavioral Economics, and Experimental Economics. 

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ECN 190-B: ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL FORECASTING

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Data Analytics and Economic Analysis 

Prerequisites: TBA

TBA

Instructor: Professor Shu Shen

Professor Shen is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Economics. She received her PhD in Economics at the University of Texas as well as her Master's in Economics.  Professor Shen has expertise in econometric theory, applied econometrics and applied microeconometrics. Her research focuses on econometric methods in the following topics: regression discontinuity, Nonparametric/Semiparametric Distributional/Quantile Analysis, multiple testing, and Treatment Effect Heterogeneity  analysis. https://sites.google.com/site/innoshu/

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Spring 2019

ECN 190- A01/A02

Time Series and Financial Econometrics 

CRN: 69870 and CRN: 69871

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Data Analytics and Economic Analysis 

Prerequisites: (ECN 100 or 100A); ECN 101; (ECN 102 or STA 108); or Consent of instructor.

This course covers the basics of time series and financial econometrics tools as used in economics, business, and especially finance. Time series topics will include dynamic linear time-series models, trend modeling, seasonal adjustments, and forecasting. Financial econometrics topics will include term structure modeling of interest rates, CAPM, multifactor pricing, and volatility modeling.

Instructor: Professor Shu Shen

Professor Shen is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Economics. She received her PhD in Economics at the University of Texas as well as her Master's in Economics.  Professor Shen has expertise in econometric theory, applied econometrics and applied microeconometrics. Her research focuses on econometric methods in the following topics: regression discontinuity, Nonparametric/Semiparametric Distributional/Quantile Analysis, multiple testing, and Treatment Effect Heterogeneity  analysis. https://sites.google.com/site/innoshu/

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ECN 190-001

Economics of Crime

CRN: 92912

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Behavior and Strategy

Prerequisites:  ECN 100/100A or ARE 100A and a previous or concurrent course in Econ 140

This course will provide an overview of the economics of crime. We will examine economic models of choice and rationality, statistical techniques for analyzing the causes of crime and the effects of crime-control measures, frameworks for understanding the aggregation of individual choices into crime rates and patterns, and contemporary issues and policies in the criminal justice system including drug policy, gun regulation, and race and racial profiling. The central aim of the course is to develop economic thinking to gain insight into the behavior of the key actors (potential offenders, potential victims, and criminal justice agents) and the multiple elements of the justice system that determine crime and justice outcomes.

Instructor: Professor Hannah S. Laqueur

Professor Laqueur is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She earned her PhD from UC Berkeley Law's Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, an interdisciplinary social science program, where she specialized in Law and Economics. She also completed a Masters in Biostatistics at Berkeley, focusing on machine learning methods for causal inference and prediction.

Winter 2019

Winter 2019

ECN 190-A01 &A02

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.

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ECN 190: Sections B01 & B02

Economics & Mathematics

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Data Analytics and Economic Analysis 

Prerequisites: You should drop this course if you are not willing to engage in hard work each week or if you are allergic to mathematics. You should also drop this course if you don’t satisfy the prerequisites in mathematics: 16A, 16B or 21A, 21B with a grade of a C- or better in each course.

Students will become comfortable with the most important and foundational methods applied in mathematical economics: differential and integral calculus, unconstrained and constrained optimization, methods of comparative statics, and basic applications of mathematics to financial economics. consumer behavior, the behavior of firms, and market exchange.

Instructor: Professor Carvajal Escobar

Andres Carvajal Escobar is an Associate Professor at UC Davis. He is an economic theorist with an emphasis in microeconomics and mathematic economics. He serves as a co-chair of the 2018 North America Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society.

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ECN 190: Sections C01 through C04

Public Economics in International Perspective

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Policy, Poverty & Inequality

Prerequisites: ECN 100 or 100A, ECN 102

Public Economics in International Perspective

This course examines a range of social problems and government responses around the world, including in developing countries. Policy areas include health, unemployment, informal insurance, poverty, corruption, and public service delivery. A key goal of the course is to develop quantitative and data analysis toolkits through application to real world policy problems.

The course builds on ECN 102 and focuses on empirical methods for identifying the causal effects of policies on household outcomes. Over the quarter, the course builds toward being able to read and critically assess academic journal articles in economics, performing data analysis, and defining and testing original research hypotheses.

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).

Fall 2018

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.

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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.

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ECN 190-D: Public Economics in International Perspective

Advanced Economics Course

Specialization: Policy, Poverty & Inequality

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).

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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.