Elective Courses

Elective courses are generally taught by economists who work in government, international organizations, think tanks, consulting firms or other research positions in the Washington, DC area. These faculty members are highly experienced professionals who have deep expertise in the substantive areas in which they offer courses.

The elective courses typically entail textbook readings, readings from professional and academic journals, review of policy papers, and significant empirical work.  By choosing an appropriate sequence of elective courses, students are able to concentrate their studies in particular areas of interest, for example, computational economics, data science, econometrics, financial economics, or industrial organization. The Program Director advises students regarding the selection of courses that best suit students’ individual objectives.

The Applied Economics Program typically offers the following elective courses in the spring and summer semesters: 

Spring Electives

  • ECON 555 – Political Economy
  • ECON 557 – Advanced Data Analysis
  • ECON 561 – Labor Economics
  • ECON 562 – Industrial Organization
  • ECON 567 – Decision and Game Theory
  • ECON 571 – Financial Economics
  • ECON 576 – International Trade
  • ECON 579 – Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON 585 – Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 586 – Microeconometrics
  • ECON 587 – Macroeconometrics
  • ECON 591 – Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON 598 – Financial Regulation
  • ECON 599 – Computational Economics

Summer Electives

  • ECON 558 – Time Series Analysis
  • ECON 563 – Public Economics
  • ECON 564 – Environmental Economics
  • ECON 565 – Law and Economics
  • ECON 569 – Energy Economics and Policy
  • ECON 572 – Monetary Theory and Policy
  • ECON 577 – International Finance
  • ECON 578 – Development Economics
  • ECON 580 – Labor Markets Institutions and Policies

The University’s schedules of classes for recent semesters may be viewed on Georgetown’s online schedule.