Elective Courses

Elective courses are taught either by full-time faculty members in the Department of Economics, or by economists who work in government, international organizations, think tanks, consulting firms or other research positions in the Washington, D.C. area. These instructors are highly experienced professionals who have deep expertise in the substantive areas in which they offer courses.

The program typically offers the following elective courses in the spring term of the first year, and in the fall and spring terms of the second year: 

Quantitative Courses

A course is considered as quantitative if it focuses on the rigorous use of mathematical or statistical methods for modeling economic processes, for economic decision making, or for inference based on economic data. Examples include Mathematical Economics, Decision and Game Theory, and Microeconometrics. Before the beginning of each academic year, the Program Director and the Masters Program Committee will evaluate whether a course will be qualified as quantitative based on its syllabus.

  • ECON 567 - Decision and Game Theory
  • ECON 581 - Times Series Econometrics
  • ECON 582 - Empirical Industrial Organization
  • ECON 583 - Business & Public Section Forecasting
  • ECON 586 - Microeconometrics
  • ECON 587 - Macroeconometrics
  • ECON 592 - Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON 593 - Financial Econometrics [anticipated in 201803]

Applied Economics Courses

  • ECON 561 - Labor Economics
  • ECON 562 - Industrial Organization
  • ECON 563 - Public Economics
  • ECON 564 - Environmental Economics
  • ECON 565 - Law and Economics
  • ECON 566 - Health Economics
  • ECON 568 - Program Evaluation
  • ECON 569 - Energy Economics & Policy
  • ECON 570 - Insurance Markets
  • ECON 571 - Financial Economics
  • ECON 572 - Monetary Theory & Policy
  • ECON 573 - Monetary & Financial Economics
  • ECON 575 - International Economics
  • ECON 576 - International Trade
  • ECON 577 - International Finance
  • ECON 578 - Development Economics
  • ECON 579 - Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON 580 - Labor Markets and Policies
  • ECON 584 - Economics of Education
  • ECON 585 - Behavioral Economics and Finance
  • ECON 588 - Economics of Organizations
  • ECON 589 - Growth Theory and Policy
  • ECON 590 - Experimental Economics

The University's schedules of classes for recent semesters may be viewed here.

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