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, 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

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Big Data and Economics
  • Business and Public Sector Forecasting
  • Computational Economics
  • Decision and Game Theory
  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconometrics  
  • Statistical Sampling and Survey Methods

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.  

Applied Economics Courses

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Development Economics 
  • Experimental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Insurance Markets
  • International Finance
  • International Trade 
  • Labor Economics 
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics 
  • Political Economy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Economics 

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

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