ECO 2306:  Principles of Microeconomics (Fall and Spring)

This course will introduce you to the basic principles and applications of microeconomic theory. Microeconomics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources, their trade-offs, the performance of markets, and other related matters. Students will learn to use the basic building blocks that inform economic reasoning to better understand policy and economic organization. (lecture slides)

ECO 4349/5349: Causal Inference and Research Design (Spring)

This class introduces students to the modern theory of “causal inference” which is based on the Rubin causal model. In addition to learning several prominent research designs in applied microeconometrics (e.g., propensity score matching, differences-in-differences, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, synthetic control), the students will gain some competency at using STATA to execute these research designs.  The majority of the class will focus on selection bias and treatment assignment. (lecture slides, LaTeX zipped)

ECO 3390: Economics of Crime (Fall)

This class introduces students to the economic subfield of microeconomics known as the economics of crime.  Economists consider crime to be a costly activity, both because of the intrinsic damages associated with it (e.g., violence) and because of the resources required to combat (e.g., policing). In this class, we will review a variety of topics under the umbrella of crime to understand the veracity of the core economic models, such as deterrence, as well as to better understand the various problematic outcomes related to crime and imprisonment. The class is a readings course, and will focus on several dozen mostly empirical papers which we will attempt to master.

ECO 5315: Graduate Microeconomics (Fall)

Microeconomics is the theory of the allocation of scarce resources that society faces, particularly firms and households.  This class introduces students to traditional price theory and game theory. They will learn about theory derived from stable preferences, constrained optimization and equilibrium concepts.  (lecture slides) (problem set 2)