Humboldt University of Berlin
Selected Topics of Emerging Markets (graduate seminar)
This seminar offers an in-depth exploration of the challenges and developments in emerging markets, particularly focusing on the theme: "Crises, coping strategies, and innovation in emerging markets." Students will delve into a wide range of topics, including household coping mechanisms after shocks, the significance of financial literacy and resilience during crises, and the economic ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. The course also examines the evolving relationship between climate change, insurance, and developing nations, as well as the profound economic impacts of the Arab Spring. Additionally, students will gain insights into stock market participation factors, the intricate nexus of politics, redistribution, and migration, and the lingering impacts of conflicts and colonialism on economic development. Recommended readings from renowned scholars provide foundational knowledge, offering students a robust academic experience.
Economics I: Microeconomic Theory (graduate tutorial)
The course offers an introduction to some of the key concepts used by economists, with a focus on microeconomic analysis. The main topics covered include consumer and producer behavior, competitive markets, as well as market failure and the need for governmental intervention. The goal of the course is for students to learn how economists think and it is built around three components. The first of these is the theory and ideas that economists use to structure their thinking. The second component is policy applications and debates where this theory will be applied and put to test, while the third is evidence from empirical studies to highlight principles of applied research design.
Economics II: Economic Growth and Climate Change (graduate tutorial)
It is difficult to imagine a social phenomenon that matters more for the lives of people than long-term economic growth. For millennia, nearly all people throughout the world have lived on subsistence levels. Within a few centuries, per-capita income in some regions of the world increased 100-fold, while in others no sustained economic growth occurred. Some countries, however, have caught up dramatically within a few decades. Describing and explaining these patterns is the realm of theories of economic growth and development. Students will be introduced to the empirical patterns of long-term economic growth and development, theories explaining these patterns, as well as statistical analyses to test such theories. One crucial aspect will be the viability of economic growth under the limitations set by climate change, i.e. the sustainability of growth under environmental constraints. At the end of the course, students will understand the most important economic theories and models of economic growth (including their crucial assumptions and weaknesses), see what we can and cannot learn from growth regressions, and be able to evaluate long-term policies (such as climate policy) in a framework of economic growth.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Mathematics for Economists (undergraduate tutorial)This course equips students with essential mathematical tools tailored for effective engagement with economic models. Rooted in practical application, the course delves into key mathematical concepts including derivatives, integrals, and optimization techniques. Students will become adept at employing the Langrange Multipliers, mastering the Kuhn Tucker Conditions, and understanding the nuances of the Implicit Function and Envelope Theorem. This tutorial ensures that participants not only grasp the theoretical underpinnings but also appreciate their real-world relevance in the field of economics.