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PhD Courses in Economic Analysis and Policy

Not all courses are offered each year/ each semester. Check with the PhD Office at for courses schedule information.

For a listing of courses across all areas please see here.

RSM 3010 Special Topics in the Economics of Technology and Innovation

The main intention of this course is to deliver students with a working knowledge of research in this area by studying some of the canonical work (both theoretical and empirical) and then exploring some of the frontier work. This will provide students both the basis on which to identify some of the important research questions as well as an understanding of the techniques that could be employed to address them. This course will focus on the following broad topics: Incentives to innovation (including patents and rewards), growth theory, and spin-outs.

RSM 3011 Advanced Topics in the Theory of Industrial Organization

This course has two objectives: i) to introduce students to the game-theoretic models that are the foundation of the modern theory of firm behavior and ii) to take students to the frontier of Industrial Organization Theory by introducing them to the latest research in the Field. The ultimate goal of the course is to help students develop research topics that will form the basis of their PhD thesis research.

View 2015-2016 Course Outline

RSM 3012: Advanced Topics in Urban and Real Estate Economics

The course covers the following topics: land use theory, demand estimation and hedonic methods, urban transportation, sorting across political jurisdictions, applied econometric methods for spatial data, and housing and real estate. After taking the course, students will have an understanding of standard urban theory and modern empirical methods plus an overview of empirical evidence on various important applied urban topics. In addition, students will develop an understanding of how to manipulate and analyze spatial data sets. This course will prepare students with many of the necessary tools to undertake their own research in urban and real estate economics or related fields. The material in this course is designed to complement the material in Michel Serafinelli’s graduate Urban and Regional Economics course.

 View 2017-2018 Course Outline

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