Teaching

Spring 2020

I am scheduled to teach Economics 3522 — Economic Theory of Networks, and Economics 3698 — Economic Inequality. Here are the syllabi for these courses.

Economic Theory of Networks Syllabus 2020

Economic Inequality Syllabus Spring 2020

Spring 2019

I am scheduled to teach Economics 3504, Mathematical Economics, Economics, and Economics 3698, the new Economic Inequality writing intensive class. Information about these courses will be available on Canvas the first day of classes. The textbooks have been ordered from the Temple University bookstore.

Spring 2018

I am scheduled to teach Economics 3504, Mathematical Economics, Economics, Economics 3581, Co-op Experience in Economics, and Economics 3598, Economics Writing Seminar. More information on these courses will appear on Canvas by the first day of the semester, January 16. I do have a first draft of the detailed schedule for Mathematical Economics, which you can find here.

Spring 2017

I am scheduled to teach Economics 3580, Special Topics in Economics: The Economics of Inequality, and Mathematics for Economists II (Economics 9101, for PhD students). Some preliminary information on the inequality course can be found here.

Fall 2016

I am scheduled to teach Economics 8001, Microeconomic Analysis, and Economics 8003, Mathematics for Economists I. “Live” versions of the syllabi for these courses (including textbook requirements) are available online at the following links: Economics 8001 Syllabus, Economics 8003 Syllabus.

Past Semester teaching information:

Spring 2016

I am scheduled to teach Economic Theory of Networks, Econ 3522. The syllabus for this course can be found here: Economics 3522 2016 syllabus.

Fall 2015

I am scheduled to teach Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 1102 section 7) and Microeconomic Analysis (Econ 8001). The syllabi for these courses will be linked from this page by late June. I have placed textbook orders with the Temple bookstore on the Main Campus as follows:

    • Econ 1102: Hubbard and O’Brien, Microeconomics, 5th edition. Visit the Main Campus bookstore for details. Syllabus in PDF form: Econ 1102.007 syllabus 2015
    • Econ 8001: Nicholson and Snyder: Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, 11th edition. The syllabus contains several additional recommended books. Here is the syllabus, in PDF form: Econ 8001 2015 syllabus (Version of 2015-08-18)

Spring 2015

I am scheduled to teach Economic Theory of Networks (Economics 3522) and Advanced Topics: Mechanism Design (Economics 8190). The syllabi for these courses, as of January 8, 2015, can be found at the following links: Economic Theory of Networks Syllabus 2015Mech-design-syllabus2015.

Fall 2014

I am scheduled to teach Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Economics 3501, section 2) and Macroeconomic Principles (Economics 1101, section 28) in the Fall 2014 semester. The syllabi for these courses are available at the following links: Economics 3501 section 2 Fall 2014, Economics 1101 section 28 Fall 2014.

Spring 2014

In Spring 2014 I am teaching Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Econ 3501 Section 2) and Economic Theory of Networks (Econ 3522 Section 1). For a preview of what the latter involves, please keep reading this page. For the syllabi, please follow these links: Econ 3501 Section 2 Spring 2014 syllabus, Econ 3522 Section 1 Spring 2014 syllabus.

New in Spring 2013: Economic Theory of Networks

Econ 3522 CRN: 20391

Six degrees of separation. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Going to conferences in order to network. Social music recommendations. Social movie recommendations. Social everything recommendations on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more. Networks of friendships (in real life and online). Networks of loans between banks. Networks of Web pages. Interactions between buyers and sellers (trade networks).

I’d better stop. You get the idea. Networks are all around us. They influence our lives. They affect our careers. They make YouTube clips like Gangnam Style famously successful (if unpredictably and for short periods of time).

What’s less well known is that the analysis of network structure, formation, and evolution has made big strides in the last couple of decades.

Sign up for the Economic Theory of Networks to learn how to analyze networks. You will learn about the cutting edge in economics and computer science on topics such as

  • how to see a network as a graph
  • what weak ties may do to your employment prospects
  • social media
  • social capital
  • structural balance
  • trust and online ratings
  • a smattering of game theory
  • some evolutionary game theory
  • modeling network traffic with game theory
  • auctions and matching markets
  • networked markets with intermediaries (those middlemen that nobody seems to like)
  • bargaining and power in social networks
  • the structure of the World Wide Web
  • link analysis and Web search
  • sponsored search markets
  • information cascades
  • network effects
  • how the rich get richer on networks
  • six degrees of separation
  • epidemics on networks

Best of all, introductory microeconomics is all you’ll need to enroll. All necessary techniques will be covered in the course. For more details, here is the syllabus (PDF): Syllabus of Economic Theory of Networks (preliminary — the final version will appear around January 18).

This course will include a blog with participation by all students. I have written guidelines about this blog which you can read here.

Fall 2012

In the Fall 2012 semester I am teaching Microeconomic Theory II for Ph.D. students (Econ 8106) and I am leading the Graduate Research Seminar. I will use the following books in the Microeconomics course, which are available in the main campus bookstore. The course has been updated to emphasize more two recently very active areas of Microeconomics (auction theory and networks) and to reflect the fact that the previous Microeconomics course, taught by Dr. Zusai, now covers some game theoretic topics that I used to cover in Econ 8106. Books that are newly required for this course have been indicated by double asterisks. This book list may seem excessive, but you should already have the first two books from your previous Microeconomics courses.

  • Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael Whinston, and Jerry Green, Microeconomic Theory (Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Martin J. Osborne, An Introduction to Game Theory (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Dimitrios Diamantaras, Karen A. Campbell, Emina I. Cardamone, Scott Deacle, and Lisa A. Delgado, A Toolbox for Economic Design (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Vjay Krishna, Auction Theory, Second Edition (Academic Press, 2010) **
  • David Easley and Jon Kleinberg, Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World  (Cambridge University Press, 2010) **

The syllabus for the course is here: Econ8106F2012syl

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