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While there are no required courses in the doctoral program in economics, students are expected to choose a sequence of courses that enables them to master the fundamental principles of economic theory and the quantitative tools required for basic and applied research. The series of core courses offered provides these fundamentals. These courses are listed below.

Students are urged to take these core courses unless they have mastered some portion of this material before coming to the Tepper School of Business. In addition to the core course, many students benefit from taking courses to strengthen their knowledge of probability, statistics, and mathematics. Suggested courses are also listed below. Students should consult with their advisor about whether to take these or other courses as part of their program of study at the business school.

Core Courses:

  • 47-780  Mathematics for Economists
  • 47-800  Microeconomics I
  • 47-801  Microeconomics II
  • 47-802  Macroeconomics I
  • 47-803  Dynamic Competitive Analysis
  • 47-805  Computational Methods for Economics
  • 47-811  Econometrics I
  • 47-812  Econometrics II
  • 47-817  Game Theory and Applications
  • 47-818  Economics of Contracts

Additional courses:

  • 47-806  Experimental Economics 
  • 47-810  Business Cycles
  • 47-821  International Macroeconomics
  • 47-901  Advanced Economic Analysis I (Structural Models) 
  • 47-902  Advanced Economic Analysis II (Advanced Econometrics)
  • 47-903  Advanced Economic Analysis III (Advanced Macroeconomics)
  • 47-904  Advanced Economic Analysis IV (Public Economics)

Suggested courses in mathematics, statistics, and operations research:

  • 36-701 Intermediate Probability
  • 36-704 Statistical Decision Theory
  • 21-620 Real Analysis
  • 21-621 Introduction to Lebesgue Measure
  • 47-936 Convex Analysis


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