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New Courses & Special Topics 2020/2021

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 4:48pm

 

ECO351H5S

Special Topics: Macroeconomics and Psychology

Course Description:

Why don’t wages fall in a recession? Why is trust important for the banking sector? Why are there bubbles in the stock market and in the housing market? In this course, we combine insights from psychology and apply them to macroeconomic questions. In the first half of the course, we will study a number of psychological insights. This will serve as a gentle introduction to behavioural economics. In the second half of the course, we will apply these concepts to some economic questions. The focus is on topics that are traditionally macroeconomic in nature: central banking, unemployment, inflation, and saving.

Prerequisites:  ECO100Y5 (63%) and (MAT133Y5 (63%) or MAT135Y5 or accepted alternate) and (ECO200Y5 or ECO204Y5 or ECO206Y5)

Enrolment is limited.

ECO352H5S

Special Topics: Financial Crisis & Actions of Central Banks

​Course Description:

The course will review the main theories of financial crises, the specific causes of the recent financial crisis, and the effects of the crisis on the wider economy. In particular, the course will examine the theoretical links or transmission channels that exists between the real and financial sectors of the economy and the policy actions taken by central banks to limit the degree of contagion between the two sectors. [24L]

Pre-requisites:   (ECO200Y5 or ECO204Y5 or ECO206Y5) and (ECO202Y5 or ECO208Y5 or ECO209Y5) and (ECO220Y5 or ECO227Y5 or (1.0 credit from STA256H5, STA258H5, STA260H5)).

Enrolment is limited.

ECO420Y5: Research/Dissertation Course

Research Course: Applied Research in Economics

Course description: This is a 4th-year dissertation/research course. This course will be relevant for students considering graduate school or research-based careers. There will be lectures every 2-3 weeks and several one-on-one meetings to discuss research progress (students choose their own topic of interest) throughout the year.  Lectures will be on applied econometrics; the class will read journal articles with interesting models, and discuss their thoughts on the methods/data/results and how it could be applied to their own research. Students will produce a self-directed research paper (dissertation), with the possibility of publication in a Student Journal of Economics and Political Science at UTM.

Strongly Recommended Preparation: ECO375H5

Enrolment is limited and requires Departmental approval. 
Students can select the course on ACORN, but will remain in “REQ” or requested status until enrolment review is completed in August.

Questions? Contact the Economics Undergraduate Advisor: ferzeen.sammy@utoronto.ca

ECO466H5S

Empirical Macroeconomics and Policy

Compressed format course: first half of the fall semester only

Course Description:

Students will increase their data literacy and learn how to apply techniques to address policy issues. The topics covered will include the practical design of monetary policy, the rationale of current monetary policy in Canada, and statistical methods for predicting key macroeconomic variables. As part of the course, students will follow current global issues and will forecast how the domestic and international events may alter the Bank of Canada's monetary policy in the short run. This course builds on material covered in ECO202Y5/ECO208Y5/ECO209Y5, ECO325H5 and ECO375H5.

Exclusion: ECO402H5 Special Topics: Empirical Macroeconomics and Policy (20199)

Prerequisites: ECO325H5 and (ECO220Y5 or ECO227Y5 or (1.0 credit from STA256H5, STA258H5, STA260H5)).

Recommended Prep: ECO375H5

Enrolment is limited and requires Departmental approval. 
Students can select the course on ACORN but will remain in “REQ” or requested status until enrolment review is completed in August.

Questions? Contact the Economics Undergraduate Advisor: ferzeen.sammy@utoronto.ca