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A comprehensive course in economic theory designed for doctoral students in all parts of the university. Topics include consumption, production, behavior toward risk, markets, and general equilibrium theory. Also looks at applications to policy analysis, business decisions, industrial organization, finance, and the legal system. Undergraduates with appropriate background are welcome, subject to the instructor's approval.
While the class will regularly meet on Mondays and Wednesday (8:30-10 a.m.) at HKS, the first day of class will be on Friday, September 5th (8:30-10 a.m.). The Friday session will meet in the class's regular room, L-230.
Prerequisite: Multivariate calculus and one course in probability theory. Thorough background in microeconomic theory at the intermediate level.
Students may receive credit for both API-111 and API-101/API-105 only if API-101/105 is taken first. API-111 and API-109 cannot both be taken for credit. Also offered by Harvard Kennedy School as API-111 and the Economics Department as Econ 2020a.
Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Economics 2020a and the Kennedy School as KSG API-111.
A continuation of Economics 2020a. This course covers game theory, economics of information, incentive theory, and welfare economics.
Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Economics 2020b and the Kennedy School as KSG API-112.
Examines empirical research in corporate finance. Covers empirical research methodology, financial institutions, and financial policy. Major emphasis is on how to do well-executed and persuasive research in corporate finance. Seminar format; students write referee reports and a research paper.
Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Economics 2727. Structured to minimize overlap with Economics 2725.
Theory and empirical evidence of capital structure, dividends, investment policy, managerial incentives and takeovers. Topics include market efficiency, agency problems and ownership.
Offered jointly with the the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Economics 2725.
Entrepreneurship--the formation and growth of new firms--is a complex phenomenon that has historically attracted relatively little academic attention. In recent years, however, scholars in a variety of disciplines have been devoting increasing attention to this topic. This course will explore the emerging work in this dynamic area. Reflecting the complex nature of the entrepreneurship, the course will touch on literature in a variety of academic disciplines, but the readings will primarily focus on discipline-oriented research from an economics, finance, and sociological perspective. Students taking the course for credit will be expected to complete two referee reports and a paper.
Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Economics 2726.
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