Please note that course listings will be updated throughout the summer and are subject to change.  


Fall 2017

 
Microeconomic Theory I
Instructor: Maciej Kotowski
HBS 4010
API-111/ECON 2020a
MW 8:45-10am
HKS Littauer Bldg 280

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. Also offered by the Economics Department as ECON 2020a and by the Kennedy School as API-111. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2020a. 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.

Notes: Students must attend one of the following review sessions: Wed 4:15-5:30pm (L382); Fri 8:45-10:00am (1 Brattle 401) & 11:45am-1:00pm (L130).

Prerequisites: Multivariate calculus and one course in probability theory. Thorough background in microeconomic theory at the intermediate level.

Check ECON 2020 listing for location and up-to-date schedule. Please note, the first class of this course will meet on the regularly scheduled Wednesday, but the second class will take place on Friday, September 1.

 
Market Design
Instructor: Scott Duke Kominers
HBS 4150
ECON 2099
T 4-7pm
Location TBA
This course explores the theory and practice of market design. Key topics include auctions, labor market matching, school choice programs, online markets, organ exchange systems, financial market design, and matching with contracts. The first half of the course will introduce market design and its technology; subsequent weeks will discuss recent papers alongside their classical antecedents. Prior graduate or advanced undergraduate course work in at least one of microeconomics, game theory, or algorithms will be useful, but is not strictly necessary. This course is cross-listed as ECON 2099.
 
Psychology and Economic Theory
Instructor: Matthew Rabin
HBS 4155
Econ 2035
M 1-4pm
Cumnock 230
This course explores ways that psychological research indicating systematic departures from classical economic assumptions can be translated into formal models that can be incorporated into economics. Topics include ways utility theory can be improved--such as incorporating reference dependence, news utility, social preferences, self image, and other belief-based tastes--and ways we can relax assumptions of perfect rationality--such as incorporating focusing effects, limited attention, biased prediction of future tastes, present-biased preferences, biases in probabilistic judgment, and errors in social inference. The course will emphasize (a) careful interpretation and production of new evidence on relevant departures,(b) formalizing this evidence into models that can, with discipline and rigor, generate sharp predictions using traditional economic approaches, and (c) exploring economic implications of those models presented. Although we will primarily emphasize (b), the course is meant to be useful to students whose interests lie anywhere in this spectrum, under the premise that all such research will be improved by a greater appreciation of the full spectrum. The course is intended for PhD students in the Business Economics and Economics programs and others who have a solid background in microeconomic theory at the level of introductory PhD courses in these programs. While obviously appropriate to those wishing to specialize in "behavioral economics", the course is also designed for those interested in doing research in particular fields of economics. And while the course centers on theoretical models (learning and evaluation will center around solving formal problem sets), the theory is focused towards its empirical implementability and economic relevance, so that the course is also designed for those interested in theory-influenced empirical research. This course is cross-listed as ECON 2035. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2035.

Please note the first class will be held on Wednesday, August 30.

 
Econometrics I
Instructor: Steve Cicala
HBS 4170
ECON 2110
T TH 1-3pm
Location TBA
HBS 4170 comprises the first course of a two-course sequence for first-year graduate students seeking training in econometric methods at a level that prepares them to conduct professional empirical research. The course reviews probability and statistics, then covers the fundamentals of modern econometrics, with a focus on regression methods for causal inference in observational and experimental data. Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in probability and statistics, regression analysis, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus. Enrollment limited to PhD candidates in economics, business economics, health policy, public policy, and political economy and government (PEG). This course is designed for PhD candidates in health policy, public policy, education policy, the Business School DBA program. Qualified undergraduates are also permitted to take the course with permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as ECON 2110. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2110.
 
Asset Pricing I
Instructor: John Y. Campbell
HBS 4209
Econ 2723
T TH 2:30-4pm
TBD

An introduction to financial economics emphasizing discrete-time models and empirical applications. Reviews basic asset pricing theory. Discusses empirical topics including predictability of stock and bond returns, the equity premium puzzle, and intertemporal equilibrium models. Offered jointly as ECON 2723. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2723

Prerequisite: Economics 2010a or 2020a, or permission of the instructor.

 
Corporate Finance and Banking
HBS 4243
ECON 2725
T Th 11:30am-1:00pm

Theory and empirical evidence of capital structure, dividends, investment policy, managerial incentives and takeovers. Topics include market efficiency, agency problems and ownership.

Offered jointly as ECON 2725. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2725.

 
Accounting and Management Research Workshop
Instructor: Charles C.Y. Wang
HBS 4251
F 1-2pm
Morgan 250
The objectives of this course are 1) to stimulate critical evaluation of current research in financial and managerial accounting; 2) to build critical skills to be an effective presenter and discussant; and 3) to facilitate students' own research. The workshop will cover A&M seminar papers as well as students' research-in-progress. Enrollment is limited to students in the DBA in Accounting and Management program.
 
Organizational Behavior Lab
HBS 4427
TH 10am-12pm
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 101
Organizational Behavior (OB) Lab, is a research workshop for those whose research interests center on micro-OB – that is, research interests based in micro-sociology, psychology or framed in psychological terms and relevant to organizational behavior. The research may include any and all methodologies. OB Lab is devoted to helping its members develop early-stage research projects. We aim for a constructive, collaborative atmosphere in which we can share ideas for projects, methodological questions, and questions about how to interpret results. Our hope is to build a tight community of micro-OB doctoral researchers (and a few faculty) who know each others work well and give each other useful feedback at every stage of the research process.
 
Macro Topics in Organizational Behavior: Organization and Management Theory Seminar
Instructor: Frank Dobbin
HBS 4880
W 1-3pm
TBA
Reviews classical and contemporary theories of organizations, including ecological, institutional, resource dependence, transaction-cost, agency theory, networks and social movements. Examines phenomena at multiple levels from the establishment to the organizational network or field. This seminar is cross-listed with Sociology as 224: Organizational Analysis Seminar. HBS PhD students should enroll in SOCIOL 224.
 

Spring 2018

 
Microeconomic Theory II
HBS 4011
ECON 2020B/HKS API 112
MW 8:45-10am
HKS Littauer Bldg 140

A continuation of HBS 4010/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.

 
The Foundations of Strategy
Instructor: TBA
HBS 4110
TBA
The course provides a broad, multi-disciplinary introduction to the study of business strategy, with a particular emphasis on its behavioral and economic foundations. Different schools of thought and their evolution will be analyzed, discussed and compared.
 
Empirical Methods in Financial Economics
HBS 4220
ECON 2727
M 3-6pm
TBA

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.

 
Accounting and Management Research Workshop
Instructor: Charles C.Y. Wang
HBS 4251
F 1-2pm
Morgan 250
The objectives of this course are 1) to stimulate critical evaluation of current research in financial and managerial accounting; 2) to build critical skills to be an effective presenter and discussant; and 3) to facilitate students' own research. The workshop will cover Accounting and Management seminar papers as well as students' research-in-progress. Enrollment is limited to students in the DBA in Accounting and Management program.
 
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Organizational Economics and Growth
Instructor: Josh Lerner and William R. Kerr
HBS 4351
ECON 2730
W 5:30-8:30pm
Cumnock 230
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 explores the emerging work in this dynamic area. Reflecting the complex nature of entrepreneurship, the course will touch on literature in a variety of academic disciplines. The 2017-18 class focuses on works from the industrial economics, organizational economics, economic geography, macroeconomics and sociology literatures; the 2018-19 class focuses on works from the corporate finance and labor literatures. Students taking the course for credit will be expected to complete three referee reports and a paper. This course is cross-listed as ECON 2730. HBS PhD students should enroll in ECON 2730.
 
Organizational Behavior Lab
HBS 4428
TH 10am-12pm
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 101
Organizational Behavior (OB) Lab is a research workshop for those whose research interests center on micro-OB – that is, research interests based in micro-sociology, psychology or framed in psychological terms and relevant to organizational behavior.  The research may include any and all methodologies.  OB Lab is devoted to helping its members develop early-stage research projects.  We aim for a constructive, collaborative atmosphere in which we can share ideas for projects, methodological questions, and questions about how to interpret results.  Our hope is to build a tight community of micro-OB doctoral researchers (and a few faculty) who know each other’s work well and give each other useful feedback at every stage of the research process. There will be eight meetings a semester, specific Thursdays TBD.
 
Field Experiments
Instructor: Michael Luca
HBS 4430
T 9am-12pm
Cumnock 220
Social scientists are increasingly implementing field experiments to test theories and evaluate policies. Examples range from randomizing a company’s advertising expenditures to varying job offer details to prospective employees. Some field experiments are run in close collaboration with organizations, while others are run without any organizational involvement. Many companies and governments are also now running experiments at scale. This doctoral course will explore field experiments in the social sciences. The course has three goals for students:

  1. To develop the tools to design, implement, and analyze a field experiment.
  2. To gain an understanding of the strengths and limits of field experiments.
  3. To examine in-depth examples of field experiments that have been run, and the insights that have been gained from them.
 
Empirical Technology and Operations Management
Instructor: TBA
HBS 4482
TBA
This course exposes students to cutting-edge empirical research on innovation and operations management topics. In addition to familiarizing students with key empirically-derived insights in these domains, it enhances students’ understanding of empirical methods and strengthens their ability to design and conduct empirical research. Offered in alternating years, this course is required of TOM doctoral students and is open to other doctoral students.
 
Doctoral Seminar on Consumer Behavior
Instructor: Anat Keinan
HBS 4630
TH 9am-12pm
Morgan 450
This course will provide a research overview of the field of consumer behavior and consumer decision making. Drawing principally from research papers from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology, the course will cover topics including preferences, persuasion, learning, and decision making. Students will be expected to prepare the readings, critically critique the research, and actively participate in discussions. An exploratory research paper will be required for completion of the course.
 
Applied Econometrics for Research in Management
Instructor: John Beshears
HBS 4809
M 9am-12pm
Cumnock 230
This course examines the application of econometric methods for causal inference to research questions in management and related fields. Techniques include the analysis of randomized experiments, fixed effects, difference-in-differences strategies, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity and regression kink designs, and other topics that arise in empirical studies. Research questions and examples will be drawn from a range of disciplines, such as operations management, strategy, organizational behavior, accounting, and marketing. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding institutional details when constructing research designs. This course is intended for doctoral students in management and public policy who aim to become adept producers and consumers of contemporary empirical research. Undergraduate students with the appropriate background are also welcome. Prerequisite: ECON 2110 or similar course in econometrics covering probability and basic regression analysis.
 
DBA Seminar for Technology and Operations Management
Instructor: Feng Zhu
HBS 4840
F 2:30-4:00pm
Cumnock 230
This seminar provides a forum to provide feedback for doctoral students on their research projects in innovation and operations management. The seminar also seeks to bolster research collaboration among students and between them and TOM faculty. The seminar is required of TOM DBA students unless exempted by the TOM DBA faculty coordinator. Other doctoral students with related interests may take this course with instructor permission.
 
Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior
Instructor: TBA
HBS 4882
TBA

Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior is a survey course covering the study of individual, dyadic, small group and intra-organizational behavior, with special focus on research by Harvard Faculty. At the individual level, examples of possible topics include cognitive psychology, behavioral decision theory, motivation theory, and the study of attitudes and emotions. At the dyadic level, examples include negotiation, social perceptions, relationships and supervisor-subordinate ties. Teams, multiparty decision making and coalitions are possible topics at the group level. Examples of potential topics at the intra-organizational level include conflict, culture, person-organization fit, psychological contracts, justice and power. Most sessions will include a broad discussion of a topic, followed by a more focused discussion with a faculty member about her or his research in the area.