Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses in Economics


ECO 5301 Microeconomics Theory I (3 semester hours) Modern approaches to the theory of the firm, the theory of the consumer, and formal relationships among the various economic functions developed using dual approaches to the optimization of objectives such as profit maximization, utility maximization, and cost minimization. Introduction to game theory; and market analysis through classical/neoclassical and game theoretic approaches. (3-0)
ECO 5302 Macroeconomics Theory I (3 semester hours) Development of modern macroeconomic theory, including national income accounts and their relation to input-output tables; classical, Keynesian, and monetarist aggregate models; behavior hypotheses of consumption, investment, and government; properties and the role of money and interest; foreign trade and investment; price rigidity, price flexibility, and employment; wage-price interaction and inflation; unemployment; and ad hoc stabilization models. (3-0)
ECO 5309 Mathematical Economics (3 semester hours) Mathematical tools used in advanced topics model building and in the social and economic analysis of public policy. (3 0)
ECO 5311 Applied Econometrics (3 semester hours) Explores advanced econometric techniques for policy analysis. Topics include multicollinearity, heterosedasticity, time series, contextual effects and aggregation, simultaneous equations, selectivity bias and its correction, pooling cross-sectional and time series data, and models of qualitative choice. Techniques are illustrated with readings from the recent journal literature. (3-0)
ECO 6307 Microeconomics Theory II (3 semester hours) General equilibrium theory of markets and welfare economics; discusses the problems of existence, stability, efficiency, and equity of economic equilibrium; and introduces social choice and the special problems created by public goods, externalities, and uncertainty. Prerequisite: ECO 5301 (3-0)
ECO 6308 Macroeconomics Theory II (3 semester hours) Development of modern macroeconomic theory, including disequilibrium theory, optimal short-term stabilization measures, and monetary, fiscal, incomes, and exchange rate policies; large-scale econometric models; linear and neoclassical growth models; aggregate distribution theory; money, capital movements, trade, and growth; optimal growth models; and exhaustible resources and growth. Prerequisite: ECO 5302 (3-0)
ECO 6309 Econometrics I (3 semester hours) An introduction to econometrics, with a development of background concepts in linear algebra and statistics. The course focuses on estimation, hypothesis testing, and prediction in the classical linear regression model. Corresponding large sample issues are considered. General testing principles, such as likelihood ratio, Wald, and Hausman-type test are also discussed. Other topics include various specification issues and qualitative dependent variable models. Prerequisite: ECO 5311 (3-0)
ECO 6310 Econometrics II (3 semester hours) A continuation of ECO 5341. Topics include the generalized least squares model, and dynamic single equation and simultaneous equation models. This includes discussion of tests for heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation, prediction issues, time series models such as ARCH and GARCH models, unit roots and cointegration, panel data models, and the FIML and GMM procedures. Both linear and nonlinear models are considered. Prerequisite: ECO 6309 (3-0)
ECO 6314 Structural Equation and Multilevel (Hierarchical) Modeling (3 semester hours) An introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM) and multilevel modeling (MLM), sometimes called hierarchical linear or mixed modeling. SEM represents a general approach to the statistical examination of the fit of a theoretical model to empirical data. Topics include observed variable (path) analysis, latent variable models (e.g., confirmatory factor analysis), and latent variable SEM analyses. MLM represents a general approach to handling data that are nested within each other or have random components. Topics include dealing with two-level data that may be cross-sectional, such as students within classes, or longitudinal, such as repeated observations on individuals, firms, or countries. Prerequisite: POEC 5316 or consent of instructor. (Same as POEC 6318 Structural Equation and Multilevel (Hierarchical) Modeling) (3-0)
ECO 6315 Time Series Econometrics (3 semester hours) This course examines econometric issues encountered in the analysis of time series data from a perspective of both estimation and forecasting: various forms of serial correlation within classical regression models, ARCH and GARCH models, Box-Jenkins ARIMA models, unit root models and cointegration, and modeling economic dynamics with VAR and other techniques.
ECO 6316 Spatial Econometrics (3 semester hours) The application of econometric techniques to the explicit treatment of space (geography) in social science models. Covers the specification of spatial regression models, estimation and specification testing. The emphasis is on the application of spatial econometric methods to an empirical data analysis project. Prerequisite: POEC 5311 or equivalent. (3-0) R
ECO 6321 Financial Economics I (3 semester hours) A course in quantitative methods for investment analysis, supplemented with detailed descriptions of the prominent players and the rules of the game which prevail in major U.S. financial markets. Security valuation, fixed income pricing formulas, and basic portfolio management are covered. The key concepts and outstanding debates surrounding the efficient market hypothesis are introduced. (3-0)
ECO 6322 Financial Economics II (3 semester hours) Continuation of Financial Economics I. It covers core concepts in portfolio theory within the mean-variance framework, focusing on the problem of choosing a point on the efficient set. Additional topics to be covered include the CAPM model, arbitrage pricing theory, bond analysis, and the basics of the term structure. (3-0)
ECO 6323 Financial Economics III (3 semester hours) A focus on options and futures. Terms such as contango, backwardation, cost of carry, index arbitrage, and straddle are defined and analyzed. Binomial option pricing, the Black-Scholes model, and the issue of put-call parity are covered. (3-0)
ECO 6325 Cost Benefit Analysis (3 semester hours) Examines methods for measuring costs and benefits of public projects and policies, and the application of cost benefit analysis to areas such as economic development, water resources, recreation, transportation, regulation, and the environment. (Same as POEC 7304 Cost Benefit Analysis) (3-0)
ECO 6331 Labor Economics I (3 semester hours) Labor economics is the branch of economics that deals with how labor markets function. Topics covered will include labor supply, retirement, wage structure, inequality in earnings, discrimination, and labor market frictions. This course is recommended as the first in a two-course sequence of graduate labor economics. (3-0)
ECO 6332 Labor Economics II (3 semester hours) This course continues the study of theoretical and applied research of labor markets from Labor Economics I. Topics studied include demand for labor, wage setting institutions, wage structure, investment in human capital, and labor mobility. (3-0)
ECO 6335 Health Economics (3 semester hours) Economic analysis of the health care industry to explain the demand for and supply of medical care. Includes analysis of behavior of consumers, producers, and insurers; and public policies to regulate the industry and to provide services for the various segments of the population. (3-0)
ECO 6336 Economics of Education (3 semester hours) This seminar examines theoretical and empirical writings relating to educational policy. The issues considered will include the link between educational achievement and earnings, the role of early childhood, assessments of head start and pre-school programs, the effectiveness of compensatory education and tutoring programs, the large and persistent achievement gap between children from minority and low-income families and those from middle-income Asian and white families, a critical examination of educational production functions, the extent and consequences of school segregation, bilingual education programs, special education programs, international comparisons of student achievement and schools, school finance and an examination of various school reform proposals. (Same as POEC 7319 Seminar on Education Policy) (3-0)
ECO 6340 Industrial Organization (3 semester hours) Market structure, firm conduct, and economic performance of business with emphasis on firmsí strategic behavior in price and nonprice competition. Topics include oligopoly pricing and production decisions, strategic entry deterrence, location strategies, product differentiation, advertising, research and development, and the effects of firmsí conduct on economic welfare and market structure. (3-0)
ECO 6343 Economic Regulation of Business (3 semester hours) Studies the rationale for, and the history and political-economic results of, government intervention in markets in the form of (1) direct regulation of prices, quantity, entry and exit, and product quality in industries (utility, communication, and transportation), and (2) indirect intervention through antitrust laws and the regulation of advertising. Government deregulation and changes in antitrust institutions also are explored. (Same as POEC 7323 Economic Regulation of Business) (3-0)
ECO 6344 Transfer Pricing (3 semester hours) The economics of transfer pricing of goods, services, and intellectual property traded among units (divisions or affiliated firms) of a common parent company. Multidivisional firms and multina≠tional enterprises use transfer pricing for coordination of divisional objectives, allocating internal resources, and maximizing after-tax profits, among other goals. Governments base firmsí tax liability on transfer prices; so their taxing authorities operate to ensure transfer prices adequately reflect the value of goods and services, challenging firmsí established transfer pricing if it is deemed necessary. Legal issues and methods used by private firms and government agencies for establishing transfer prices are explored. (Same as POEC 7317 Transfer Pricing) (3-0)
ECO 6345 Innovation Dynamics and Industry Change (3 semester hours) Examines patterns and processes of technological and organizational innovation in technology-intensive industries. Special attention given to industries in the broad IT-Telecom sector heavily represented in the Dallas regional economy. Focuses on the institutional, economic, political, and sectoral contexts in which the continued development must be interpreted, with a focus on how rapid technical advance has emerged as a key criterion for competitiveness. (Same as POEC 7327 Innovation Dynamics and Industry Change) (3-0)
ECO 6351 Development Economics (3 semester hours) An overview of theories of national economic growth and development in the context of developing countries. This includes macroeconomic models; the role of financial development, trade, and agriculture; domestic sectoral policy; human resource development; the environment; poverty. (3 0)
ECO 6352 World Political Economy (3 semester hours) An overview of the major economic, social, political and cultural forces that influence the nature of the international economic and political environment, as well as global economic and political relations. Topics include: theories of global political economy; economic and political transformation in Eastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union; democratization and development in the less developed countries; military and non-military approaches to national and international security; environmentally sustainable economic development; and the international implications of technological failure. (Same as POEC 6360 World Political Economy) (3 0)
ECO 6355 International Trade (3 semester hours) Provides a broad overview of theory and evidence concerning international trade, direct foreign investment and trade policy. Topics include scale economies, imperfect competition, and product differentiation, trade dynamics, economic growth, trade policies, and the political process. (3-0)
ECO 6356 International Finance (3 semester hours) Financial aspects of growth and income determination in open economies. Specific topics include financial risk in the international setting; money and exchange rate regimes; income determination and macroeconomic policy; history of international monetary arrangements, and current issues in international monetary reform. (3-0)
ECO 6358 Population, Resources, and Environment (3 semester hours) Examines the relations between population, resources, economic development, and the environment in light of conflicting Malthusian and anti Malthusian paradigms. Topics include fertility, mortality, public health, human capital, use of resources, and environmental impacts at local, regional, and global scales. (Same as POEC 6368 Population, Resources, and Environment) (3 0)
ECO 6361 Public Sector Economics (3 semester hours) Examines the economic role of government in a mixed economy. Surveys why markets may fail and explores governmental strategies of intervention in light of these failures. Expenditure and tax policies are studied with attention to effects on both efficiency and distribution. Prerequisite: POEC 5305 or consent of instructor. (Same as POEC 5314 Public Sector Economics)(3 0)
ECO 6362 Industry, Technology, and Science Policy (3 semester hours) An examination of the bi-directional relationship of science and technology to the economy and society. Topics include: the nature of technology; technology as magic Ė the technological fix; technological progress, productivity and global industrial competitiveness; the economic and social shaping of science and technology; the role of government policy; human fallibility and dangerous technology; appropriate technology and economic development; and science, technology and the environment. (Same as POEC 6353 Industry, Technology, and Science Policy) (3 0)
ECO 6371 Urban Economics (3 semester hours) Presents methods and models for understanding urban growth and development processes. Topics include analysis of urban growth, land use patterns, transportation and local public good delivery systems. Welfare consequences of various urban policy options are explored. (Same as POEC 6341 Urban Development) (3 0)
ECO 6372 Local Economic Development (3 semester hours) Examines the role of local governments in promoting economic development in the United States. This course analyzes the economic development process through economic theories of local development and examines practical implications of those theories. Topics include local economic development and poverty, tax incentives, infrastructure credits, firm location decisions and effects of government competition for economic activity. (Same as PA 6342, POEC 6365) (3 0)
ECO 7311 Special Topics in Applied Econometrics (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. However, students may not take more than 3 hours of the field requirement from ECO 7311. (3-0)
ECO 7321 Special topics in Human Resources (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. However, students may not take more than 3 hours of the field requirement from ECO 7321.
ECO 7331 Special topics in Industrial Organization (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. However, students may not take more than 3 hours of the field requirement from ECO 7331. (Same as POEC 7329 Special topics in Industry and Public Policy) (3-0)
ECO 7341 Special topics in International Development (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. However, students may not take more than 3 hours of the field requirement from ECO 7341. (3-0)
ECO 7351 Special Topics in Public Policy (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. However, students may not take more than 3 hours of the field requirement from ECO 7351. (3-0)
ECO 7391 Special Topics in Economics (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours.)
ECO 7V01 Survey/Research Seminar (3 or 6 semester hours) Students registering for this seminar work towards the completion of their literature survey or their research project. Oral presentations and progress reports, as well as a presentation of the final product.
ECO 8V01 Dissertation Seminar (Variable number of semester hours) A seminar for students preparing proposals or writing dissertations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of qualifying examination or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Same as POEC 8398 Dissertation Seminar) ([3-9]-0)
ECO 8V02 Dissertation (Variable number of semester hours) Provides faculty supervision of a studentís dissertation research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. ([1-9]-0)