EC 135 - Economics of Uncertainty and Information
This course provides a basic introduction to decision making under uncertainty. The course is divided into two parts: Economics of Uncertainty and Economics of Information. In the first part we will talk about expected utility theory, risk attitudes and insurance markets. In the second part we will focus on the economic analysis of production and exchange under conditions of asymmetric information.
PS 132 - Formal Theories in Political Science
The aim of this course is to introduce you to theoretical and experimental research in political economy. We will cover several central topics, which were studied and advanced through a combination of formal theoretical analysis and laboratory experiments. We will talk about collective decision-making, elections and candidates competition, why people vote in the elections, multilateral bargaining, and, finally, political accountability. In most of these topics we will explore in details the interplay between the theoretical predictions and behavior observed in the laboratory experiments.
SS 210a - Foundations of Political Economy
This class is designed as a seminar for second year (+) graduate students. We will cover several central topics which were studied and advanced through a combination of formal theoretical analysis and laboratory experiments. The incomplete list of topics include two-party electoral competition with complete and incomplete information, asymmetric contests, multi-candidate elections, welfare effects of pre-election polls, multilateral bargaining, redistributive taxation and persuasion games.
SS 225 - Experimetrics (co-taught with Ben Gillen)
This course explores the interaction of experimental design and econometric inference in the laboratory approach to economic questions. The course critically evaluates existing experimental studies to highlight this interaction and motivate consideration of inferential strategies early in an experiment's design. Methodological topics may include testing theories in two-by-two designs, power and optimal design, classifying subjects into canonical types, testing based on elicited preferences and beliefs, and challenges introduced by communication and dynamics in economic experiments.