Worksheet for PhD in Economics or Agricultural Economics

Fall Semester:

  1. EconS 500 Macroeconomic Theory I – Introduction to dynamics, growth and investment, overlapping generations models, Ramsey model, consumption and investment.
  2. EconS 501 Microeconomic Theory I – Microeconomic theory, multivariate optimization, consumer and producer theory, competitive partial equilibrium, introduction to imperfect competition.
  3. EconS 506 Mathematics for Economists – The course focuses on real analysis, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, unconstrained and constrained static optimization, differential and difference equations, dynamic constrained optimization, and dynamic programming.
  4. EconS 510 Statistics for Economists – Statistical theory underlying econometric techniques utilized in quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance.
  5. EconS 512 Econometrics II – Econometric methods for systems estimation; simultaneous equations, discrete and limited dependent variable, panel data, and time series data.
  6. EconS 571 International Economics (taught in alternate years with EconS 583) – Recent developments in trade theory and policy, including international factor movements, empirical analysis of trade flows and strategic trade policies.
  7. EconS 582 Environmental Economics – Economic theory for environmental issues; externalities, property rights, and welfare analysis; policy design and implementation; non-market valuation and cost/benefit analysis.
  8. EconS 583 Public Sector Economics (taught in alternate years with EconS 571) – Public sector and public choice economics, including government debt and tax policy, public decision making, bureaucratic behavior and rent-seeking, with applications.
  9. EconS 594 Theory of Industrial Organization – Theory of market structure and firm behavior, including price and non-price competition, information and strategic behavior, and technological change.
  10. EconS 596 Advanced Topics in Financial Economics – May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Topics may include financial theory and empirical methods as applied to financial management, investments, international finance, and markets/institutions.

Spring Semester:

  1. EconS 502 Macroeconomic Theory II – Macroeconomic theory, short-run fluctuations and nominal rigidities, monetary economics and inflation, real business cycle models, unemployment international macroeconomics.
  2. EconS 503 Microeconomic Theory II – General equilibrium, welfare economics and social choice, market failure, game theory, economics of information.
  3. EconS 504 Production and Consumption Economics (Taught in even alternate years) – Advanced duality topics, demand and supply system modeling, financial economics and risk.
  4. EconS 511 Econometrics I – General equilibrium, welfare economics and social choice, market failure, game theory, economics of information.
  5. EconS 513 Econometrics III (currently taught in even alternate years) – Linear and non-linear models and maximum likelihood estimation and inference; semi-parametric and parametric methods; limited dependent variable models.
  6. EconS 514 Econometrics IV (currently taught in odd alternate years) – Constrained estimation, testing hypotheses, bootstrap resampling, BMM estimation and inference, nonparametric regression analysis, and an introduction to Bayesian econometrics.
  7. EconS 572 International Development – Structural and two-sector growth models of developing countries and countries in transition; empirical estimation of sources of growth.
  8. EconS581 Natural Resource Economics – Economic dynamics of natural resource systems.
  9. EconS 593 Applications in Microeconomic Topics – Applied topics in healthcare, sports, transportation and other markets.

Both Semesters

  1. AFS 505 – Topics in Computational and Analytical Methods for Scientists. – Typically offered in the Fall semester, R programming, and in the Spring semester, Python and Big data computing.
  2. EconS 529 Research Methods – May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 3 hours. Prepare and communicate professional-quality research with an emphasis on learning how to identify, develop, write, and present research. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
  3. EconS 598 PhD Research Seminar – May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours. Seminar focusing on PhD students presenting their own research and critically assessing the research of other PhD students. S, F grading.
  4. EconS 599 Special Topics in Economics
  5. EconS 600 Special Projects or Independent Study – May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.
  6. EconS 800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination – May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit.

Contact Info

Jaimie Dahl
Graduate Coordinator
Hulbert 101D

Dr. Jeffrey Luckstead
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
Hulbert 103E

Washington State University