Teaching

Introduction to Comparative Political Economy (graduate)

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The objective of this class is to introduce the student to the growing field of Comparative Political Economy. As there are many ways that this class can be design, we will aim to read papers on how political institutions affect economic performance. Drawing from the readings on Comparative Politics, Political Economy, American Politics, and other related fields in Political Science and Economics, we study the most essential papers on Comparative Political Economy, focusing on generating novel hypotheses and ideas for further the research in the field.

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Introduction to Game Theory (undergraduate)

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The objective of this class is to build up a working knowledge in applied game theory, focusing on current International Relations and Political Economy problems. By the end of the course, the student is expected to have a working knowledge in game theory that will facilitate the understanding of academic articles, as well as real-world model situations using game theory. The class does not assume any previous knowledge in game theory, and the math requirements are kept at a minimum: high school math without any calculus pre-requisites. In the class, we will be studying games ranging from simple Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium computations to more sophisticated Bayesian games and Bargaining models.

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Impact Evaluation and Experimental Political Science (graduate)

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This class will introduce the concepts and techniques of experimental impact evaluation, with applications in social sciences and international relations. We will discuss all the steps involved in impact evaluation of social programs, since the very beginning of formalizing the idea, until the most complicated issues, such as designing A/B tests and field experiments. After this class, the student will be prepared to design, plan, implement, and evaluate a social policy of her interest. We will illustrate the field implementation details with the project Incentives for Preventive Health Care Provision, run by the professor, and funded by FGV.

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Math for International Relations (undergraduate)

This class aims to initiate the student in the tools required to learn Game Theory and Econometrics effectively. We will study Calculus and Linear Algebra, with a focus on convex optimization problems. At the end of the class, we will read papers on how these tools are currently being applied in the field of International Politics.

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Data Science for IR (undergraduate)

In this class, we will study the primary data manipulation and analysis methods, applying our knowledge into IR problems. We will focus on automated data collection, manipulation analysis of large datasets, and machine learning modeling. This class will use the statistical package R (https://www.r-project.org). We will apply our knowledge on Political Regime’s Classification, Predicting the Stability of Political Alliances, Analysis of International Trade, and Voting Patterns, among others.

Links: Syllabus