Introduction to Comparative Political Economy (graduate)
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, my aim here is to we 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 (and other related areas), we study some of the most important papers on Comparative Political Economy, focusing on generating novel hypotheses and ideas for further the research in the field.
Introduction to Game Theory (undergraduate)
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 class the student is expected to have a working knowledge in game theory that will facilitate the understanding of academic articles, as well as model real world situations using game theory. The class does not assume any previous knowledge in game theory, and the math requirements are kept at 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.