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University of Wyoming
College of Business
Economics & Finance Dept.
1000 E University Ave.
Dept. 3985, BU 225 East
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2175
Fax: (307) 766-5090
Email: econfinance@uwyo.edu

Graduate Courses

To find out which of these classes is offered in a particular semester, see the Class schedules.

Graduate Economics courses

5010. Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis. 3. An advanced application of economic theory to complex macroeconomics problems facing the economy of the state and nation, such as inflation, unemployment, and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite: ECON 3010, 3020, or equivalent.

5020. Advanced Microeconomic Analysis. 3. A rigorous course in the analysis of demand and the theory of consumer behavior, supply and the theory of the firm, market equilibrium and stability, and income distribution. Prerequisite: ECON 3010, 3020, or equivalent.

5110. Advanced Topics in Economic Theory. 3. A study of selected topics in modern economic theory. Topics include growth theory, optimal control, dynamics, uncertainty, and game theory. Prerequisites: ECON 5010, 5020.

5115. Time Series Analysis and Forecasting. 3. An applied introduction to time series and forecasting. Brief coverage of time series regression, decomposition methods, and smoothing will lead into a more detailed coverage of Box-Jenkins (ARIMA) modeling. Computer analysis using MINITAB and SAS will be an important part of the course. Dual listed with ECON 4115; cross listed with STAT 5115. Prerequisites: STAT 3050 or equivalent, STAT 4015/5015 recommended.

5120. Advanced Analysis II-Microecomics. 3. Part of a sequence with ECON 5020. It is advanced microeconomic analysis covering general equilibrium and welfare economics, and advanced topics in consumption and production theory. Prerequisites: ECON 5010, 5020.

5130. Dynamic Optimization. 3. Covers methods for obtaining the optimal choice for economic variables that change over time, including calculus of variations and optimal control. These methods are applied to various dynamic economic problems, including optimal resource extraction, optimal capital allocation, and optimal growth. Prerequisites: ECON 5020, 5370.

5300. Game Theory. 3. Discusses a variety of important concepts in the application of game theory to modern microeconomics, including Nash equilibrium, subgame perfect equilibrium,and Bayesian Nash equilibrium. Time permitting, the class will also explore some relatively new uses of game theory, including evolutionary games and differential games. Prerequisites: admission to the graduate program in Economics and Finance.

5310. Research Methods. 3. A variety of topics of importance to the advanced student who is preparing to write his or her dissertation are discussed. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in Economics and Finance.

5320. Experimental Methods in Economics. 3. Accepted experimental techniques in behavioral economics are studied. Critical review of previous experimental work is used to learn proper procedure. The value of subject control and creative construction is stressed. Prerequisites: ECON 3010, 3020.

5330. Advanced Mathematical Economics. 3. Study of the principal mathematic techniques used in economic theory and modeling. Taught jointly with ECON 5020. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5340. Applied Econometrics. 3. Presents a thorough coverage of the general and normal linear regression models. Then proceeds to deal with the standard methodologies for estimating variations of this model including autocorrelation and hetero-skedasticity, extreme multicolinearity, disturbance-related sets of regression equations, simultaneous equation bias, and simultaneous equation models. Prerequisites: ECON 3010, 3020 and STAT 2010.

5350. Advanced Economic Theory I. 3. Review topics in probability theory and mathematical statistics. Also provides an introduction to the classical linear regression model, estimation, hypothesis testing, and prediction. Prerequisites: Calculus and Basic Statistics.

5360. Advanced Economic Theory II. 3. Continue the analysis in ECON 5350 and cover topics such as panel data, limited-dependent variables, simultaneous systems, nonlinear models, Bayesian analysis, and time series methods. Prerequisites: ECON 5350.

5370. Advanced Econometric Theory III. 1 - 3 (Max 9). More in-depth coverage of topics in ECON 5350 and 5360. Topics are selected based on current advancements in econometrics and students' research interests and may include generalized method of moments (GMM), nonparametric estimation, state-space models and the Kalman filter, mixed and nested logit models, multinomial discrete-choice models, and simulated maximum likelihood. Prerequisite: ECON 5360.

5400. Advanced Resource and Environmental Economics. 3. An analysis of resource development projects and environmental change. Included are cost-effectiveness analysis and other quantitative techniques used in evaluating resource projects and public policy issues concerning the environment. Prerequisite: ECON 3020, 4400 or consent of instructor.

5410. Seminar in Resource and Environmental Economics. 1-3 (Max. 6). An analysis of resource development projects and environmental change. Included are cost-effectiveness analysis and other quantitative techniques used in evaluating resource projects and public policy issues concerning the environment. Prerequisite: ECON 3020 or 4400.

5520. Theory of Public Finance. 3. A survey course covering welfare foundations of public finance, theory of public goods, benefit-cost analysis, fiscal federalism, the economics of taxation (incidence analysis, excess burden and optimal taxes), the U.S. tax system, and tax issues in open economics. Prerequisite: ECON 5010, 5020 or equivalent.

5640. Financial Economics I. 3. Focuses on theoretical topics. Covers optimal portfolio selection under uncertainty and differential information as well as fundamental theoretical issues in banking and financial intermediation. In the latter part of the semester, students have an opportunity to present one of the assigned articles in class and lead a discussion on it, with active participation by the entire class. Prerequisites: PhD-level microeconomics class (5020) and at least one 4000-level finance class.

5650. Financial Economics II. 1-3 (Max. 6). Topics include corporate finance, capital structure and the theoretical valuation of financial securities; also, asset pricing and financial econometrics. Prerequisite: ECON 5640.

5700. Advanced Economic Development. 3. Explores basic growth theory, "economic history" models of economic expansion, theories of natural resource based development and trade-resource models, the role of institutions and public policy in influencing development, and the effects of population, trade and finance on development. Prerequisites: ECON 5010, 5020.

5720. Advanced International Economics. 3. Studies the economics of trade between nations. Important trade theories are studied along with their empirical evaluation. Time is devoted to the importance of international trade growth. Government trade policies are given theoretical and empirical evaluation. Prerequisite: ECON 5020.

5730. Advanced Regional Analysis. 3. An advanced study or regional economic models. Included are structural and simulation models, regional growth models, and income estimation models. Emphasis is placed on quantitative analysis of regional growth and development. Prerequisite: ECON 3010, 3020 and 4600 or equivalents.

5820. Advanced Industrial Organization and Public Policy. 3. An application of market and price theory to concentration, size, competition; antitrust; close-knit and loose-knit combinations; business practices; price leadership and discrimination; delivered pricing; fair trade; unfair competition; and public policy. Prerequisite: ECON 5010, 5020, or equivalent.

5830. Empirical Industrial Organization. 3. Focuses on methods of analyzing data and testing hypotheses arising in the field of industrial organization. Much of the material builds on concepts introduced in ECON 5020 along with concepts presented in econometrics classes. Although many of the relevant concepts are primarily covered in ECON 5820, this course can be taken before or without taking ECON 5820. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in Economics and Finance.

5840. Advanced Public Utility Economics. 3. Explores the contribution that economics can make to government regulation of business. Regulation theory is concerned with defining the goal of economic efficiency and providing rules for achieving it. Specifically covers market structures, systems of incentives, laws and administrative procedures, and economic performance in the field of regulation. Prerequisite: ECON 4840 or equivalent.

5890. Seminar in Advanced Economics. 1-3 (Max. 9). An advanced tutorial-conference course intended to give graduate students experience in research in economic problems. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisites: enrolled in a graduate degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Graduate Finance Courses

5000. Macroeconomics and Management Finance. 3. Introduction to macroeconomics and management finance. Macroeconomics helps define the environment in which firms make financial decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 2010, STAT 2010, MATH 2350 or 2355.

5310. Investment Management and Analysis. 3. The theory of investment management and security values, portfolio management including the analysis of investment policies and objectives, the analysis and use of investment information, and the development and application of the tools for determining values. Prerequisite: FIN 5510 and graduate standing.

5320. Corporate Finance and Governance. 3. Designed to provide a framework to analyze issues in corporate finance and governance. The firm is viewed as a nexus of contracts designed to reduce the costs of trade-and corporate finance is regarded as an investigation of the incomplete contracts that involve the providers of capital. Prerequisites: FIN 3250 (or equivalent); admission to the Master of finance, Graduate Program in Economics and Finance or Master of Accounting.

5400. Empirical Finance. 3. Involves the application of basic econometric methods to the analysis of financial data. The course is focused on empirical estimation and analysis of theoretical financial models. The study of market microstructure models and other characteristics of financial data are included. Dual listed with FIN 4400. Prerequisites: FIN 3250, IMGT 2400 and advanced business standing; graduate standing.

5510. Financial Management. 3. Studies of environmental influences on corporate financial decision making and measurement devices useful in corporate financial management. Prerequisite: MATH 2220, STAT 2020, ACCT 2020, COSC 1200 or equivalent; accepted in a graduate program.

5520. Seminar in Finance Theory. 3. Deals with the theory and application of security analysis and portfolio management. Prerequisite: FIN 5510 or equivalent; accepted in a graduate program.

5810. Real Estate Appraisal. 3. Covers the basics of appraisal, the three main approaches to valuation, reconciliation, and report. Topics of mass appraisal and multiple regression analysis are also considered. Deals with elements of real estate appraisal as they apply to residential, commercial/industrial and rural real property. Dual listed with FIN 4810. Prerequisites: FIN 3250 and advanced business student.

5890. Advanced Problems in Finance. 1-9 (Max. 9). An arrangement whereby a student is permitted to develop an advanced phase of finance not offered in the formally structured courses or to investigate a finance problem, a written report is required. Prerequisite: 9 hours in finance and consent of instructor.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrolled in a graduate degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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