Mathematics and Statistics For M.A. Students (ECO 1010H,F) provides MA Regular Stream and MFE students mathematical and statistical foundations for their microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics courses with an emphasis on techniques and tools. The Math portion focuses on: static unconstrained and constrained optimization, envelope theorem, dynamic optimization, matrix algebra and some differential and difference equations. The Stat portion focuses on probability, conditional probability, random variables, probability and cumulative distribution functions, probabilistic processes (such as Normal, Poisson, Bernoulli etc), Central Limit Theorems, parametric hypotheses and tests and Maximum Likelihood. Optional textbooks: "Optimization in Economic Theory" (A.K. Dixit) and "Econometric Analysis" (W. H. Greene).
NOTE: A test will be held on the first day of the ECO1010F course (this is NOT the case for ECO1011F). Students will be able to bring a non-programmable calculator and a 'cheat sheet' (9x11, double-sided, readable without a magnifying glass!).
NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, a regular stream MA student may be permitted to take the Math and Stats course for PhD and MA Doctoral Stream Students, ECO1011H1F. In these cases, written permission from the Associate Chair (email Martin J. Osborne) is required PRIOR to starting the Math Stats course August 16, 2010.