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PROF. ETTORE DAMIANO

Associate chair, undergraduate affairs

PROF. ROBERT GAZZALE

Undergraduate administrator

MS. SALLY WONG

Undergraduate commerce administrator

MS. JENNY FAN

Undergraduate assistant

MS. DEBORAH NAVARRO

 

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Welcome to the undergraduate Economics website for prospective and current students. On these pages, you will find information about our programs and courses, as well as other useful resources and links. Read more...

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Economics Recheck or Reread Request Form

The following is applicable only for courses with final assessments in April, 2020 , June, 2020 , December, 2020, and April 2021. In response to recent operational changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the department established a temporary course recheck or reread process. If you think there was a mistake in the calculation of your final course grade or if you would like to have your final assessment remarked in an Economics course at the St. George campus, please fill out this Economics Recheck or Reread Request Form and send it to ugassistant.economics@utoronto.ca along with a copy of your final assessment. The department will start accepting requests on the following dates:

  • Final assessments in April 2020: May 19, 2020.
  • Final assessments in June 2020 (Summer F Courses): July 23, 2020.
  • Final assessments in June 2020 (Summer S and Y Courses): September 25, 2020.
  • Final assessments in December 2020 (Fall F Courses): January 22, 2021.
  • Final assessments in April 2021 (Winter S and Y Courses): TBD.

Please note: when the university resumes normal operations, students are expected to use the Faculty of Arts & Science Exam Recheck or Reread request form for future requests.

Special Topics Courses Offered Winter 2021

NEW COURSE:
ECO422H1S, Special Topics in Economics: Inequality and Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics and inequality is a two-way street: Macroeconomic shocks and policies affect inequality and inequality affects macroeconomic aggregates. In this course we explore this rich interaction between inequality and the macroeconomy that characterizes our world. The goal is to introduce the frameworks (heterogenous agents models) for thinking about this interaction. At the core of these frameworks there will be a distribution of households that differ in wealth, productivity, and consumption-savings behavior. These models will be micro-founded, i.e., we will model macroeconomic aggregates as consequences of optimizing individual decisions. We will also test the predictions of these models with the data. The types of questions we will study include: What is the role of household heterogeneity in the transmission of monetary and fiscal policy? What are the distributional macroeconomic effects of Covid-19 pandemic? How do government policies affect inequality?

This is an advanced undergraduate course in macroeconomics. Thus, an intermediate level macroeconomic theory course is prerequisite. We will also use the language of mathematics to write down our models. A fair amount of knowledge of (dynamic) optimization techniques is also required.

Prerequisites:
ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO202Y1/ECO208Y1/ECO209Y1; ECO220Y1/ ECO227Y1/ (STA237H1, STA238H1)/ (STA247H1, STA248H1)/ (STA257H1, STA261H1); at least 1.0 FCE in ECO at the 300+ level.

Schedule: W9-12AM, Online Synchronous

Delivery method:
Lectures and tutorials will be delivered online as per the A&S Timetable schedule. Discussion is an integral part of the course. The classes will also be recorded for those who may miss the class due to reasonable excuses.

ECO421H1S, Macroeconomic Finance (with machine learning applications), L0101

The course will aim to study certain topics in macro-finance, specifically those related to the notion of risks (aggregate and individual), to uncertainty and to financial assets, more precisely intangible assets. Since thereis a growing trend of applications of Machine Learning (ML) in this area, we will see some of them during the course. To do this, there will be an introductory part to ML which will take the form of a coding course with an intuitive approach to the techniques. This will allow students to have the basics related to ML and possibly prepare them for more in-depth courses at the graduate level.

Prerequisites:
ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO202Y1/ECO208Y1/ECO209Y1; ECO220Y1 / ECO227Y1/ (STA220H1, STA255H1)/ (STA257H1, STA261H1); At least one FCE in ECO at the 300 level or higher.

Schedule: W2-5PM, Online Synchronous

Note: please refer to A&S Timetable for course schedule, delivery method and delivery instructions.

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Course Match

We are offering pre-enrolment for some 400-level ECO courses for Fall-Winter 2020-21, for fourth-year students who have not yet fulfilled the 400-level Economics program requirement.   The purpose of this pre-enrolment process is to ensure that students who require one or two 400-level courses for program completion are better able to enrol in a course.   If you qualify for Course Match, you will receive an email from the Undergraduate Office in early June.  For more information, see Economics: Course Match.

Focus in Data Analytics Major or Specialist

Starting 2020-2021, students will be able to add the Focus in Data Analytics to the Economics Major or Specialist program. The focus ensures that students gain proficiency in applied empirical economics. It provides students with hands-on exposure to the tools empirical economists use to build and analyze datasets - programming languages such as Python, and software programs to manage, statistically analyze, and visualize data such as Excel, GIS, Stata and R. The focus will also direct students to empirical economics courses that apply these tools in a wide variety of contexts. Please see the Focus in Data Analytics (Major) or Focus in Data Analytics (Specialist) typical pathway handout for highlights and refer to the Calendar for details.