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Special Topics Courses Offered Fall 2020 - Winter 2021

1) ECO352H1F Special Topics in Economics: The Economics of Inequality

Has global inequality increased or decreased? How do we measure inequality between countries, within countries, and between individuals? In most developed countries, economic inequality has risen to historic levels in recent decades, becoming one of the most pressing issues in the political debate and a key topic in economics. However, its analysis remains complex and multifaceted. In this course, we will use tools developed in economic theory and the most up-to-date empirical technics to (i) investigate and unfold the long term istorical evolutions of economic inequality as well as recent trends, (ii) evaluate possible interventions and policies targeting inequalities. In this second part, we will look at the potential causes of the recent increase in economic inequality, and how they are affected by policy. We will focus on the role of traditional market forces (globalization, technological change) as well as the role of institutions (erosion of the minimum wage, role of unions). Finally, we will focus on labor income inequality, looking deeply into the role of race and gender in shaping disparities between individuals within countries. The entire course will cover various econometric methods which have been used in the most recent literature, giving the students a working knowledge of theories, empirical strategies, and policy solutions.

ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/(STA220H1, STA255H1)/(STA257H1, STA261H1);


2) ECO421H1F Special Topics in Economics: Topics in Experimental Economics

Experimental Economics is a relatively new and very exciting field in Economics. While most data used in Economics is observational, experimentalists use controlled environments to study various economic issues: from individual decision making, to interaction in games and markets, to assets markets and even macroeconomic issues.
This is a “hands-on” course. I will introduce you to few topics I have been working on recently, and we will read few related papers in class, with your active participation! Then we will discuss the experimental design in class, run the experiments together, and then you will get access to the real data, and in your papers you will analyze it and draw conclusions.

The two topics I hope to be able to cover this year involve rationality in games and a decision theoretic project. It would be helpful if you took a course in game theory to understand the former project, and have a good understanding of probability for the latter.

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

DUAL DELIVERY; MON 9-12; Lectures are live-streamed and recorded (permitting synchronous delivery, but also asynchronous attendance). Discussions and planning of the experiments will be either in-class or through online chat rooms and online submission of assignments. Students will have access to the experiments online. Part of the course evaluation will be based on feedback, quizzes and assignments that are based on class discussion and online activities (e.g. experiments).

3) ECO422H1F Special Topics in Economics: Competition Policy

The primary objective of this course is to provide a systematic analysis of economic issues in competition policy. This will include analysis of economic theory of antitrust as well as applications in policy documents and cases.

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

Wednesday 9-12; Online Synchronous; Lectures and tutorials will be delivered online as per the timetable meeting schedule. Discussion is an integral part of the course.

4) 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 there is 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.

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

Wednesday 2-5pm

Please note: all the letcure time are tentative and refer to the official timetable for schedule and delivery notes.

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.

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.