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PROF. ETTORE DAMIANO

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PROF. ROBERT GAZZALE

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MS. SALLY WONG

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MS. JENNY FAN

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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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How will my in-person course be delivered from September 9 – 23?

While all of our in-person courses will be accessible online from September 9 to 23, 2021, instructors have discretion about how to provide this online access. This table shows how each course instructor is delivering their courses during this period.

Special Topics Courses Offered Fall / Winter 2021 -2022

ECO351H1F/S L0101 - Special Topics in Economics: Principles of Fair Decisions

How can we combine the well-being of individuals into a concept of societal well-being? What does it mean to balance conflicting interests fairly? We explore these and related ethical questions from the perspective of economic theory. By featuring the axiomatic approach as a central tool, we seek to develop fairness principles that are applicable across diverse situations. Possible topics include: Arrow's impossibility theorem, the Nash bargaining problem, foundations of utilitarianism and egalitarianism, fair division, measurement of inequality, intergenerational equity, and population ethics.

Prerequisites:ECO200Y1(63%)/ECO204Y1(63%)/ECO206Y1.

ECO421H1F L0101 and L0201 - Special Topics in Economics: Macroeconomic Finance (with machine learning applications)

This course is an introductory course to different concepts and techniques related to Machine Learning, focusing mainly on Macro-finance applications. In the first part of the course, we will review supervised and unsupervised learning methods. In the second part, we will discuss various macro-finance concepts, where the use of Machine Learning is more and more common. Therefore, the course's objective is to provide students with the basics of machine learning for them to be able to solve certain economic problems using these techniques and be prepared for more advanced machine learning courses.

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

ECO422H1S L0101 - 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.

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

ECO422H1S L0201 and L0301 - Special Topics in Economics: Health and Economic Inequality

This course surveys the relationship between health outcomes and economic outcomes. We pay particular attention to exploring the bidirectional causal relationship between the two: poor health can lead to poor economic outcomes, while economic insecurity can have serious health implications. Specific topics vary by year, and may include: the economics of the COVID-19 pandemic, sources of racial and sociodemographic inequalities in health, and public policies insuring the economic risks of poor health.

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

Economics Recheck or Reread Request Form

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.

  • For final assessments in F Courses, Summer 2021, the department will be accepting requests between July 16 and July 30, 2021.
  • For final assessments in S and Y Courses, Summer 2021, the department will be accepting requests between September 20 and October 4, 2021.

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 Summer 2021

ECO421H1F Special Topics course: Applied Financial Risk Management
This course is intended to drill down into details of some important and urgent issues concerning contemporary financial industry. The topics may include: Economic Capital and Stress Testing, Business Performance Measurement, Emerging Capital Markets and Risks, Innovative and Exotic Derivatives in capital Markets and Risks; Asset securitization and Risks; Hedge Funds and Risks. Please note the topics chosen for each term are subject to changes. The instructor will use the real world problems for research projects and case studies required by the course. This would encourage the students to take initiatives in researching, formulating and resolving the issues, reasoning through to obtain buy-in from a panel consisting of industrial practitioners. This is a new course and designed to best equip the participants with the most current knowledge and in-depth understanding in the risk management when entering the mainstream financial institutions.

Prerequisites: ECO358H1

ECO351H1F Special Topics: Macroeconomics and Psychology
The course will introduce some basic concepts from psychology (and sociology), that are relevant for economics. In the second half of the course we will apply the concepts to macroeconomic problems. I do not expect you to be familiar with psychology, but do expect you to have understanding of micro- and macroeconomics. By the end of the course the goal is that you have gained more appreciation for psychology and what it can add to economic thinking.

Prerequisites: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO202Y1/ECO208Y1/ECO209Y1; ECO220Y1/ ECO227Y1/ (STA237H1, STA238H1)/ (STA247H1, STA248H1)/ (STA257H1, STA261H1)

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 2021-22, 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.