Teaching

ECON 6002: Selected Topics in Microeconomics

Different people bring different points of view to bear on a question. A person who makes all decisions based on his information alone would be making very bad decisions indeed. This is why delegation, expert consultation, committee deliberations, and voting are often used in making decisions at all levels of society. The sharing of information among a group of individuals, however, is plagued by divergent self-interests. It is in the self-interest of an individual to manipulate his evidence—to exaggerate favorable data that supports his preferred outcome, or conceal unfavorable data that works against it. This course explores to what extent communication is possible given the divergence of interests, and analyzes how the learning environment is shaped by the social environment. Examples will be drawn from stock recommendations, messages sent by central bankers, and media influence on politics. A variety of models, including cheap talk games, signaling models, rational herding, strategic voting, collective experimentation and Bayesian learning, are introduced along the way....

ECON 6078: Topics in Economic Research II — Political Economy

The first half of this course (taught by Wing Suen) will introduce students to a variety of models commonly used in theoretical political economy. The purpose is to give students a basic set of tools so they can go deeper into the respective topics, or use those models in their research areas to study the political dimension of their relevant problems. The second half (taught by Heng Chen) goes into more specialized topics (regime change, political economy of bias, media markets), and will introduce further techniques (e.g., textual analysis) that are useful for political and other areas of research....

ECON 2232: Economics of Human Resources

This course develops and applies economic theory to analyze the operation of labor markets. Part of our time will also be devoted to studying labor market policies and human resource management practices. Introductory Microeconomics (ECON1210) is a pre-requisite to this course; and students are strongly recommended to have taken Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON2210) as well. As an applied subject, labor economics takes empirical evidence seriously. Students are expected not to be intimidated by numbers. I will also assume that students have some elementary knowledge of the calculus. However familiarity with mathematics and statistics is an advantage but not a prerequisite. There is no substitute for hard work....

ECON 3215: Uncertainty and Information

The economics of uncertainty and information has permeated virtually every field in economics. In this course, we develop the basic tools that are used in the study of behavior under uncertainty, and introduce some standard models of incomplete and asymmetric information. This course may be regarded as an advanced course in microeconomic theory. Students must have completed the intermediate level Microeconomic Theory course as a prerequisite....

Archive

Here is a collection of courses or mini-courses I have taught in the past.

ECON 6011: Microeconomic Theory (graduate level)

Microeconomic Theory (ECON 2101 - undergraduate level)

Labour Economics (graduate level)

Industrial Organization (undergraduate level)

Graduate Seminar

Guanghua Lectures