Courses

Please check with the BSE Handbook which mandatory courses you have to choose in your PhD track. Not all courses listed here can be approved as Core Courses for all BSE PhD tracks.

Instructor:
Description:

This background course on mathematics aims to provide fundamental mathematical knowledge essential for advanced economic analysis. Although open to all master students, it is specifically tailored to those wishing to directly pursue the advanced Y-track of courses. Therefore in content and form, this intensive course is intended to deliver methods beyond refreshing advanced calculus and linear algebra.

The course solely deals with deterministic mathematics. For some theorems formally rigorous proofs are presented in order to make participants more comfortable with - and ideally to provide some intuition for – constructing and understanding of mathematical proofs. Throughout the course proper use of notation will be stressed. Topics presented in class constitute the minimal required program given the above aim, and the maximal feasible program given time. Self study should cover topics skipped in class, as well as the
areas of personal weakness.

The lecture takes place as an intensive crash course in the week before the semester.

Literature:
− Schofield, N. (2004). Mathematical Methods In Economics And Social Choice: Study Edition (Vol. 17). Springer.
− De la Fuente, A. (2000). Mathematical methods and models for economists. Cambridge University Press.

Credits:
0.00
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Instructor:
Monday, 10:15am at Spandauer Str. 1
Description:

Date: Before 12.10.15: One week block course held in the week before WiSe starts

English description of the course:

This background course on mathematics aims to provide fundamental mathematical knowledge essential for advanced economic analysis. Although open to all master students, it is specifically tailored to those wishing to directly pursue the advanced Y-track of courses. Therefore in content and form, this intensive course is intended to deliver methods beyond refreshing advanced calculus and linear algebra.

The course solely deals with deterministic mathematics. For some theorems formally rigorous proofs are presented in order to make participants more comfortable with - and ideally to provide some intuition for – constructing and understanding of mathematical proofs. Throughout the course proper use of notation will be stressed. Topics presented in class constitute the minimal required program given the above aim, and the maximal feasible program given time. Self-study should cover topics skipped in class, as well as the areas of personal weakness.

The lecture takes place as an intensive crash course in the week before the semester.

   

Literature:

Schofield, N. (2004). Mathematical Methods In Economics And Social Choice: Study Edition (Vol. 17). Springer.

De la Fuente, A. (2000). Mathematical methods and models for economists. Cambridge University Press.

   

Exam:

Group work on math quizzes and exercises

 

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Instructor:
Monday, 04:45pm at HU Berlin, Spandauer Straße 1
Description:

This background course on mathematics aims to provide fundamental mathematical knowledge essential for advanced economic analysis. Although open to all master students, it is specifically tailored to those wishing to directly pursue the advanced Y-track of courses. Therefore in content and form, this intensive course is intended to deliver methods beyond refreshing advanced calculus and linear algebra. The course solely deals with deterministic mathematics. For some theorems formally rigorous proofs are presented in order to make participants more comfortable with - and ideally to provide some intuition for – constructing and understanding of mathematical proofs. Throughout the course proper use of notation will be stressed. Topics presented in class constitute the minimal required program given the above aim, and the maximal feasible program given time. Self study should cover topics skipped in class, as well as the areas of personal weakness.

The lecture takes place as an intensive crash course in the week before the semester.

 

 

Literature:

- Schofield, N. (2004). Mathematical Methods In Economics And Social Choice: Study Edition (Vol. 17). Springer.

- De la Fuente, A. (2000). Mathematical methods and models for economists. Cambridge University Press.

 

Exam: Group work on math quizes and exercises

Credits:
3.00
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Monday,
09:00am to 04:30pm
at Lectures : Monday to Wednesday: DIW Schumpetersaal Thursday: Spandauer Straße 1, R125 Friday: Spandauer Straße 1, R
Description:

Course material will be provided via Moodle. No Moodle-Account is needed; the password will be announced in the first lecture.


Schedule:
Four lectures and/or exercises a day; duration: 90 minutes each,

  • (i) 09:00-10:30,
  • (ii) 10:30-12:00,
  • midday break,
  • (iii) 13:30-15:00,
  • (iv) 15:00-16:30

Lectures:


  • Monday: (i), (ii), (iii)
  • Tuesday: (i), (ii), (iii)
  • Wednesday: (i), (ii)
  • Thursday: (i), (ii)
  • Friday: (i), (ii)

Exercises:

  • Monday: (iv)
  • Tuesday: (iv)
  • Wednesday: (iii), (iv)
  • Thursday: (iii), (iv)
  • Friday: (iii)



Venues:
Lectures :

  • Monday to Wednesday: DIW Schumpetersaal
  • Thursday: Spandauer Straße 1, R125
  • Friday: Spandauer Straße 1, R203

Exercises:

  • Monday to Wednesday: DIW Seminar Rooms
  • Thursday: SPA1 R203 / R021a / R021b
  • Friday: SPA1 R021a / R021b / R023
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Instructor:
Saturday, 09:00am to Monday, 04:00pm
at HU Berlin, Spandauer Str. 1, Room 220
Description:

This course is for students that have to repeat or refresh some mathematics in preperation for the master oder phd courses.

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Wednesday,
10:00am to 03:00pm
at HU Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, room 3001
Description:

The lecture takes place as an intensive crash course in the week before the semester. Its aim is to equip students with the necessary math background for the first year (compulsory) economics graduate level courses.

First lecture
05.10.2016, 10:00-14:30, Room 3001 , Unter den Linden 6
Please look at the uploaded course timetable for more detailed information.

Change of rooms: new room is 3001. Only at October 11, 2016: room: 021b

Credits:
0.00
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Instructor:
Monday,
09:00am to 04:00pm
at Burgstr. 26 (Theologische Fakultät), room 013
Description:

This background course on mathematics aims to provide fundamental mathematical knowledge essential for advanced economic analysis. Although open to all master students, it is specifically tailored to those wishing to directly pursue the advanced Y-track of courses. Therefore in content and form, this intensive course is intended to deliver methods beyond refreshing advanced calculus and linear algebra. The course solely deals with deterministic mathematics. For some theorems formally rigorous proofs are presented in order to make participants more comfortable with - and ideally to provide some intuition for – constructing and understanding of mathematical proofs. Throughout the course proper use of notation will be stressed. Topics presented in class constitute the minimal required program given the above aim, and the maximal feasible program given time. Self study should cover topics skipped in class, as well as the areas of personal weakness. The lecture takes place as an intensive crash course in the week before the semester.

Exam:
written or oral

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Wednesday,
10:00am to 02:30pm
at tba
Description:

The Preparatory Math Course provides the general background in mathematics and statistics necessary for the first year courses and for research related work in economics in general. It is aimed to give a brief overview of the main concepts and methods used in economics research. Topics include calculus, analysis, matrix algebra, probability, statistics and others.

Please find attachd the syllabus and the timetable. You'll find the slides to the course when you follow the link attached.

Credits:
0.00
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Wednesday,
09:00am to 05:00pm
at HU Berlin, SPA 1, Raum 112
Description:

This cours refers to the new intake to refresh their mathematical skills. It is not mandatory!

 

Start: October 1

Last day: October 10

On October 1 the course starts at 11 am!

see outline

 

Exam: no

no ECTS

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Monday,
09:00am to 04:00pm
at HU Berlin, Hegelplatz 1, Seminargebäude, Room 1.403
Description:

Starting Date: October 7

Preliminary Outline:

--> Logic and Sets:
ˆ Logic: methods of proof
-Constructive proof
-Contrapositive proof
-Proof by contradiction
ˆ De Morgan's laws
ˆ Convexity

--> Functions:
ˆ Mappings: surjective, injective, bijective
ˆ correspondence: Upper and lower hemicontinuity
ˆ Continuity and dierentiability
ˆ Integration
ˆ Concavity and convexity (for multidimensional functions)
ˆ Quasiconcavity
ˆ Taylor's Theorem
ˆ Implicit Function Theorem
ˆ Homogeneous functions and Euler's formula

--> Sequences:
ˆ Metric and normed spaces
ˆ Convergence of sequences in metric spaces
ˆ Bounded and Compact sets
ˆ Limits of functions
ˆ Contraction Mapping Theorem
ˆ Extreme Value Theorem
ˆ Separating Hyperplane Theorem
ˆ Fixed Point Theorems

--> Matrix Algebra:
ˆ Addition, subtraction, multiplication
ˆ Trace, determinant, rank
ˆ Inversion
ˆ Positive deniteness
ˆ Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors
ˆ Diagonalization, Jordan decomposition, Choleski decomposition
ˆ Matrix dierentiation, Kronecker products, vectorization

--> Complex numbers:
ˆ sin, cos functions
ˆ De Moivre's Theorem

--> Additional Topics:
ˆ Unconstrained optimization
ˆ Constrained optimization
ˆ Linear programming
ˆ Dynamic programming

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Wednesday, 09:00am at HU Berlin, Dorotheenstrasse 24, room 2004a
Description:

October 4 until october 14

The Preparatory Math Course aims to prepare students with the necessary math background for the first year economics Ph.D. level courses. It is mainly meant to be a refresher of existing math knowledge.

A course outline will be delivered soon.

Credits:
0.00
Click here to get more information or to sign up
Wednesday,
05:30pm to 08:00pm
at WZB, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, room A300
Description:

We would like to invite our new doctoral students to inform them about the structure of our program, how it works and to welcome you.

05:30 pm arrival
05:45 pm "How does BDPEMS work?" by Jenny Schmiedel and Verena Neumann (both coordinators)
06:30 pm "Welcome" by Prof. Dr. Alexandra Spitz-Oener (director)
07:00 pm end of formal part, drinks and snacks

Please sign up for this event by September 25.

Click here to get more information or to sign up
Subscribe to Courses