Readings should be completed before each class session. Deadlines and instructions for submitting the assignments are on the individual assignment pages.

Date Topic Reading Assignment Class
Core principles
January 8 (M) Markets and measurement I
January 10 (W) Markets and measurement II
January 12 (F) Lab 1
January 15 (M) No class; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17 (W) Scarcity and productivity I
January 19 (F) Lab 2
Problem set 1 due
January 22 (M) No class; I’m out of town
January 24 (W) Scarcity and productivity II
January 26 (F) Social interactions and incentives I (replaces Lab 3)
Problem set 2 due
January 29 (M) Social interactions and incentives II
January 31 (W) Incentives and human behavior
February 2 (F) Lab 4
February 5 (M) Firms and labor I
February 7 (W) Firms and labor II
February 9 (F) Lab 5
Problem set 3 due
February 12 (M) Firms and customers I
February 14 (W) Firms and customers II
February 16 (F) Lab 6
Problem set 4 due
February 19 (M) No class; Presidents’ Day
February 20 (T) Firms and customers III
February 21 (W) Firms and markets I
February 23 (F) Lab 7
February 26 (M) Firms and markets II
February 28 (W) Markets and macroeconomics
March 2 (F) Lab 8
Problem set 5 due
Justifying policies
March 5 (M) Institutions I
March 7 (W) Institutions II
March 9 (F) Lab 9
Midterm 1 due by 11:59 PM
March 12 (M) Government institutions I
March 14 (W) Government institutions II
March 16 (F) Lab 10
Problem set 6 due
March 19 (M) When governments go wrong
March 21 (W) Institutional alternatives
March 23 (F) Lab 11
Problem set 7 due
Evaluating and implementing policies
March 26 (M) Cost-benefit analysis I
Sign up for an economic briefing
March 28 (W) Cost-benefit analysis II
March 30 (F) Lab 12
Midterm 2 due by 11:59 PM
April 2 (M) Cost-benefit analysis III
April 4 (W) Other policy analysis methods
April 6 (F) Lab 13
Problem set 8 due
Complete economic briefing
April 9 (M) Politics and institutions I
April 11 (W) Politics and institutions II
April 13 (F) Lab 14
Problem set 9 due
April 16 (M) Policy formation
April 18 (W) Markets, public policy, and public administration
April 25 (W) Final project due (submit online by 11:59 PM)