Computational Economics

Subject ECON90055 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures and seminars per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Approval of Department of Economics Graduate Programs Director.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate preparation in calculus and linear algebra.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr May Li


MBS @ Berkeley Street
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670

Subject Overview:

This course is an advanced introduction to computational methods for economists, methods that increasingly play an essential role in applied economic research. Students will learn to formulate and to solve structural economic models and to apply these methods to substantive issues in econometrics, industrial organisation, labour economics, and macroeconomics. The course emphasises both theoretical knowledge of computational methods and practical skills. Programming will be done in MATLAB.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will have received a detailed introduction to:

  • MATLAB and its Toolboxes;
  • Algorithmic evaluation;
  • Computational linear algebra;
  • Numerical techniques for unconstrained optimisation;
  • Numerical techniques for solving systems of nonlinear equations;
  • Approximation methods;
  • Numerical integration (quadrature and Monte Carlo simulation methods);
  • Numerical techniques for constrained optimisation; and
  • Numerical dynamic programming.

  • Five 600 word assignments (problem sets and computer exercises) totalling 3,000 words, due in Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (35%);
  • 45-minute group presentation (10%), due Week 12 (10%); and
  • Final project of 2,500 words, due at end of exam period (55%).
Prescribed Texts:

Judd, K. Numerical Methods in Economics, MIT Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: problem solving; collaborative learning; team work; application of theory to practice; use of computer software; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking.
  • Moderate level of development: written communication; evaluation of data and other information; statistical reasoning; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
  • Some level of development: oral communication; synthesis of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics

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