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Unformatted text preview: Syllabus EC720.01 - Math for Economists Peter Ireland Boston College, Department of Economics Fall 2009 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:45pm Carney Hall, Room 305 Course Description Economics studies the efficient allocation of scarce resources. It follows almost immediately from this definition that while verbal and graphical analyses are often helpful too, economists derive their sharpest and most powerful results by setting up and solving constrained (because resources are scarce) optimization (because alloca- tions are efficient) problems. Hence, this course, EC720, will introduce you to variety of techniques for doing just that: setting up and solving constrained optimization problems. Specific methods to be covered include those based on the Kuhn-Tucker and envelope the- orems, the maximum principle, and dynamic programming. Since this is a math for economists course as opposed to a course in mathematical economics, its emphasis will be not so much on stating and proving theorems but on developing an intuitve understanding...
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