Graduate Bootcamp

Graduate students at the State Department spring break 2019

Boot Camp for Incoming Public Policy Graduate Students

The 2020 Economics and Math Preparatory 'Boot Camp' for incoming Public Policy Graduate Students will be held on Monday, August 31st until Friday, September 11th. Daily lectures will be held from 9-10 a.m. and then office hours TBD.  (The dates for the 2021-22 academic year will be posted by June 2021.)

Math Boot Camp will be in week one: August 31-September 4. Econ Boot Camp will be in week two: September 7-11. The instructor will send more a detailed syllabus in late August.

The course will review/introduce students to mathematic and economic concepts that will be encountered frequently in first year MPP and MA core graduate courses.

All incoming Public Policy graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Topics covered may include the following:

  • Math basics: Functions, Notation and Logic
  • Single Variable Calculus: derivatives (rules), integrals, and applications
  • Optimization: Constrained and Unconstrained
  • Graphs: Area and basic geometry
  • Algebra: Systems of equations, linear independence, exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Multivariable Calculus: total and partial derivatives, higher order derivatives, chain rule and applications
  • Probability Theory I: events, random variables, distributions
  • Probability Theory II: expectation, variance, correlation, conditional probability
  • Consumer Theory I: Choice functions, preferences and indifference curves, utility
  • Consumer Theory II: The Consumer's Problem and utility maximization
  • Theory of the Firm: Profit Maximization
  • Types of Markets: Competitive, Monopoly, Oligopoly
  • Price Discrimination
  • Game Theory I: Normal Form and Nash Equilibrium
  • Game Theory II: Extended form games, Subgame perfect and Bayesian Equilibria