1. Where can I look for good information on studying economics?
2. What courses are being offered in AY 2015-16?
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
Law and Economics
Firms Strategies and Market Competition
|Principles of Economics
Introduction to Game Theory
Mathematics for Economists
3. Can I or should I take courses at NUS?
Sure, we are lucky to have NUS next door with a large economics department. We offer a wide variety of courses here, but if there is something that is of particular interest to you that we don’t offer here, please do take advantage of their offerings.
Many of their courses might be complementary with our programs. Below is an incomplete list of possible courses of interest to Yale-NUS students. There is some overlap between our offerings and those of NUS; as a result, we request that all students seek faculty approval before taking any courses at NUS. As a rule of thumb, we will approve students enrolling in NUS courses as long as they are not offered at Yale-NUS.
4. How do I go about registering for NUS courses?
Our understanding of the process is detailed below. Of course, we suggest you speak to your Vice Rector if you have questions.
Yale-NUS students can select any of the various NUS courses offered next semester. To facilitate choice, the Heads of Studies have identified a series of NUS courses that may be of interest to our students. For a list of recommended modules, please refer to the FAQ document (TBA). Interested students are encouraged to discuss these modules with their Vice Rector and, for students with declared majors, with their Head of Study or designee. If not enough information is available, students may want to contact the NUS instructor or School offering the course.
Students interested in taking an NUS course need to obtain approval from their Faculty Advisor or Head of Study in the Major as well as their Vice Rector, in particular if it is intended as an overload (>22MC). Approval does not warrant that the course will count towards a particular major but students will be able to petition their Head of Study for this to be the case. In the case of NUS courses taken in semesters 1-4, this petition process will happen retrospectively once students declare their major.
Registration for NUS courses is subject to approval from the respective NUS Faculty/School and never guaranteed. Given that we want to pre-allocate our students into NUS courses (and thus bypass the bidding process), different Schools are more or less receptive to our requests. The different timelines (NUS timetable is only available in late summer) make the registration process much more complicated as students may not be aware of timetable clashes early on.
To register, students must complete and submit the Module Registration Form to their respective Vice Rector by a specific date (TBD). Given the approval process, submissions received after that day will not be considered. The VRs will then submit all forms to Registry for processing. At that point, the negotiating process with NUS begins.
5. Who should I ask questions that I have?
6. What should I do if I don’t know who my major advisor is?
7. How do I track my progress to meeting major requirements?
8. How do I track my progress to meeting minor requirements?
9. What if I have course conflicts?
10. What are the differences between majoring in Economics and PPE?
The emphasis of the Economics major is on understanding choice, how to model it, and how to use data to test our hypothesis.
Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) puts more emphasis on aspects that are not necessarily empirical. Hence PPE will give you a flavor of what economics is, but will not have a strong focus on mathematical modelling or data analysis.
11. Will Yale-NUS offer Finance courses?
12. Are there any suggested courses outside the Economics Department that will complement my major?
For that for those interested in graduate school, it would be a good idea to take courses in the Mathematics Department such as (not required):
- Linear Algebra
- Statistical Programming (good complement for Advanced Econometrics)
- Advanced Calculus
- Real analysis
13. Are you hiring new faculty?
1. Where can I find information on internships?
1. What about spending a year abroad? How do I apply? Where should I go?
2. When should I go abroad?
3. Can I count courses taken abroad toward my major?
1. When will there be more information about the capstone experience?
2. How to find an idea?
3. Where can I find general research advice and guidance on things like how to manage a large research project, track my sources, avoid plagiarism, etc?
4. What if I wrote a paper in one of my courses? Can it be used as my capstone project?
5. Where can I look for data?
Many journals offer data and codes of published empirical papers
- American Economic Review | details…
- Econometrica | details…
- Economic Journal | details…
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review | details…
- Journal of Applied Econometrics | details…
- Journal of Business and Economic Statistics | details…
- Journal of Political Economy | details…
- The Review of Economic Studies | details…
- Review of Economics and Statistics | details…
See the library page for Economics (http://library.yale-nus.edu.sg/subject-guides/) for many useful resources.
6. I need help with Stata. Where should I look?
7. What is the Instructors / Seminar Leaders role for capstone?
8. May I work with a professor at NUS on my capstone project?
9. May I collect my own data?
10. Is there any funding related to capstone projects?
11. Is it possible to do something that combines my capstone with my junior summer experience?
12. What if the library doesn’t have the resources I need?
13. What should I do if I’m running to trouble with completing my capstone project?
14. Helpful References on Writing in Economics
- McCloskey, D.N. 1998. The Rhetoric of Economics. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ·
- Thomson, W. 2011. A Guide for the Young Economist. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ·
- Wyrick, T.L. 1994. The Economist’s Handbook: a research and writing guide. NY: West Pub.
- Morgan, S. and B. Whitener. 2006. Speaking about Science: A Manual for Creating Clear Presentation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.dss