FAQs

1. Where can I look for good information on studying economics?

A very useful website is the AEAweb page on Economics, which provides information and helpful tips on studying economics in college.

2. What courses are being offered in AY 2015-16?

Semester 1 Semester 2
Advanced Econometrics

Advanced Microeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics

Law and Economics

Behavioural Economics

Political Economy

Firms Strategies and Market Competition

Principles of Economics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Econometrics

Introduction to Game Theory

International Finance

Development Economics

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.

NUS Courses

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.

Approval Process

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 Process

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?

Any faculty member, but especially the Head of Studies and your major advisor.

6. What should I do if I don’t know who my major advisor is?

Email the Head of Studies.

7. How do I track my progress to meeting major requirements?

As major advisors, we have formulated a checklist that we use. Here is a link to it in case it is helpful to you in tracking your own progress.

8. How do I track my progress to meeting minor requirements?

As advisors, we have formulated a checklist that we use. Here is a link to it in case it is helpful to you in tracking your own progress.

9. What if I have course conflicts?

Speak to Registry and the Head of Studies as soon as you find a problem. Not all conflicts can be resolved, but we hope to resolve those that we can. We can also be flexible if need be.

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 flavour of what economics is, but will not have a strong focus on mathematical modelling or data analysis.

11. Will Yale-NUS offer Finance courses?

Yes, in semester 2, we have a course on International Finance. We have no other Finance courses on the books at present, but NUS Business School and Economics departments may have some of interest.

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):

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Statistical Programming (good complement for Advanced Econometrics)
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Real analysis

13. Are you hiring new faculty?

We have two new faculty members joining the department in August 2015 – Francis and Julien. Welcome to them both!

In 2015-16, we will also be searching for several more new faculty in Economics. Stay tuned for more details as we grow!

Internships

1. Where can I find information on internships?

The Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) at Yale-NUS offers internship opportunities for the most prominent and also varied places: finance sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here.

Study Abroad

1. What about spending a year abroad? How do I apply? Where should I go?

Contact CIPE for a lot of great information, and they can also help you through the application process.

2. When should I go abroad?

It depends on your plan. We think semester 2 of your second year to your third year will be a good time. That saves semester 1 of your second year here which will give you a flavour of our economics classes here. In general, we can be flexible. However, we do not like students to go abroad during their capstone year. Beyond that, it is up to you when works best for your schedule. There are many excellent economics programmes around the world, and we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

3. Can I count courses taken abroad toward my major?

Yes, Contact CIPE for exact details, but there is a form that must be signed by the Head of Studies to permit this. Please submit the course syllabus with the form to the Head of Studies for consideration. Note that at least half of your major courses must be taken at Yale-NUS.

Capstone

1. When will there be more information about the capstone experience?

See the programme description. For more details, see the draft description (as discussed at the student meeting in April 2015).

2. How to find an idea?

Read widely. Choose topics that you are intrinsically interested in. This takes time. Ask faculty members including your faculty advisor for ideas. The economics page at the library may be a good starting point as well.

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?

Of course, you can speak to the seminar leader and other economics faculty about these issues. The library also has fantastic resources we encourage you to use.

4. What if I wrote a paper in one of my courses? Can it be used as my capstone project?

In general, no. If however you have a significant expansion of the scale and scope of the project or wish take forward one or more of the ‘further research studies recommended in the paper’, then you may approach the Head of Study for special permission.

5. Where can I look for data?

6. I need help with Stata. Where should I look?

7. What is the Instructors / Seminar Leaders role for capstone?

Supervise and support research progress. Organise research seminars and workshops. Facilitate group interactions and presentations. Students should act promptly and proactively when they need help seeking advice from teaching faculty especially the capstone seminar leader, and assume full responsibility for completing their research.

8. May I work with a professor at NUS on my capstone project?

Yes, with the permission of the capstone seminar instructor, who will monitor and evaluate your progress internally. You may also work with a professor not from Yale-NUS or NUS under a similar arrangement, though it is worth considering that this may be more difficult than working with advisors in the same physical location.

9. May I collect my own data?

Yes, with the permission of the capstone seminar instructor, please discuss any issues needing ethics approval.

10. Is there any funding related to capstone projects?

It may be possible to get some small funding if needed for your project from the dean’s office. Please speak to the capstone seminar instructor.

11. Is it possible to do something that combines my capstone with my junior summer experience?

Yes, please speak to CIPE and the capstone seminar instructor as soon as possible about possibilities.

12. What if the library doesn’t have the resources I need?

It may be possible to purchase new titles that are needed for your work. Please speak to the Capstone seminar instructor as soon as possible.

13. What should I do if I’m running to trouble with completing my capstone project?

Please speak to your major advisor, the Capstone seminar instructor, and your vice-rector as soon as you start to have concerns. There is a lot of support available to you, please make use of it.

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

Career Information

1. What careers follow an economics degree?

For undergraduates, https://www.aeaweb.org/students/Careers.php

With graduate degrees in economics, https://www.aeaweb.org/gradstudents/

2. Job search resources?