I believe in teaching at the frontier and application of content. Students need to be engaged with the opportunity to develop ideas and improve writing.
EC640, Macroeconomics I (Masters Level); Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall 2019, 2020, and 2021.
The focus of this graduate course is on discrete-time micro-founded DSGE models that underlie current macroeconomic theory and policy. Models will be evaluated against macroeconomic data, the stylized facts of which will be taught through applied assignments. Core theoretical and policy insights are introduced in building blocks, but by the end, students will be estimating DGSE models for policy analysis and forecasting.
EC390, Intermediate Macroeconomics II (third year undergraduate); Wilfrid Laurier University, Summer 2000, and Fall 2020 and 2021.
The focus of this undergraduate course is on discrete-time micro-founded static and two-period dynamic macroeconomic models. The theoretical predictions of the models will be evaluated against macroeconomic data, the stylized facts of which will be taught through applied assignments. Core theoretical and policy insights are introduced in the simplest possible frameworks. Plane geometry is used to develop economic intuition. Intermediate algebra and calculus are used to derive closed-form solutions.
For the applied econometrics course, students completed a research paper applied to a primary commodity sector. The assignments from the semester required students to develop their data and programs needed for the final project. The final projects involved identifying structural shocks and forecasting for a primary commodity sector of their choice.
This environmental economics course had several writing exercises and an option to complete a final paper. I worked with two students to develop a survey and execute a contingency valuation of watersheds and water quality. They collected over one hundred survey responses and took the opportunity to compare value elicitation questions.
“The Theory and Use of the Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal Model,” International Monetary Fund, Hot Topics in Macro Modeling, March 10-18, 2011.
“The Theory and Use of the Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal Model,” International Monetary Fund, March 4-10, 2012.
“Macro-Financial Modeling in Macro-Policy DSGE Models Post‐2008.” Risk Policy and Regulation Program, Queen’s University, Fall, 2015-2018.