# Economics 590: Introduction to Quantitative Economics, Fall 2007

Instructor: Jeremy Sandford

Office hours: M 4-5pm, F 8-9am in 335L Gatton

Lecture: TH 12:30-1:45pm, 308 B&E

Exam dates: Tuesday, October 23rd (in class), and Tuesday, December 11th from 1-3pm (BE 208)

syllabus, set notation appendix, notes on how to write proofs

# Schedule

**Tuesday, December 11:** Final exam, 1-3pm, room 208

**Thursday, December 6:** dynamic programming examples, HW8

**Tuesday, December 4:** dynamic programming examples, applications

**Thursday, November 29:** dynamic programming

**Tuesday, November 27:** growth model, steady states

Reading:Manuelli lecture notes, see esp. chapter 2.

Homework 8, not collected. Some answers

**Tuesday, November 20, Thursday, November 22:** No meeting

**Thursday, November 15:** Dynamic optimization, the growth model

**Tuesday, November 13:** Kuhn-Tucker theorem, concavity and optimization

**Thursday, November 8:** Inequality constrained optimization

Homework 7, answer sketches

**Tuesday, November 6:** Equality constrained optimization

**Thursday, November 1:** Equality constrained optimization

**Tuesday, October 30:** Equality-constrained optimization

Homework 6, answer sketches

**Thursday, October 25:** Unconstrained optimization

**Tuesday, October 23:** Midterm, Answers

**Thursday, October 18:** no meeting

**Tuesday, October 16:** review

**Thursday, October 11:** (semi)definiteness of matrices

Correction of a proof done in class

**Tuesday, October 9:** quasiconvexity, hessians and concavity

**Thursday, October 4:** Convexity, quasiconvexity

**Tuesday, October 2:** Derivatives as linear approximations, functions from R^n to R^m

Homework 5, answer sketches

**Thursday, September 27:** Derivatives in R^n, directional derivatives

**Tuesday, September 25:** Limits of functions, formal definition of derivative on the real line

**Thursday, September 20:** Economic applications of sequences and series

Homework 4, answer sketches

**Tuesday, September 18:** Sequences, notions of convergence, Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem

**Thursday, September 13:** Weierstrass theorem, examples and applications

**Tuesday, September 11:** Open and closed sets and their properties, finite, countable, and uncountable sets

Homework 3, answer sketches

**Thursday, September 6:** Euclidean metric, open sets

**Tuesday, September 4:** Ordered sets, suprema and
infima, metrics

Homework 2, answer sketches

**Thursday, August 30:** Functions and some properties

**Tuesday, August 28:** Complements of sets, convex sets,
functions

Homework
1, answer sketches

**Thursday, August 23:** Introduction, sets and their
properties