Handouts
As an instructor and/or teaching assistant, I have prepared handouts for various classes. These materials are linked below, along with links to the course website describing the original material. If you have any questions or comments regarding the material, please feel free to email me. For further information on the topics covered in each course, click on the course number.
Introductory Microeconomics

Advantage and Trade: How individuals with absolute advantage can still gain from engaging in trade due to comparative advantage.

Opportunity Cost and Gains from Trade: More examples of how different opportunity costs and comparative advantage lead to gains from trade.

Elasticity: An introduction to the math behind calculating basic elasticities.

Introduction to Monopolies: How to find the profit maximizing quantity and price under a monopoly.

Public Goods and Externalities: An introduction to public goods and their complications.
Intermediate Microeconomics

Preferences and Utility: Examples of how to move from preference relations to utility functions.

Basics of Demand: The basics of demand functions : what they mean, what they do, and why we care.

Examples of Deriving Demand Functions: How to derive demand functions from various preference relations (perfect substitutes, perfect compliments, CobbDouglas, and QuasiLinear).

EV and CV Descriptions and Examples: How to calculate equivalent variation (EV) and compensating variation (CV).
Intermediate Macroeconomics

Trade in an Open Economy: An introduction to trade models (based on Chapter 5 of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th ed.)

The Basics of the Solow Growth Model: An introduction to the Solow growth model and calculating the Golden Rule steady state level of capital (based on Chapters 7 & 8 of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th ed.)

From the ISLM Model to the AD Curve: Using the ISLM curve model to understand movements in aggregate demand (based on Chapter 10 & 11 of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th ed.)

The MundellFleming Model (IS*LM*): Extension of the open economy to include the ISLM model (based on Chapter 12 of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th ed.)

Introduction to the UpwardSloping Aggregate Supply Curve: Discussion of using an aggregate supply curve based on price expectations (based on Chapter 13 of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th ed.)
Analysis of Economic Data

The Basics of Hypothesis Testing: An introduction to using statistical theory for hypothesis testing (one and twotailed tests, pvalues).
Industrial Organization

Double Marginalization: Working through the logic and some examples of double marginalization.

Second Degree Pricing: Theory and examples for second degree pricing models.

Public Economics

Lindahl Equilibrium and Pareto Optimality: A discussion of the Lindahl public goods equilibrium and proof that it is Pareto Optimal.

Monetary Economics

Interest Rates and Bond Prices: A discussion of how interest rates influence bond prices using coupon bonds as an example.

Derivation of Present Value: A walkthrough of the math used to calculate the present value of income streams.

Pure and Modified Expectations Hypothesis: The mathematical derivation of the pure and modified expectations hypothesis.

The Basics of Futures and Options: Some background and explanation on how pricing works for futures and options, as well as some examples of hedging and how it works.

Labor Economics

AFDC and its Impacts on Labor Choice: Examples of how the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program may influence labor supply.

Monopolist and Monopsonist Labor Employment Choices: An overview of the labor supply model and how optimal employment choices vary for monopolist and monopsonist firms.

Household Labor Allocation Choices: A theoretical look at how a 2 person household might choose how to allocate labor between market and home productivity.