# Advanced Mathematical Economics

## Main course materials

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- Week 4:
- Watch Getting Started - Weeks 3-4 (optional). Note: this is helpful for the week 3 homework.
- Watch Comparative statics (finishing 2.3). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Closed sets (C4). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Open sets (C5). You can read the whiteboard.
- Homework: 2.11, C.17, C.19, C.21, C.25, C.27.
- Watch the AME week 4 Q&A session if you missed it. You can read the whiteboard.
- I added a PhD discount code to the Learn Announcements page. I will add more as they come.
*Help wanted*: This course teaches you about some ideas discovered by some very clever people. Some of these people had to overcome both official and unofficial discrimination. For example, you will soon see that David Blackwell, an African American, was central in developing infinite horizon dynamic programming. If you are interested in helping tell his story to the class, please let me know.

- Week 3:
- Watch The firm's problem (2.2). Note: this lecture includes lots of non-examinable material about the chain rule and the implicit function theorem. You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch The envelope theorem (2.3). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Boundaries (C3). You can read the whiteboard.
- Errata:
- In the last step of the chain rule proof of the envelope theorem (minute 26), the partial derivative should be with respect to a, not b.
- In the lazy decision maker proof of the envelope theorem, I sometimes confused Rupert Murdoch's sons, Lachlan and James. Only James is relevant to the proof.
- In the Convergence (C2) video, I wrote k instead of k² when proving that in the function convergence example.

- Please come to the Q&A session at 4:10pm on Tuesday, which will
be recorded. To join, please go into Learn and click on
*Online Sessions*on the left panel. - Please submit your homework on Learn by clicking on Assessment and then Weekly Homework.
- Homework: C7, C10, C11, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9.
- Watch the AME week 3 Q&A session if you missed it. You can read the whiteboard.
- The online tutorial this week will be on Friday, 2:10pm-4pm. You can access it on Learn under Online Sessions (right next to where you join lectures).

- Week 2:
- Watch Convergence (C2). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Production functions 1 (2.1). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Concave production functions (D and 2.1). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Getting started - Week 2 (optional).
- Tutorials begin this week. Tutorials are compulsory (except they are optional for mathmicro1 students). Please read the Tutorial Guide. If you are planning to come to the online tutorial, then please email me as soon as possible. We need to find a time that suits everyone.
- Homework: read Appendices E1 and E6, and do questions E1 and C5.
- Watch the AME week 2 Q&A session. You can read the whiteboard.
- The online tutorial this week will be on Friday, 2pm-4pm. You can access it on Learn under Online Sessions (right next to where you join lectures). We will revisit the scheduling for next week.

- Week 1:
- Watch Naive Set Theory (B1, B2, B3). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Naive Set Theory (B4, B5, B6). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Metric Spaces (C1). You can read the whiteboard.
- Watch Getting started - introduction (optional).
- Watch Getting started - week one (optional).
- Please come to the Q&A session at 4:10pm on Tuesday, which will
be recorded. To join, please go into Learn and click on
*Online Sessions*on the left panel. - Watch the AME week 1 Q&A session. You can read the whiteboard.
- I recommend you watch the logic videos from the preparation guide.
- Homework (optional): Questions B1-14, C1, C2.
- There is no tutorial this week, but please check back regularly for details.
- Please sign up for Piazza.

- August 11th: If you are interested in taking this course, I recommend you read the preparation guide.
- I recommend you watch the logic videos from the preparation guide.
- You might consider taking the GRE test soon.
- Please sign up for Piazza.

## Overview

This course teaches some of the important mathematical tools used by economists. More importantly, the course's intensive structure with tutorials every week is designed to train students how to think like mathematicians. Specifically, how to use mathematical notation to write clearly, how to write proofs, how to find counter-examples to conjectures, how to transform complicated problems into simple and elegant problems, and how to think abstractly.

The course is available both to University of Edinburgh students (undergraduate, masters, PhD) and to Continuing Professional Development (Mathematical Economics) students who are not enrolled on any degree.

This course is primarily targeted at students who would like to prepare for post-graduate study in economics. Mathematics is essential for advanced study of economics, and many top MSc and PhD programmes require university-level training in mathematics for admission. In the past, students have also taken this course to prepare for study in other areas including mathematics, cognitive science, computer science, data science, and finance. On the other hand, admissions committees for MBAs and professionally-oriented finance degrees are unlikely to put a high value on this course.

I recommend that students follow the preparation guide which involves watching videos to refresh their high-school mathematics knowledge and learn a bit about logic; this is also a good opportunity to take the GRE test. The course draws on economics examples, so Economics 2 (or equivalent) is also required. Students who have already taken the three first-year undergraduate courses in mathematics (Introduction to Linear Algebra, Calculus and Its Applications, and Proofs and Problem Solving) are already well-prepared for post-graduate study, although might still benefit from this course. Joint honours students with mathematics are welcome to take this class, although I recommend they "spend" their two economics options on courses more focused on social problems.

The main reference is my lecture notes, which I am updating regularly. You can download the Latex source if you want to annotate or contribute improvements to the notes.

Half of every lecture will be on the language of mathematics and metric spaces. The other halves will be on calculus, convex analysis, and dynamic programming.

## Extra Reference

Some students like an extra reference, although it is unnecessary. A clickable reading list is available with the same books as below, via the library.

Half of every lecture will be on the language of mathematics and metric spaces. The closest book to my notes is Rosenlicht's (1968) "Introduction to Analysis". I recommend that everyone buy a copy of Rosenlicht's book.

For the calculus and convex analysis topics, the closest book to my notes is Boyd and Vandenberghe's (2004) "Convex Optimization". For the dynamic programming topic, the closest book is Stokey and Lucas' (1989) "Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics".

You might also find these books helpful: Kolmogorov and Fomin's (1970) "Introductory Real Analysis", Angel de la Fuente's (2000) "Mathematical Methods and Models for Economists", and Luenberger's (1969) "Optimization by Vector Space Methods".

A large part of the class is about writing proofs. This is an art in itself, and there are several books about this:- Daepp and Gorkin's (2011) "Reading, Writing, and Proving: A Closer Look at Mathematics",
- Kane's (2016) "Writing Proofs in Analysis",
- Liebeck's (2015) "A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics",
- Oliveira and Stewart's (2015) "Building Proofs: A Practical Guide",
- Robert's (2010) "Introduction to Mathematical Proofs: A Transition",
- Solow's (2005) "How to read and do proofs: an introduction to mathematical thought process",
- Sundstrom's (2013) "Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof" (open access),
- Velleman's (2006) "How to prove it: a structured approach".

The economics topics in my notes are closer to Varian and Kreps than MWG, but quite different from all of them.

MWG means Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green's (1995) "Microeconomic Theory". V means Varian's (1992) "Microeconomic Analysis". K means Kreps' (1990) "A Course in Microeconomic Theory". KK means Kreps' (2013) "Microeconomic Foundations 1: Choice and Competitive Markets". SL means Stokey and Lucas (1989), "Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics". Debreu (1960) is Topological methods in cardinal utility theory.

- Introduction
- Production
- Production Functions
*See: V1, MWG5, K7.1* - Profit Maximization
*See: V2, MWG5, K7.2* - Upper Envelopes and Value Functions
*See: V3, SL4, MWG5, K7.2* - Cost Functions and Dynamic Programming
*See: V4, SL4, MWG5, K7.3, K.A.2* - Upper Envelopes with Constraints
*See: V5, SL4, MWG5, K7.3*

- Production Functions
- Consumption
- Utility Functions
*See: V7, MWG3, K2.1* - Utility Maximization
*See: V7, MWG3, K2.2* - Consumer’s Value and Policy Functions
*See: V7, MWG3, K2.2, K2.3* - Expenditure Function and Policy Functions
*See: V7, MWG3, K2.2, K2.3* - Slutsky Decomposition
*See: V8, MWG3, K2.3*

- Utility Functions
- Time
- Time Preference
*See: Debreu (1960), V19, SL4, SL5, MWG20, KK2.5*

- Time Preference
- Equilibrium
- Economies
*See V17, V18, V19, MWG16, K6.1, K6.2* - Efficient Allocations
*See V17, V18, V19, MWG16, MWG22, K5.2* - Equilibrium
*See V17, V18, V19, MWG16, K6.1* - Characterising Equilibria
*See V17, MWG15, MWG16, MWG20, K2.2* - Efficiency of Equilibria
*See V17, MWG16, K6.3* - *Existence of Equilibria
*See V17, MWG17, K6.4* - Implementation of Efficient Allocations
*See V17, MWG16, K6.3*

- Economies

## Project

There is a project which is:- compulsory for all CPD students (i.e. students enrolled in ECNM11072), and
- optional for all one-semester visiting students.

## Examinable Topics

This will be updated near the end of lectures. You can get a rough idea from last year.## Course quality and improvement

I want this course to be of the highest possible quality, and I value your suggestions for improvement. You can read the survey from last year I have planned the following improvements for this year:- I plan to take advantage of the pre-recorded videos from last year to increase the amount of contact. I plan to use extra time to do Q&A, and to do practice problems at a slow pace.
- I plan to experiment with new ways of giving homework feedback during tutorials.