Subjects in Maths for Economists

David Whigham, Glasgow Caledonian University, John Houston, Glasgow Caledonian University

ExcelAssess allows you to create self-marking exams in Excel. Whigham and Houston have created a library of dozens of self-marking questions in Excel skills, statistics, basic mathematics and economics. This package includes the questions as well as a front end which allows you to select questions and create a single workbook with each question on a different sheet and a separate marks sheet, which can be hidden from the student. The user has control over the weighting given to each question. This software is free to all staff at educational institutions.

Maths for Economists, Software
James Sousa, Phoenix College

A YouTube channel of maths instructional videos, mostly aimed at school level, organised into dozens of topic playlists such as "Financial Math", "Differentiation Applications", "Ratios and Proportions", and "Systems of Equations and Inequalities". The videos can also be browsed through a database

Maths for Economists, Video and Audio Lectures
Dean Garratt, Nottingham Trent University, Stephen Heasell, Nottingham Trent University

These case studies in data search, management and economic interpretation are aimed at first-time students of economics. They are downloadable in Word format with embedded links, to adapt, print and/or put in a virtual learning environment. They were produced by Dean Garratt and Stephen Heasell, Nottingham Trent University as part of an Economics Network project. They cover topics such as economic growth, house prices, household debt, consumption spending and government spending.

Principles (General), Maths for Economists, Statistics for Economists, Online Text and Notes
Dean Garratt and Stephen Heasell, Nottingham Trent University

This series of fifteen case studies, downloadable as .doc files, illustrates the use of mathematical concepts in economic and business contexts. They are intended to help students see the importance of maths in economic reasoning. Each case study is four sides long and makes use of graphs and algebra. Most include questions at the end. Permission is given for educators to redistribute and alter these materials as much as they like. These materials were produced by an Economics Network project with funding from the JISC.

Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes, Worksheets and Projects
The Open University

Part of an online course on mathematics and statistics, this module presents text and activities on the topics of price indices, inflation, averages, ratios, percentages and proportion. The intended duration of the module is 20 hours. The content is available for download into a VLE.

Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes, Worksheets and Projects
The Open University

From an online course on mathematics and statistics, this module introduces ratios, proportions and percentages in turn, using text and activities. The intended duration of the module is five hours. The content is available for download into a VLE under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike licence.

Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes, Worksheets and Projects
METAL Project (Maths for Economics: enhancing Teaching and Learning)

More than sixty short films explaining mathematical concepts by putting them in a real-world context, hosted by Ken Heather of the University of Portsmouth. Each video combines a live-action explanation of the idea followed by a numerical example which is worked through on-screen. Each film can be downloaded in low resolution or high-resolution Windows Media format, or viewed in YouTube. The animations can be viewed separately as Flash files that play in a web browser. The five categories are 1) Mathematical review, 2) Linear equations, 3) Mathematics of finance and growth, 4) Linear programming, and 5) Differentiation and integration.

Maths for Economists, Video and Audio Lectures
Mathcentre

MathCentre is a very large repository of tutorial videos, interactive assessments and PDF handouts to help with maths topics, roughly at A-level. This link is to a range of topics selected as relevant to Economics. The materials are categorised by area (such as Algebra, Arithmetic and Differentiation) and by individual topic.

Assessment Materials, Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes
Patrick ?, Vanderbilt University

Many dozens of short tutorial videos on mathematical topics, especially calculus and algebra. Each lasts a few minutes and gives audio narration while you see the instructor's hand writing. The videos can be watched for free on YouTube.

Maths for Economists, Video and Audio Lectures
WinEcon Consortium

WinEcon is an interactive learning software package for economics, business economics, maths for economics and the range of Sloman textbooks designed to support economics courses. The software provides many hours of tutorial material and includes: all the relevant theory, interactive exercises, self-assessment questions, economics databases and an economic glossary. Teachers of economics can integrate WinEcon into their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) by creating links from any Web page, Word, Powerpoint or Excel document to specific WinEcon topics. Students working on their own machines can also make full use of these features to link to specific WinEcon screens from their lecturer's Web pages by installing the single user software.

Principles (General), Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Interactive Tutorials, Maths for Economists, Lecture Slides, Software
Fowad Murtaza, University of Essex, Domenico Tabasso, University of Essex

This course webpage supports an introductory module on quantitative economics as taught by Fowad Murtaza and Domenico Tabasso at the University of Essex in 2009/10. It introduces students to the methods of quantitative economics, i.e. to how data are used in economics. Beginning from an elementary level (assuming no background in statistics), the course shows how economic data can be described and analysed. The elements of probability and random variables are introduced in the context of economic applications. The probability theory enables an introduction to elementary statistical inference: parameter estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. With these foundations, students are then introduced to the linear regression model that forms a starting point for econometrics. It includes a course outline / handbook, lecture presentations, lecture notes, coursework assignments, problem sets with solutions and statistical data.

Assessment Materials, Curricula and Syllabi, Maths for Economists, Statistics for Economists, Online Text and Notes, Worksheets and Projects
Melvyn Coles, University of Essex

This course webpage supports a module on methods of economic analysis as taught by Melvyn Coles at the University of Essex in 2009/10. It teaches the necessary mathematical techniques required for a modern degree in Economics. It starts at a fairly basic level and so is ideal for students with a weak background in mathematics. Whenever possible the module considers economics examples so that students not only learn important mathematical skills but also learn how to apply those skills to problems of economic interest. It includes a course outline, lecture notes, problem sets with solutions and assignments.

Curricula and Syllabi, Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes
Martin J Osborne, University of Toronto

This is the hypertext version of a set of lecture notes for a second-year undergraduate course - Mathematical methods for economic theory. It covers the basic mathematical tools used in economic theory. Knowledge of elementary calculus is assumed. The main topics are multivariate calculus, concavity and convexity, optimization theory, differential equations, and difference equations

Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes
Hilary Lamaison, Brunel University

Three short (15 minute) tests are archived here, using a cross between multiple-choice and multiple-response questions, totally 26 questions.

Assessment Materials, Maths for Economists
Martin Sefton, University of Nottingham, Vincent Anesi, University of Nottingham

Module page for a course on Mathematical Economics as taught by Martin Sefton and Vincent Anesi of the University of Nottingham. It gives an outline of the aims, content and objectives of the module, with links to supporting learning materials - although some of these are password protected.

Curricula and Syllabi, Maths for Economists, Mathematical Economics
Tony O'Hagan, University of Sheffield

First Bayes is a teaching package for elementary Bayesian statistics. Distributions from any of thirteen standard families may be plotted and many summaries computed. The prior distribution, likelihood and posterior distribution can be plotted on a single "triplot". First Bayes is offered free to anyone interested in teaching or learning Bayesian Statistics, provided it is not used for profit.

Maths for Economists, Statistics for Economists, Software
Steve Cook, University of Wales, Swansea

This is an Excel file with four spreadsheets that allow students to gain familiarity with matrix algebra. It has been shared in conjunction with an Economics Network teaching case study.

Interactive Tutorials, Maths for Economists
Alexander Mürmann, LSE

Lecture notes presented here in PDF, deal with topics including differentiation and integration, utility functions and dynamic models, as part of a webpage supporting a Basic Mathematics for Economists course at the LSE in 2003/4. It also includes a course syllabus, class exercises and solutions. The link goes to Archive.org's copy of the site, which is no longer on the LSE server.

Curricula and Syllabi, Maths for Economists, Online Text and Notes
Dieter Balkenborg, University of Exeter

Mathematics for economists is a course webpage produced by Dieter Balkenborg of the University of Exeter, the 2008 version of the course was taught by Juliette Stephenson. The material includes lecture slides, class exercises and solutions, homework tasks, and exam papers, usually made available as PDF files. Also includes links to previous versions of the course stretching back to 2001.

Assessment Materials, Maths for Economists, Lecture Slides, Online Text and Notes, Mathematical Economics
Jerry Evensky, Syracuse University

This is an online multiple choice self-test to assess basic graph comprehension, including identifying positive and negative slope. It has 26 questions. Using Javascript, it should work on any modern web browser. The results include recommendations of online materials to review to fill identified gaps in the student's knowledge.

Assessment Materials, Maths for Economists
Martin Poulter, Economics Network

This is an online tool that creates paper exams in the key mathematical skills required for Economics. It generates questions randomly, lets you choose which ones to include and then print out separate question and answer sheets.

Assessment Materials, Maths for Economists
Netlib
The Netlib repository contains freely available software, documents, and databases of interest to the numerical, scientific computing, and other communities. The repository is maintained by AT&T Bell Laboratories, the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and by colleagues world-wide. Most Netlib software packages have no restrictions on their use but it is recommended that you check with the authors to be sure. It is possible to search or browse the site for resources.
Maths for Economists, Statistics for Economists, Software
Argonne National Laboratory
This is a guide to software packages for linear programming and other optimization methods, it includes packages on Access Grid technology, Globus, and other topics. Users may find the resources are aimed at mathematicians and computer scientists, rather than economists.
Maths for Economists
The MathWorks
Provided by the software developer MathWorks, this is a gateway to hundreds of links on technical computing, including Excel worksheets, MATLAB workbooks and Java applets, especially financial applications.
Maths for Economists, Software

Study skills for Economics students

Our site Studying Economics has tips including writing and referencing, revision, and help with maths.

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