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Online course Math for Economists

HSE and Coursera open a new course for students interested in economics and finance who did not have comprehensive instruction in Mathematics during their undergraduate studies.

We created a course specially for our future master students - online 8 week course Math for economists https://www.coursera.org/learn/mathematics-for-economists. The course starts on July 16, 2018. The course is delivered by Kirill Bukin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Department of Theoretical Economics. 

This course is an important part of the undergraduate stage in education for future economists. It's also useful for graduate students who would like to gain knowledge and skills in an important part of math. It gives students skills for implementation of the mathematical knowledge and expertise to the problems of economics. Its prerequisites are both the knowledge of the single variable calculus and the foundations of linear algebra including operations on matrices and the general theory of systems of simultaneous equations. Some knowledge of vector spaces would be beneficial for a student. 

The course covers several variable calculus, both constrained and unconstrained optimization. The course is aimed at teaching students to master comparative statics problems, optimization problems using the acquired mathematical tools. Home assignments will be provided on a weekly basis.

The objective of the course is to acquire the students’ knowledge in the field of mathematics and to make them ready to analyze simulated as well as real economic situations.

Students learn how to use and apply mathematics by working with concrete examples and exercises. Moreover this course is aimed at showing what constitutes a solid proof. The ability to present proofs can be trained and improved and in that respect the course is helpful. It will be shown that math is not reduced just to “cookbook recipes”. On the contrary  the deep knowledge of math concepts helps to understand real life situations.


The course targe audience are undergraduate students (all years of study) and masters degree students (first year of study). Enroll online via link https://www.coursera.org/learn/mathematics-for-economists?action=enroll&authMode=signup