Aim of the course: This bootcamp will introduce students to using computational methods in economics. We will start by introducing the basics in Matlab and go through the most important elements of coding. We will also cover a few more advanced topics towards the end of the course. Throughout the course students will have hands-on practice in working with Matlab through extensive exercises. The aim is that by the end of the course students will be able to use the program in other courses and in their research. Note that this course is aimed at all graduate students, it is not specific to macroeconomics.

Assessment: There will not be any assignment for this course. The course is meant as preparation for other 2nd year courses and will not give credits.

Preliminary Course Outline

1. basic introduction to Matlab (what is what in matlab?)
2. scalars, vectors and matrices in Matlab
3. workflow: loops and if-statements
4. functions and scripts
5. debugging
6. simulation
7. Gauss-Hermite quadrature
8. github: using version control software



Time and place:

Thursday, August 29: 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, room A5137

Friday, August 30: 09:00-12:00, room A5137