David Backus

Teaching materials

I have an open source attitude toward teaching materials: anyone is welcome to the complete collection long as they mention the source. In some cases, authorship includes my NYU colleagues. In most cases, complete sets of materials are posted in GitHub respositories. The local NYU standard is now: notes in LaTeX, slides in Powerpoint or LaTeX/Beamer, and data input and graphics in Stata, R, Matlab, or Python, depending on the vintage. Some of this varies by subject. Any questions, let me know.

Current course websites

  • Macroeconomic Foundations for Asset Prices. An introduction to the mathematics of modern asset pricing and its macroeconomic foundations. Uses calculus intensively. Repository: MFAP.
  • Global Economy. Macroeconomics as a tool for assessing economic and business conditions in countries. Includes Argentina as a continuing source of humor. Repositories: Amazon book, course materials.
  • SQL Bootcamp. Sarah Beckett-Hile's non-credit mini-course on SQL databases for business students. Alums tell us this is an essential skill in the business world.
  • Data Bootcamp. An introduction to Python applied to economic and financial data. We expect this to be one of the most valuable courses you ever take. Aimed at programming newbies.

Old course materials (no guarantees)

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