Fall 2019 - ECON 831 G100

Mathematical Economics (4)

Class Number: 1017

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 9:00 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 1691, Burnaby

    Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    WMC 1691, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 331.



Introduction to mathematics required for PhD level coursework and research in economics. Topics may include real analysis, analysis on metric spaces, differential calculus, convexity, and optimization. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


The goal of this course is to develop the fluency in mathematics required for PhD level coursework and research in economics.

Topics (subject to change):

  1. Logic, sets, relations, functions, and real numbers
  2. Analysis on metric spaces
  3. Differential calculus, convexity, and optimization


  • Test + quizzes 20%
  • Final exam 80%



Lay, S. 2005. Analysis: With an Introduction to Proof. Pearson. (4th or 5th edition).

Sundaram, R. 1996. A First Course in Optimization Theory.  Cambridge.

Vohra, R. 2005. Advanced Mathematical Economics. Routledge.

de la Fuente, A. 2000. Mathematical Methods and Models for Economists. Cambridge University Press.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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