People still ask me from time to time, hey, what's the deal with your Doctorate? Is it in Economics? Is it in Agriculture? I'm getting tired of telling them that yes!!! It is an Economics Doctorate, and yes, we do have to take exactly the same CORE courses and program that the PhD in pure economics, and that the only difference is that we make an emphasis in the applied section, that is, while the two programs take two Microeconomic Theory courses, they (the PhD in economics) take an additional course in Theory, Micro Theory III, while we take a third course called Microeconomic Workshop, which is basically empirical practices. This same logic is true for other main disciplines of economics, macro, international trade and econometrics. We do estimate production and other functions empirically, we do optimizations that take two days of calculations in the fastest computers, empirically, not only as a seven pages long Kuhn Tucker optimization exercise of calculus in a notebook. We do use, we have to use, econometric methods intensively, maybe even more so that in the Economics Department! In doing so, we do encounter serious practical problems that need to be addressed. And while we normally apply our economic tools to analyze agricultural problems, that may not always be the case. We would tackle any kind of problem as long as is empirical. My dissertation topic for instance is on legal and illegal immigration dynamics and labor market aspects of it, so the program is pretty flexible in the applications.
In the next section I will post some of the materials of my CORE program, which is exactly the same than the PhD program in Economics. Actually students from 3 PhD programs take pretty much the same CORE classes, PhD in Finance, PhD in Economics and us, PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics, we were all classmates. As you will see, we applied economists do know serious economics! Here are the lecture notes I took during my CORE courses, or at least most of them!, University of Florida course code shown in parenthesis:
BEFORE THE CORE SEQUENCE ===========================================================================================================>>
At the University of Florida, you HAVE TO TAKE AND PASS A KILLER Math Camp!! (Simon & Blume) if you want to have a PhD in Economics
I also took classes in International Trade (Feenstra, Bhagwati, papers), and Time Series Analisis (Brockwell, Enders), Production Economics (Jorgenson, papers), Risk Management (Many references, papers), Methods and Research, among many others (My transcript is available upon request)
OTHER USEFUL MATERIALS ===========================================================================================================>>
Stata Notes A selection of the most useful comands, and a brief introduction to programming in Stata