Requirements/prerequisites: 211 is an essential prerequisite, 221 and 251 are strongly
recommended and 212 would be useful, but not essential.
This course and 412 (Measure theory and probability) are complementary
and students with an interest in finance should take both, in any
Duration: Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity
Number of lectures per week: 2lectures + 1 tutorial per week.
Assessment: Problem sets will be distributed regularly throughout the
course and students are expected to attempt them in advance of the
tutorials in which they
are discussed. Collaboration on the more difficult problems is
encouraged. The course mark will be based entirely on the annual
examination, but this
examination will be based to a significant extent on the problem
sets. The examination paper will comprise nine questions and each
expected to attempt six of these.
End-of-year Examination: 3-hour end of year exam.
Description: Mathematics course 381 is a course in mathematical economics (including a substantial component on mathematical finance) taught by Dr. Patrick Waldron (Economics Department). It is a compulsory mathematics course for Junior Sophister TSM students in mathematics and economics and may also be chosen by the following:
Sophister students in single honor mathematics
Senior Sophister TSM students in mathematics whose other subject is not economics
Objective The objective of this course is to introduce students of mathematics to a few of the countless applications of mathematics in modern economics and finance. Much of the mathematics will be familiar, and the emphasis will be on applying it in economics.
Following a brief introduction to economics, the remainder of the course will be broken down into the following topics:
The accompanying bibliography contains a variety of items, ranging from classics such as Debreu (1959) and von Neumann and Morgenstern (1953), through popular works on the use of mathematics in financial markets such as Bernstein (1992) and Bass (1999) to original journal articles such as Black (1972) and Merton (1972). Students are of course encouraged to read widely, and appropriate references to the literature will be provided in lectures. As far as course textbooks are concerned, for the first section, the primary text, insofar as there is one, is Takayama (1994). For the second section, it is Varian (1992) and for the remaining sections, it is Huang and Litzenberger (1988).
Oct 10, 2000