Matthew Botsch

Assistant Professor of Economics

Teaching this semester

ECON 2556. Macroeconomics

An intermediate-level study of contemporary national income, employment, and inflation theory. Consumption, investment, government receipts, government expenditures, money, and interest rates are examined for their determinants, interrelationships, and role in determining the level of aggregate economic activity. Policy implications are drawn from the analysis.

ECON 3301. Financial Economics

An introduction to the economics of finance using the tools of intermediate microeconomic theory. Explores the economic role of financial markets in determining the price of risk, allocating capital across space, and moving economic value through time. Particular emphasis on questions of market efficiency and social usefulness. Topics likely to include choice under uncertainty, the time value of money, portfolio optimization, the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the Efficient Market Hypothesis, options and derivatives, and the Modigliani-Miller Theorem. Not open to students with credit for Economics 2301 taken in the fall 2014 or fall 2015 semesters.

Matthew J. Botsch, assistant professor of economics, specializes in the economics of banking and finance, with an emphasis on the effects of asymmetric information and behavioral biases on decision-making. He is particularly interested in the interactions between credit market distortions and the real economy. He teaches courses on macroeconomics and financial economics. His recent working papers study lending and borrowing decisions in the syndicated loan market and the residential mortgage market.

Education

  • Ph.D. , University of California - Berkeley
  • B.A., Amherst College

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