Institute for International Economic Policy

Economic Review Sessions

The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) will offer economics and statistics review sessions immediately prior to and at the beginning of the fall semester. All sessions will be located on the Foggy Bottom campus. These introductory sessions are meant to help prepare incoming and continuing students for coursework they will complete as part of their M.A. curriculum. Some review sessions can be used to complete entrance or graduation requirements. Students will not receive graduate credit for these sessions.

Who Are The Review Sessions For?

The review sessions are for anyone who has not completed an economics and/or statistics course within the last year and who would like to be reminded of the terminology and concepts related to economic or statistical analysis. If you haven’t taken a course in economics or statistics in recent years, or if you have but you generally feel uncomfortable with economic or statistical concepts then the review sessions are for you.

Which Review Session(s) Should I Sign Up For?

Introductory Microeconomics: These review sessions are for students who A) have never completed an introductory microeconomic course and need to complete their entrance requirement, B) those with only one or two previous economics courses, or C) those who have not taken an economics course within the last year prior to enrollment in the M.A. program.

Introductory Macroeconomics: These review sessions are for students who A) have never completed an introductory macroeconomic course and need to complete their entrance requirement, B) those with only one or two previous economics courses, or C) those who have not taken an economics course within the last year prior to enrollment in the M.A. program.

The introductory micro and macro review sessions are particularly appropriate for those students preparing to take ECON 6250 (Survey of Development Economics) ECON 6280 (Survey of International Economics) or PSC 6439 (International Political Economy. If you can only attend one of the two sets of sessions and must choose between them, introductory microeconomics is more helpful for ECON 6250 and similar development courses, while introductory macroeconomics is more helpful for courses in international trade/finance/business.

Introductory Statistics: These review sessions are for students who A) have never completed an introductory stats course but would like to become familiar with statistical ideas, B) those who have not taken an introductory statistics course within the last two years, or C) those who plan to take several courses in quantitative analysis as part of their M.A. program. The stats review sessions will serve as preparation for the regular 3-credit statistics/analytics courses offered by the Elliott School, Economics Department, and Political Science Department. The review sessions will improve your comfort level with quantitative analysis and the use of statistics in international affairs.

Intermediate Microeconomics: These review sessions are for students who A) have a more extensive economics background, B) those who plan to take several development/trade/international finance courses as part of their M.A. curriculum, or C) those (in the ITIP program) who need to complete their graduation requirement for intermediate microeconomics.

Intermediate Macroeconomics: These review sessions are for students who have a more extensive economics background, those who plan to take several development/trade/international finance courses as part of their M.A. curriculum, or those (in the ITIP program) who need to complete their graduation requirement.

The intermediate sessions are more helpful for students planning to take ECON 6283 (International Trade Theory and Policy) and ECON 6284 (International Macroeconomics Theory and Policy). Also note that the Intermediate Micro sessions are a better preparation for ECON 6283 and the Intermediate Macro sessions are better for ECON 6284.

When Will The Review Sessions Take Place?

Review Sessions will consist of 22 hours of sessions. Students are highly encouraged to attend all sessions to maximize learning. Students using the review sessions to complete an entrance or graduation requirement must pass a proficiency exam offered at the completion of the sessions. The full schedule follows:

Intro micro (August): August 14-19, 22-24, and on August 26, (a total of 11 sessions of review). The proficiency exams will be offered on Saturday, September 9. All sessions between August 14th and 26th (with the exception of the Saturday sessions on the 19th and 26th) will be offered in the evenings between 5:10-7 p.m. The Saturday sessions will take place in the late morning/early afternoon. Intro Micro and Macro will be held consecutively, so you may take both if you wish.

Intro macro (August): August 14-19, 22-24, and on August 26, (a total of 11 sessions of review). The proficiency exams will be offered on Saturday, September 9. All sessions between August 14th and 26th (with the exception of the Saturday sessions on the 19th and 26th) will be offered in the evenings between 7:10-9 p.m. The Saturday sessions will take place in the late morning/early afternoon. Intro Micro and Macro will be held consecutively, so you may take both if you wish.

Intermediate micro: August 14-19, 22-24, and on August 26, (a total of 11 sessions of review). The proficiency exams will be offered on Saturday, September 9. All sessions between August 14th and 26th (with the exception of the Saturday sessions on the 19th and 26th) will be offered in the evenings between 5:10-7 p.m. The Saturday sessions will take place in the late morning/early afternoon. Intermediate Micro and Macro will be held consecutively, so you may take both if you wish.

Intermediate macro: August 14-19, 22-24, and on August 26, (a total of 11 sessions of review). The proficiency exams will be offered on Saturday, September 9. All sessions between August 14th and 26th (with the exception of the Saturday sessions on the 19th and 26th) will be offered in the evenings between 7:10-9 p.m. The Saturday sessions will take place in the late morning/early afternoon. Intermediate Micro and Macro will be held consecutively, so you may take both if you wish.

Intro stats: September 9, 16, 23, and 30. All sessions will be offered in the early morning to late afternoon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (5.5 hours of review sessions each Saturday with a 30-minute lunch break).

Intro micro (September): September 9, 16, 23, and 30. The proficiency exam will be offered on Saturday, October 7. All sessions will be offered in the early morning to late afternoon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (5.5 hours of review sessions each Saturday with a 30-minute lunch break).

Intro macro (September): September 9, 16, 23, and 30. The proficiency exam will be offered on Saturday, October 7. All sessions will be offered in the early morning to late afternoon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (5.5 hours of review sessions each Saturday with a 30-minute lunch break).

How Much Do The Review Sessions Cost?

Review Sessions: Each set of 22 hours of review sessions costs $400 (e.g. $800 if you take both Intro Micro and Intro Macro).

Review Sessions and Proficiency Exam: Each set of 22 hours of review sessions and the proficiency exam costs $500 (e.g. $1000 if you take both Intro Micro and Intro Macro). This option is for students using the review sessions to complete an entrance or graduation requirement.

The (non-refundable) payment may be made by check or money order to ‘IIEP – ESIA’ or using a debit/credit card. Cash will not be accepted. Checks or money orders may be sent to the address below or turned in on the first day of class.

Kyle Renner
Institute for International Economic Policy
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW, Suite 502
Washington, D.C. 20052

Credit and debit card payments may be made on the first day of class.

Where Do I Sign Up?

To signal your interest, please complete our form at the link below. Instructor details and syllabi will be provided closer to the start of the sessions.

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If you have any questions please contact Kyle Renner at iiep@gwu.edu or by phone at (202) 994-5320.

Please contact iiep@gwu.edu for more information.