Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Workload : Each week, you are asked to read at least one required paper (sometimes two). There are also often suggested papers that will also be discussed in the lecture. You should come to class having read each of the papers. In addition, I post my lecture notes each week. The lecture notes will have links and references to further reading. Material from the text of the lecture as well as from the assigned readings from each week is fair game for the ﬁnal exam. There will not be questions on references in the lectures notes that are not required readings. However, familiarization with these papers will improve your performance on the exams. Course Description : Economic sociology addresses puzzling economic phenomena and draws on a variety of intellectual traditions in order to explain them. In contrast to other approaches to explaining the economy, economic sociology often embraces the complexity of economic action. That complexity can be broken down into several theoretical camps. While the boundaries of these camps are sometimes blurred, they provide a constructive framework within which to explain, criticize, plan and predict economic action. This course builds a comprehensive understanding of the ﬁeld of economic sociology as understood through three of its most prominent intellectual themes : power, culture and rational action. It introduces students to the ﬁeld of economic sociology through an examination of these themes and illuminates each through a discussion of contemporary economic questions and concerns. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
mathematical notation and notions such as functions of a real variable, derivatives, indexed sums. Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : The ﬁnal grade will take into account the following : participation in class and in particular participation in exercises and assignments distributed in class. Possibly students will be asked to prepare a short presentation. Completion of homework assignments (such as material to read before class) These parts will account for at least 30% of the grade. A ﬁnal written exam. Workload : This course requires the students to absorb a number of new theoretical notions fairly rapidly. Pedagogical Method : The course will be based on lectures with pdf slides but the sessions will also comprise exercises, problem solving and the study of examples to be completed individually or in groups. Course Description : We are all surrounded by and embedded in networks, be it those of our friends or professional contacts or networks mediated by the web, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Networks also play a major role in economic life : the nature of the network linking consumers may determine whether a new product spreads by word of mouth, the credit network linking different banks can affect their risk of default. For the individual, being part of a network allows him to receive or transmit information, to inﬂuence or be inﬂuenced by others. Therefore, occupying a favorable position in a network can be seen as a strategic asset. In this course we will be interested in how rational individuals behave when they position themselves in networks or interact through a given network. These issues will be analyzed in the micro economic/game theoretical framework of utility maximizing agents. We introduce tools for modeling, describing and analyzing networks and review criteria for identifying the most central, well connected or inﬂuential agents in the network. We then explore the problem of strategic network formation in different contexts and analyze the stability and efﬁciency of the networks that are formed. Finally, we will be interested in how network architecture can inﬂuence different social processes such as the spread of an innovation or a trend from a group of initial adopters to a larger part of the population. Required reading : Selected readings from the following manuals : ; Matthew O. Jackson "Social
ECONOMIC THEORY OF NETWORKS AND STRATEGIC INTERACTION (THE)
Semester : Spr