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Math & Economics Boot Camp

The objective of Boot Camp is to improve your math and economics skills while you get to know your peers.

Boot Camp is tailored exclusively for incoming MPP students wishing to prepare for the advanced economic and mathematical requirements of that degree, as well as for those MPA students committed to pursuing a policy analysis concentration (i.e., taking PUAD 601 and/or 670 in their first semester at AU).

Math & Economics Boot Camp is held in August, the weekend before Fall Orientation for three full days (Friday - Sunday). Dates for the 2016 Boot Camp are Friday, August 19th, 2016 to Sunday, August 21st, 2016 from 8 AM to 5 PM. Please notify Jessica Townsend,, to register.

Contact Jocelyn Johnston,, with questions.

Please refer to the 2015 Syllabus for examples of course content.


  • Greek notation
  • Operators
  • Order of operations
  • Basics of probability
  • Logs
  • Exponents
  • Properties of expected values
  • Equation of a line
  • Tangencies


  • Manipulating mathematical equations
  • Solving equation(s) with one or two unknowns, including equations with logs & exponents


  • What is economics?
  • Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics
  • Positive vs. Normative analysis
  • Opportunity cost
  • Thinking on the margin: Marginal benefit and Marginal cost
  • Comparative advantage vs. absolute advantage
  • Low-Hanging Fruit Principle
  • International trade and specialization
  • Excessive specialization?
  • What is a market? What are prices?
  • Supply, demand, and market equilibrium
  • Using algebra to answer economic questions