ALEXEY KUSHNIR

Assistant Professor of Economics
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Posner Hall, 237
412 268 60 79, akushnir@andrew.cmu.edu

 

Teaching


I am open to teach various courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, I have completed a course on “Effective Teaching Online” at The Pennsylvania State University that has given me the necessary knowledge and the skills to succeed as an online instructor.

Here is my Educational Statement. One could also access a copy of the Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award and an open teaching Reference Letter from Dr. Clair Smith, who supervised me at The Pennsylvania State University. Below, I briefly outline my past teaching experience. Available copies of original evaluation forms are provided.

The Principles of Economics (Carnegie Mellon University, 2015, 2016)

  • Topics covered: consumers and sellers incentives in markets, market equilibrium, the benefits of trade, externality, and the role of government in the economy, etc.
  • Course materials: Economics, 1st edition, by Acemoglu, Laibson, and List (Pearson Education). ISBN-13: 978-0-133-48774-9
  • Audience: first-year undergraduate
  • Evaluations: 3.95/5.00 (2016)
  • Notes: this is university-wide freshman class with each section consisting of more than 120 students

Within the Firm: Managing Through Incentives (Carnegie Mellon University, 2015, 2016)

  • Topics covered: objective and subjective performance measurements, relative performance evaluations, career-based incentives, seniority pay, promotions, skill acquisitions, relational contracts, and executive compensation
  • Course materials: HBS Business Cases, lecture notes, Edward P. Lazear and Michael Gibbs, Personnel Economics
    in Practice, Wiley, 3rd edition, 2014
  • Audience: second, third, and fourth-year undergraduate students
  • Evaluations: 4.27/5.00 (2016)
  • Notes: we discuss 11 business cases during the course

Economic Foundations of Finance (University of Zurich, 2013)

  • Topics covered: basic concepts of game theory, strategic and extensive form games, Nash equilibrium, elimination of dominated strategies, subgame perfect Nash equilibrium, Bayes-Nash Equilibrium, finance applications
  • Course materials: Mas-Colell, A., M.D. Whinston, and J.R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, 1995, Oxford University Press
  • Audience: Master students with majors in banking and finance
  • Evaluations: N/A
  • Notes: co-taught with Jacob Goeree the first half of the course; Thorsten Hens taught the second half of the course

Mechanism Design (University of Zurich, 2013, 2014)

  • Topics covered: Bayesian and dominant strategy implementation, envelope theorem, optimal auctions, geometric approach to mechanism design, multi-unit and combinatorial auctions, mechanism design with correlated types and interdependent values, voting, matching theory, financial market design
  • Course materials: the course was mainly based on original articles
  • Audience: Doctoral students
  • Evaluations: 5.00/5.00 (full evaluations)
  • Notes: co-taught with Jacob Goeree

Microeconomics for Research Students (University of Zurich, 2011, 2012)

  • Topics covered: fundamental topics of non-cooperative game theory, signaling and screening, principal-agent problem, cooperative game theory, elements of matching theory, elements of mechanism design
  • Course materials: Fudenberg, D. and J. Tirole, Game theory, 1991, MIT Press
  • Audience: Doctoral students
  • Evaluations: 5.88/6.00 for 2011 (full evaluations), 4.05/5.00 for 2012 (full evaluations)
  • Notes: a part of a core sequence for PhD student in Department of Economics at University of Zurich; taught both lectures and exercise sections.

Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy (The Pennsylvania State University, 2010)

  • Topics covered: methods and tools of economic analysis, demand and supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, consumer choice, producer choice, general equilibrium, monopoly, public good provision, uncertainty and asymmetric information
  • Course materials: Wooldridge, J., Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 2008, Cengage Learning; 4 edition
  • Audience: first year undergraduate students
  • Evaluations: N/A
  • Notes: online course 

Introductory Econometrics (The Pennsylvania State University, 2009)

  • Topics covered: simple regression, multivariate linear regression, predictions and errors, hypothesis testing, heteroskedasticity, ordinary and generally least squares models, model selection, instruments, time series, forecasting, panel data
  • Course materials: Case, K., R. Fair, and S. Oster, Principles of Microeconomics, 2008, Pearson Prentice Hall, 9th edition
  • Audience: fourth year undergraduate students
  • Evaluations: 6.22/7.00 (full evaluations)
  • Notes: the most advanced undergraduate econometrics course; intensive summer course taught each week day during two months; I received the Department of Economics Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award for teaching this course; one could also consult the Reference Letter from Dr. Clair Smith, who supervised me during this course.