polkaparty

02-08-2008, 12:38 AM

I'm wondering, what program do you think has the most mathematically advanced courses? Note: The subset I'm thinking of ordering is the top 20 or so programs, but please feel free to provide any information useful for making pairwise comparisons among any programs.

I would particularly like to hear from people with personal or 2nd hand experience.

For example, I know that Penn's math camp is 6 weeks long and appears to cover a lot of fairly advanced material, allowing them to cover even more in their Fall "math for econ" course. In this respect, MIT seems less mathematically advanced since they are still covering Rudin level material during their fall math for econ course. [this all from syllabi, etc. I found online]

Also, Cassin said that their micro theory course (at Princeton) proved everything, which of course MWG does not even approach. I'm not sure how literal he was in saying this though. How do other school's micro sequences compare from this kind of mathematical perspective? (I.e., in supplementing MWG; the text is good, but nowhere near the standards of a real math text)

If I had to guess, I'd say that the theory schools are going to be more advanced for the obvious reason, but perhaps this isn't true.

Other schools that may be relatively more advanced: NYU, if their mathematics sequence just follows Efe Ok's text (through the end of course). Purdue also seems to have a good mathematical side, since James Moore was (is?) a prof. there when he wrote his excellent 2 volume methods texts and Aliprantis is there as well.

As one final benchmark, Harvard also appears relatively less advanced (in micro 1 at least), if the Nolan Miller notes are still used.

I would particularly like to hear from people with personal or 2nd hand experience.

For example, I know that Penn's math camp is 6 weeks long and appears to cover a lot of fairly advanced material, allowing them to cover even more in their Fall "math for econ" course. In this respect, MIT seems less mathematically advanced since they are still covering Rudin level material during their fall math for econ course. [this all from syllabi, etc. I found online]

Also, Cassin said that their micro theory course (at Princeton) proved everything, which of course MWG does not even approach. I'm not sure how literal he was in saying this though. How do other school's micro sequences compare from this kind of mathematical perspective? (I.e., in supplementing MWG; the text is good, but nowhere near the standards of a real math text)

If I had to guess, I'd say that the theory schools are going to be more advanced for the obvious reason, but perhaps this isn't true.

Other schools that may be relatively more advanced: NYU, if their mathematics sequence just follows Efe Ok's text (through the end of course). Purdue also seems to have a good mathematical side, since James Moore was (is?) a prof. there when he wrote his excellent 2 volume methods texts and Aliprantis is there as well.

As one final benchmark, Harvard also appears relatively less advanced (in micro 1 at least), if the Nolan Miller notes are still used.