At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

Political Economy/Economics
The Political Economy/Economics major examines the reciprocal relationships between politics, markets, and societies both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools. It emphasizes rigorous methods, including formal modeling, econometrics, and comparative case studies. Substantively, it analyzes how international and domestic political factors interact with macro and micro economic factors to determine outcomes in a wide variety of areas including globalization, international trade and finance, regulation, development, taxes, institutional design, the environment and income distribution.

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • Mathematical Foundations 1
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Ethics, Markets, Politics
  • Economics Principles
  • Development
  • International Political Economy
  • China’s Economic Transition
  • Senior Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • Intermediate Microeconomics II
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Health Economics
  • Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Competitive Strategy & IO
  • Financial Institutions
  • Economic Growth
  • International Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Research
  • Emerging Markets Finance
  • History of Monetary & International Crises
  • Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East