Oleksandr (Alex) Zhylyevskyy: Teaching

Oleksandr (Alex) Zhylyevskyy
Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy


My responsibilities at ISU presently include teaching a graduate labor economics course Econ 621X and an undergraduate principles of macroeconomics course Econ 102. In the past, I taught a graduate econometrics course Econ 672.

Econ 621X: Labor Markets

This course is designed to provide a graduate student with a review of theoretical and empirical methods employed in current labor economics research. In particular, the course focuses on the topics of labor demand, job search and matching, unemployment, market determination of wages, compensating differentials, employment contracts and incentives, and wage inequality and discrimination. Time permitting, the course also reviews the effects of minimum wage legislation, occupation choice, and labor unions. Please refer to the course page on Canvas for the syllabus and additional details.

Econ 102: Principles of Macroeconomics

This course is designed to help undergraduate students understand the basics of aggregate economic activity and the effects of fiscal and monetary policy on national income, unemployment, and inflation. Students are advised to take Econ 101 (Principles of Microeconomics) prior to Econ 102. Importantly, I use Canvas to administer graded homeworks and exams and to post various class material.

Econ 672: Econometrics II

This course is a component of the core of the Ph.D. program in economics. In Springs of 2009-2017, I taught the first half of the course, which provided graduate students with an in-depth treatment of cross-sectional econometric methods. The focus was on asymptotic properties of extremum estimators, such as MLE and GMM, and on approaches to large sample statistical inference. In addition, I discussed qualitative variable models and simultaneous equation systems.

Teaching experience prior to ISU

I taught undergraduate principles of micro- and macroeconomics courses at the University of Virginia. There, I also was fortunate to serve as a teaching assistant to Kenneth G. Elzinga, a nationally renowned expert in undergraduate economics education, and to work as a teaching assistant in several graduate economics courses.

Teaching philosophy

My main goal when teaching macroeconomics principles is to help the students learn how to think more clearly about the effects of fiscal and monetary policy in our daily lives. I also hope to promote economic literacy so that a typical student walking out of the final exam can be a better citizen and live a more meaningful life. My primary objective in the graduate econometrics class is to equip the students with the knowledge of fundamental econometric methods, in order to firmly set them on the path to become successful applied economists. For details on my teaching philosophy, see the statement of approach toward teaching and classroom instruction in .pdf.