At the University of Oregon, I have served as an independent instructor five times -in econometrics, labor economics, and development economics. These were large courses that also involved managing teaching assistants. I have also served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses. I received the 2020 Department of Economics Graduate Teaching Award, and consistently receive excellent student feedback. Below, you can find summaries of the courses I have taught, along with syllabi, other course materials, and examples of student feedback. Note that the University of Oregon has transitioned away from quantitative teaching evaluations, so the bulk of my feedback is qualitative.
EC 350: Issues in Labor Economics (Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
In this course, students explore issues in the labor market using insights from economic theory and empirical papers. This course begins by studying labor supply and labor demand and then it examines some of the potential causes of wage inequality, such as human capital investment, compensating wage differentials, the decline of organized labor, and discrimination.
EC 421: Introduction to Econometrics (II) (Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
Syllabus, Course materials
This course prepares students for the demands of real-world applications. Toward this goal, the couse begins by examining the assumptions that underly econometric and statistical models. These models impose strong assumptions that are often violated in practice. Next, by relaxing these assumptions and replacing them with looser, more palatable assumptions, students derive, build, and estimate the resulting new models. By the end of this course, students have the ability to statistically examine the bulk of economic issues using econometrics-knowing how to empirically test economic models and knowing the strengths, weaknesses, and assumptions of their chosen route of analysis. Learning statistical programming is inherent to practicing applied econometrics. Consequently, throughout this course students also learn the statistical programming language R.
EC 490: Development Economics (Summer 2020)
This course explores the main issues affecting the well-being of individuals living in low- and middle-income countries while studying the decision-making process of these households, with a focus on health, education and finance. Students are exposed to both theoretical and empirical tools used in development as well as the tools used to critically evaluate development and poverty alleviation programs run by governments and non-governmental organizations. While doing so, students hone their skills to critically read academic articles from empirical economics, and deepen their understanding of econometrics learning about RCT, difference-in-differences and fixed effects models, among others.
Discussion or Lab Instructor
EC 201: Principles of Microeconomics (Winter 2017)
EC 202: Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring 2017)
EC 311: Intermediate Microeconomics (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)
EC 320: Introduction to Econometrics (I) (Winter 2018)
EC 421: Introduction to Econometrics (II) (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
“Luciana is easily one of the strongest graduate instructors I’ve had at the University of Oregon. She’s incredibly intelligent and genuine, and that comes across in her teaching. She communicated all information incredibly clearly and efficiently. Luciana would frequently check in with us to make sure the pacing and structure of the lab section was as effective as possible, which I really appreciated. She was also happy to answer questions about economics beyond the scope of the class (more advanced econometrics, graduate school, etc.) It’s very apparent that she sincerely cares about her students and their learning. Without a doubt, I would take a class taught by Luciana again." EC 421: Introduction to Econometrics (II) (Spring 2018)
“Loved that everything was always organized and available online to go back and review. Material was very clear” EC 350: Issues in Labor Economics (Spring 2019)
“Luciana is a great teacher that expresses her love of economics very well, even to the point where it can be contagious. Always on time, and very understanding. Would love to take a class taught by her in the future." EC 350: Issues in Labor Economics (Spring 2019)
“It was really nice to connect with other hardworking Latina in this field” Econometrics (Fall 2019)
“Instructor showed clarity in her support for her students. Explained a complex course very thoroughly. Always available to help students succeed." EC 421: Introduction to Econometrics (II) (Fall 2019)
“I really enjoyed this class and appreciate how accommodating it was for us students during these crazy times. Even though it was a short summer term class I feel like I learned more than in most of the 10 week classes I have taken. Your lecture slides make the papers so much easier to understand!" EC 490: Development Economics (Summer 2020)