Skip to content
Course Website on Macroeconomic Analysis with Machine Learning and Big Data
Branch: master
Clone or download
Latest commit d31c58c Jul 15, 2019
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.
Final Project Update Final Jul 8, 2019
Notes Add files via upload Jul 10, 2019
Presentation Presentation Materials Jul 4, 2019
2019Summer_ReadingList_v4.pdf Add files via upload Jul 15, 2019
2019Summer_syllabus.pdf Add files via upload Jul 2, 2019
Presentation Update Presentation Jul 10, 2019 Update Jul 10, 2019

Macroeconomic Analysis with Machine Learning and Big Data

What's New?

July 10: We will have Dr. Jiequn Han to teach a guest lecture on Mean Field Games (MFG) and Heterogeneous Agent Model in Continuous Time (HACT) on July 18.

July 10: The lecture notes on Statistical Model in Macroeconomics (I) taken by @胡裕民 and @杨路 have been uploaded.

July 8: Instructions for the final project have been uploaded here.

July 5: The lecture notes on unsupervised learning taken by @黄冠华 have been uploaded.

July 4: The presentation schedule has been uploaded here. Please refer to the slides of the first lecture for instructions. You can find a sample presentation here, but please note that it was a 15-minute presentation. A 30-minute presentation would have about 20 pages of slides.

July 4: The lecture notes this morning taken by @黄冠华 and @郑重 have been uploaded.


For all enrolled and auditing students, please sign up here for future notifications.

Administrative information

  • Instructors:

    • Weinan E
    • Yucheng Yang
  • Time: Tue: 9:00-12:00; Thu: 9:00-12:00; Fri: 10:00-12:00 (9:00-11:00 in Week 1).

  • Location: Room 515, Teaching Building 2

  • Office Hour: By Appointment with

Course Description

We introduce emerging opportunities in macroeconomics due to the recent booming of big data and the development of machine learning. We will systematically discuss relevant existing work (e.g. state space models, heterogeneous agent models, reduced-form macro models) and a series of recent work. The course will be based on lecture notes by instructors and relevant papers.

Outline of the Course (Main References are in the Reading List)

1. Overview

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Basics of Machine Learning for Macroeconomics

2. Statistical Model in Macroeconomics and Machine Learning

2.1 Vector Autoregressive Model and Structural VAR

2.2 State Space Model, Filtering Problem and EM Algorithm

2.3 Recurrent Neural Network and LSTM Network

2.4 State Space Model with Non-standard Data

3. Structural Model in Macroeconomics and Machine Learning

3.1 Representative Agent Model and DSGE

3.2 Heterogeneous Agent Model: Krusell-Smith and variants

3.3 Heterogeneous Agent Model in Continuous Time: HACT and HANK

3.4 Solving High-dimensional Stochastic Control and PDEs using Deep Neural Networks

3.5 Solving Structural Model using Deep Neural Networks

4. Empirical Macroeconomic Analysis with Big Data

4.1 Credit & Consumption Data and the Great Recession

4.2 Tax Data, Inequality and Economic Opportunity

4.3 Scanner Data, Prices and Monetary Policy

4.4 Social Network Data, Economic Behavior and Macro Implications

4.5 Firm Data and Macroeconomic Implications

4.6 Employer-Employee Data, Job Posting Data and Firm Dynamics

4.7 Alternative Data and New Measures of National Accounting

4.8 Textual Data, Uncertainty and Sentiments


Calculus and Linear Algebra, at least one programming language. Students should also be familiar with at least one of the following courses at the advanced level: macroeconomics, statistics, machine learning. Not open to freshmen and sophomores.


50% class participation and presentation. 50% final project. Auditing students are welcome, but should also participate in the in-class presentation. For more details please refer to the syllabus.

You can’t perform that action at this time.