The course is student centred. It will explore a wide range of contemporary issues regarding economic policies and institutions.
Students will be expected to address real-life economic policy problems, drawing on theoretical analysis they have already been exposed to, empirical evidence and practical experience (e.g. as reported in the financial press). Unlike many economics courses, the primary focus of this course will not be on the United States, but rather on Europe and a wide range emerging market economies. After the three introductory lectures, the course will consist of class presentations by the students (including power point slides, to be distributed a week in advance to the class), in which they first describe and then analyse a real world economic policy problem and present clear recommendations.
The main themes the course will address this year are:
I. Current issues in international economic policy and conflict.
II. The COVID pandemic and economic policy.
III. The Economic Impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Sanctions against Russia and by Russia
IV. Monetary and financial policy.
V. Fiscal and tax policy.
VI. Social and labour market policy
VII. Long term fiscal and economic sustainability.