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ECONOMICS

ECON-658
Economics of World Regions (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics course examines economic trends and economic policies in regions such as Africa, East Asia, or the Middle East. Focuses on distinctive economic institutions in the particular region, on the interdependencies within regions, and on the role of public policies in economic growth. Prerequisite: ECON-600 or ECON-803, and ECON-601 or ECON-802; or ECON-603.

ECON-658
001
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Economics of World Regions (3)

International Finance and the Emerging Markets

This course deals with the implications of financial globalization for emerging market countries and specifically with the pros and cons of attracting direct investment and portfolio flows, the peculiarities of global capital movements such as contagion and sudden stop phenomena, the roles of credit rating agencies and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in facilitating access to international lenders and investors, the importance of currency and maturity mismatches, the effectiveness (or not) of controls on capital flows, and the relationship between capital flows, overindebtedness, and sovereign debt defaults. Prerequisite: ECON-672 or permission of instructor. Meets with ECON-458 002 SIS-627 001.

ECON-658
002
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Economics of World Regions (3)

Financial Issues in Latin America

Systemic financial problems--fiscal banking currency and debt crises often in highly damaging combination--have loomed large in the economic history of Latin America. This course analyzes both the fundamental and precipitating causes of these financial crises, focusing on economic policy and institutional shortcomings as well as on other domestic and external forces that generate financial instability. Case studies are used to illustrate particular situations encountered in recent years. Prerequisite: ECON-601 or permission of instructor. Meets with ECON-458 003 SIS-658 001.