econ398Syllabus

econ398Syllabus - Department of Economics University of...

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Department of Economics University of Maryland Spring 2009 Course Number: ECON-398C- 0201 TR 3:30-4:45 PM TYD 1102 ECON -398C-0101 TR 5:00-6:15 PM TYD 2102 Instructor: Naveen Sarna, Ph. D (Economics) E-mail: n sarna@mail.umd.edu Office: 1105C Morrill Hall, (301)405-3671 Office hours: TR 2:30-3:30 PM and by appointment First Class: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Last Class: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Course Description The course would provide an overview of global economic development from a policy-oriented perspective. The main objective is to analyze current policy debates surrounding economic growth and development from a broad analytical base. Readings and discussions will focus on a number of key areas: understanding the nations economic conditions; analyzing the real loanable funds markets in both local and international context,; examining the interrelationships among significant macroeconomic variables, exploring the design of trade and industrial policies; understanding and quantifying international lending and causes of financial crises; comparing and contrasting government policies towards foreign exchange market; examining the role of the World Bank, IMF, WTO, and other international agencies; and analyzing regional and bilateral trade agreements. The vast majority of in-class examples will deal with the workable economic policies being followed in the global economy, with an emphasis on “emerging economies” such as India and China. What You Will Learn The course objectives are to increase your understanding of current economic events and issues in the world, to relate this understanding to policy making and business practices, and to improve your analytical thinking and problem solving skills. I will use theory and evidence applied to real world economic situations. Most importantly, I hope you will learn two things: (1) How to frame and formulate current macroeconomic issues, discern the relevant facts that are applied to their analysis, distinguish ideology from evidence, and decide what a reasonable policy stance on the issue is; and (2) Relate the debate about the macroeconomic issue and the policy outcomes that might flow from it to the operations and strategy for the economy. Course Materials
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2009 for the course ECON 398 taught by Professor Sing during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.

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