Syllabus - Economics 161 Spring 2011 Global Integration of...

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Unformatted text preview: Economics 161 Spring 2011 Global Integration of Latin America March 30, 2011 Instructor: Marc-Andreas Muendler Office: Economics 312 Office hours: Wed 9:30am-10:30am Phone: (858) 534-4799 E-mail: muendler@ucsd.edu Classroom: Warren Lecture Hall 2005 Class Time: TuTh 2:00pm-3:20pm Class Web Page: econ.ucsd.edu/muendler/teach/11s/161 Section ID 715357 Teaching Assistants: Kristy Buzard Ketki Sheth Sam Young E-mail: kbuzard@ucsd.edu ksheth@ucsd.edu smyoung@ucsd.edu Office: Econ 123 Sequoyah 237 Econ 126 Office hours: Thu 1:00pm-2:00pm Tue 3:30pm-5:00pm Thu 9:00am-10:00am 1 Course Objectives This course examines economic development in Latin American and Caribbean countries under the perspective of their integration into the global economy. The course discusses trade in pri- mary and manufactured goods and regional trade agreements, international capital flows to Latin America, financial vulnerabilities, as well as policy responses and their interaction with poverty, income inequality and growth. The course covers underlying economic concepts to inform the analysis of trade regimes, international investments, and foreign debt management. Students work together in randomly formed groups that foster the interaction between eco- nomists and non-economists. In these work groups, students write a 3-to-4-page paper on a de- velopment issue in Latin America and select one or more group representatives for an in-class presentation and subsequent open discussion. 2 Prerequisites Econ 1A-B or Econ 1 and 3. 3 Readings Lecture notes become available online at econ.ucsd.edu/muendler/teach/11s/161 before each class. Textbook: Franko (2007)/ch. 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 Main readings: Dom nguez (2010); Easterly (2001)/ch. 6; Fernandez-Armesto (2003)/ch. 7; Fukuyama (2010); Lopez-Calva and Lustig (2010); Pugel (2004)/ch. 3 and 20 1 Background readings: Barros, de Carvalho, Franco, and Mendonc a (2010), Birdsall and Graham (2000), Esquivel, Lustig, and Scott (2010), Fraga (2004), Hamilton (2009), Loungani and Razin (2001), Lustig (2008), Ocampo (2004), Rodrik and Subramanian (2003) The textbook provides the main reference to economic change in Latin America. The main read- ings are intended to help you review conceptual lecture material beyond the textbook and to complement the textbook on recent economic change. The background readings provide addi- tional facts and discussion. Most readings are available electronically through the class web page at econ.ucsd.edu/muendler/teach/11s/161 . Web links to copyrighted readings only work from on- campus domains. 4 Group Paper and Presentations To instill interaction between you and your classmates from diverse academic backgrounds, part of your course work is dedicated to a 3-to-4-page group paper in favor or against a select topic on Latin Americas global economic integration. You will work in a group of four to six students on one of the following eight topics, and will have to argue either in favor or against the topic:...
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