ECON 490 - Topics in Microeconomics
Section: 001 Trade and Financial Globalization
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
ECON 401 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); OR Graduate standing.
Advisory Prerequisites:
STATS 250, or ECON 249, or STATS 426, or ECON 451.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The course covers the tools of practical international economics, and uses them to study globalization-related topics. The topics covered include but are not limited to (i) determinants of international trade and capital flows across countries and the impact of policies such as trade agreements in international trade; (ii) the relationship between international trade and economic growth and development; (iii) financial globalization and its consequences. The course touches on theory but is based on reading empirical research papers that use econometric estimation. Material will include tutorials in obtaining basic cross-country data, and on using the statistical software Stata.

For students unaccustomed to writing in English, a concurrent WRITING 119 (1 credit) through the Sweetland Writing Center is strongly encouraged. There is no textbook for the course. Most readings are available online through U-M library.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on course attendance/participation, student performance on homework assignments, unannounced quizzes, two in-class mid-term exams and a final exam. Exams will include small and large essay questions, problems, and multiple-choice questions.

Intended Audience:

Advanced students who are interested in labor and demographic economics and questions about gender.

Class Format:

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Lecture is the predominant instructional method, but students are encouraged to raise questions and are required to participate in periodic structured discussions and group exercises.

ECON 490 - Topics in Microeconomics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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