ECON 495 - Seminar in Economics
Section: 001 Global Macroeconomics
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
ECON 401 and 402, each with a grade of C- or better.
Advisory Prerequisites:
ECON 452 or ECON 454.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course is for students interested in conducting original research on global macroeconomic issues. A suggested, but far from exclusive, list of topic areas include:

  • global financial markets – their function; purpose; regulation of;
  • exchange rates – volatility; management; alternative regimes; pass-through;
  • capital controls – efficacy of; trade-offs;
  • economic integration – fiscal and monetary unions; free trade areas;
  • fiscal and monetary policy in open economies

All topics, including those suggested above, should be discussed with the instructor early in the semester.

The goal of the course is to create a collaborative environment that helps students identify a research topic, formulate economic hypotheses, identify data or an economic argument to evaluate hypotheses, and then to communicate the results orally and in writing. Students will have an opportunity to present their work to others for feedback and suggestions. It is essential for students majoring in economics to be able to communicate and to write clearly. Interaction with peers is an important component of the course. The end result should be a high quality, original economics paper that can be submitted as an honors thesis.

Course Requirements:

The course has four graded writing assignments with strict deadlines. All assignments will be reviewed for content as well as the expositional quality of the writing.

Intended Audience:

You do not have to be in the ECON Honors program to apply for this class. You can find the application on the Economics website: Please scroll down to the end of the page.

ECON 495 - Seminar in Economics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Students must apply for enrollment. Application available on Econ Dept website.
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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