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Report from the Politics Committee

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Political Aspects of the Euro

Report from the Finance Group

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Finance presentation

Upcoming Deadlines

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

FYI, I put two upcoming deadlines on the Tasks page:

  • Preliminary group Report on What are the Financial/Economic/Political Aspects of the Euro Problem – Due: Feb 13
  • Prelim Commentary on Your Engagement & Insights – Due: Feb 27


Yes, I know class doesn’t start until next week

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Our first class is one week from today, so I wanted to give you some information about how we’re going to proceed.  While we are going to study the normal international finance curriculum, we are not going to do so in a traditional way.  Rather, we are going to learn international finance in the context of a collaborative research project.  The research question we will explore is the following:

  • Is the European Monetary System (i.e. the Euro) sustainable in its current configuration?

Recall that I asked you to read Krugman’s Return of Depression Economics before school starts.  So that gives you a week to complete the book.  As you read Krugman, think about how it might speak to this question.  In the meantime, on Monday I will ask you what the research question means to you.

There’s one more question that I’d like you to think about and be prepared to answer on Monday:

  • What courses, experiences or other background do you bring to the group that will help us develop an answer to the research question?

Welcome to ECON 482: Seminar in International Finance!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I imagine you’re not thinking about ECON 482 today, but I did want to welcome you to our seminar and give you a heads-up on what you should do before we meet.

I would like you to read Paul Krugman’s The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008.  It’s available at Amazon in paperback or kindle for about $12.  Here’s the link:

It’s a short book and a pretty easy read.  It will provide the jumping off point for our course.

Have a great break and I’ll be in touch in January!


Can men better interpret negative social information?

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I was reading an article today about how men are more tolerant of same-sex individuals than women because they have larger social groups and are essentially less picky about who they consider friends. In its final discussion, the authors wrote that “At the most primitive level, females may have lower thresholds than males for sensing negative visual, auditory, or olfactory information in unrelated same-sex individuals. Alternatively, there may be sex differences in thresholds for recognition of negative social signals, which would be consistent with females’ generally greater wariness toward conflict.” I thought this was odd because it seems just as likely that women are better able to sense negative social signals, and that this was why they formed more exclusive groups. But perhaps this is just the cynic in me…

Final Project

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The analysis of the 2008 financial crisis and economic recession produced by this seminar is available at .

Reminder: Revised Book Reviews are coming Due!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Please email me the revised version of your book review, incorporating the comments you received on the wiki, by Sunday night.  Thanks!

Assessment of Group Presentations

Monday, March 16th, 2009

For each group presentation other than the one you gave please write a one page assessment to answer the following questions:

1. What was the crisis?  How did it start?

2. What were the short term impacts (economic, political, social) of the crisis (i.e. while it was going on) in the countries where it originated?

3. What were the short term impacts in the rest of the world?

4. How did the crisis end?

5. What were the long term impacts in the countries of origin and in the rest of the world?

Reminder: Book ‘Reviews’ are due Feb 20!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Your Book Review is due next Friday!

The Review should provide a written summary and analysis of the book, including the following parts:

  • Who is the author? What is their expertise? Why are they credible on this topic?
  • What is the author’s argument?
  • Do you find it convincing?  Why or why not?
  • What does the author say about the global implications of the financial crisis, or what can we infer about the global implications from the author?

The Reviews will be published on the course website for everyone to see.