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Course 2016-2017 a.y.


Department of Economics

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31 - 32

CLEAM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/02) - WBB (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/02) - BIEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/02)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.) - 32 (II sem.)
Class 31: FRANCO BRUNI, Class 32: OANA PEIA

Course Objectives

The course builds on the concepts of macroeconomics in an open economy to discuss the determinants of exchange rates and the consequences of exchange rate policies for output and prices in the short and in the long run. A brief history of the international monetary system also explains the establishment of the single European currency. Basic elements of European central banking are discussed and specific issues are dealt with more in depth, mainly relating to recent monetary developments including the global financial crisis.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary
  • The balance of payments and the foreign exchange market.
  • A simple theory of exchange rate determination, in the short and in the long run.
  • Fixed exchange rates and foreign exchange intervention.
  • Monetary and fiscal policies with different exchange rate regimes.
  • From Bretton Woods to the euro: theory and experience of optimal currency areas.
  • Monetary institutions and strategies in the euro area.
  • The international financial crisis: monetary policies and financial stability.
  • The coming future of the international monetary system: the dollar problem; the role of the euro; the emerging Countries and the importance of China’s money and finance.

Teaching methods

Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Written exam, with partial (50% of the grade). Both the partials exams are not availables for students who have not passed yet their exam for the previous year or years.

  • P. Krugman, M. Obstfeld, M. Melitz, International Economics, 2014, 10th edition.
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