INST 217 Spring 2015 Economics of East Asia

Cross Listed as ECON217, ASST220
This course will provide students with an understanding of economic growth in East Asia and the region's current microeconomic policy issues. For the purpose of this course, we will focus on China, Japan, Korea, and a few Southeast Asian countries. Those interested in economic development and applied microeconomic policies characteristic of East Asia will find this course useful. We first examine the process of economic growth. Cross country comparisons will help draw similarities but also differences in the development processes. The second part of the course will focus on specific economic issues such as, privatization in China, education and inequality in South Korea, demographic challenges in Japan, health care in Indonesia, etc. The course will involve readings from various texts, policy reports, academic journals, and case studies. Throughout the course students will learn how to read empirical evidence presented in these articles.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, one midterm, individual short papers, a group project that involves a research proposal, presentation, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: ECON 110 and ECON 120
Enrollment Preference: Economics and Asian Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST East Asian Studies Electives,INST Economic Development Studies Electives,POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3432
INST 217 - 01 (S) LEC Economics of East Asia Division 2: Social Studies Cancelled 3432
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