ECON 217 Fall 2012 Economics of East Asia

Cross Listed as 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 several Southeast Asian countries. Those interested in economic development and applied microeconomics 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 country or topic specific current economic issues such as, privatization in China, education and inequality in South Korea, demographic challenges in Japan, black markets in North Korea, disaster aid in Indonesia, and real estate in Singapore. The course will involve readings from various texts, policy reports, and academic journals. Students will learn how to read and analyze empirical evidence presented in these articles.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, one midterm, research prospectus, class presentation, final exam
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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: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1418
ECON217-01(F) LEC Economics of East Asia Division 2: Social Studies Yong Suk Lee
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Chemistry 206 1418
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