ECON 535
International Financial Institutions Spring 2018 Division II;
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This tutorial will explore the role of official international financial institutions in the global economic and financial system, their relations with members, proposals for how they might be reformed, and issues that they face. The focus will be principally on the International Monetary Fund, and to a lesser extent the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements and Financial Stability Board. Topics and readings will focus on such issues as: the roles and governance reform of the IMF and World Bank; lessons from their performance in international crises; initiatives of the Fund and Bank; the global adjustment process; financial system stability; governance reform; lending programs; the management of international reserves; and provision of advice to members. Participants will meet in pairs with the faculty member. Each week, one student will prepare a policy paper and submit the paper to the professor and to the other student in advance of the meeting. During the meeting, the student who has written the paper will present an argument, evidence, and conclusions. The other student will provide a critique of the paper based on concepts and evidence from the readings and his own research and experience. The professor will participate in the discussion after each participant has presented and ask questions that highlight or illustrate critical points.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3183
Requirements/Evaluation: each participant will write and present 5 or 6 policy papers and a like number of critiques
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: intended for CDE Fellows; undergraduate enrollment limited, and only with permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: GBST Economic Development Studies Electives; POEC International Political Economy Courses

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