Theory and Evidence from
Recent Financial Crises
Phone: (212) 998-0886
to international macroeconomics and review and analysis of current
international macroeconomic and financial issues, policies and events,
including: outlook for the global economy in developed markets and emerging
markets; growth, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and asset prices in
the global economy; causes and consequences of trade deficits and external
imbalances; emerging market economies financial crises; causes of currency,
banking and financial crises in emerging market economies and advanced
economies (the global financial crisis of 2008-09); short- and long-term effects of
monetary and fiscal policies including unconventional monetary policies; the
drive to reform the international financial architecture; emerging markets and
advanced economies public and external debt and attempts to restructure it (the"bail-in" versus "bail-out" debate);
the globalization of financial markets; and the rise of economic populism and
protectionism. These topics are integrated into a theoretical framework that
stresses international factors from the start. Examples from the US,
Europe, Japan, China and other emerging market economies are used to enhance
knowledge of the world economy.
We will make intensive use of the WEB and Internet resources as a learning tool in the course.
On-line lectures notes: Nouriel Roubini and David Backus MBA Lectures in Macroeconomics, New York University, 2000.
Paul Krugman, Maurice Obstfeld and Marc Melitz "International Economics", Pearson, 10th Edition, 2014.
Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm "Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance", Penguin, paperback edition, 2011.
The Krugman-Obstfeld-Melitz textbook and my "Crisis Economics" book will be available in the bookstore.
The Roubini and Backus "MBA Lectures in Macroeconomics" are available on-line at the course home page.
Let me also recommend very strongly The Economist, the best single source of international business news and commentary; and the on-line WEB version of the Financial Times, parts of which are available for free to registered users.
Grades will be based on four assignments and two examinations according to the formula:
Class participation and active participation in the class blog will be rewarded as part of the 30% of the grade that goes to the assignments.
There are three assignments that alternate between practice problems and projects. All assignments should be done as part of a group. A printed version of the assignments, together with all relevant materials to complete them, will be provided in class.
My office hours are Wednesdays 4.30 to 5.30pm or by appointment. I can also be reached through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be a Teaching Fellow for the course, who you will find very helpful. The info on the TF will be announced soon.
October 18: First assignment due in class
November 15: Second assignment due in class
November 29: Mid-term exam in class
December 13: Third assignment due in class
December 20: Final Examination in class
Although sections may vary somewhat, the Economics Department suggests a grade distribution of
C & below
This distribution is intended to make standards comparable across sections, as required by the school.
Course Web Site
The web site for the course is http://people.stern.nyu.edu/nroubini/MACRO5.HTM (case sensitive)