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297E - Business and Economy in Emerging Markets

Click To Edit ImageFaculty: Edwards, S.
The purpose of this course is to analyze the most salient features of the Emerging Economies. Some of the most important issues that will be covered include:

  • The EM prospects for economic growth.
  • How to deal with EM’s volatility.
  • Exchange rates and currency crises.
  • Inequality and political instability.
  • Inflation and interest rate policy.
  • Fiscal dynamics and debt sustainability.
  • Pension reform and institutional investment opportunities.

406 - Global Economy

Faculty: Darby, M. or Edwards, S.

The purpose of this course this course is to provide the analytical framework required for understanding the way changing macroeconomic conditions in the world economy affect the environment faced by modern decision makers and business leaders. Issues related to economic growth, inflation, interest rates behavior, exchange rates determination, global competitiveness, unemployment and the trade account will be explored. At the end of the course it is expected that students will be able to critically asses how possible developments in the world economy -- such as the change in the monetary policy stance by the European Central Bank or the Federal Reserve, for example -- will affect the business environment relevant to their specific industry.
This course has two important characteristics: First, its emphasis is decisively and unmistakably international. The vast majority of examples and case studies will deal with the international economy. The approach taken here recognizes, from the very beginning, that teaching macroeconomics from a closed economy perspective does not make any sense. Second, this course is eminently practical; concepts and models will only be discussed to the extent that they have direct bearing in the understanding of real life situations. An important consequence of this practical perspective is that students will be required to undertake a number of empirical projects throughout the course.
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Management 405: Managerial Economics

Faculty: Edwards, S.

The purpose of Managerial Economics is to apply a series of basic economics principles to the decision making process within the firm. Issues related to optimal pricing strategies, demand forecasting, optimal financing, appropriate hiring decisions, and investment decisions, among others, can be successfully tackled with managerial economics tools. Increasingly the problems faced by decision makers have an international or global dimension. This has forced analysts, consultants and academics to rapidly incorporate a global perspective to their managerial economics box of tools. The basic objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the approach, language and techniques of managerial economics. At a more specific level, this course has three objectives:
  • Develop specific tools – quantitative as well as broadly analytical – that are useful for tackling basic managerial economics problems.
  • Instill a unique “point of view” on each and every one of the students. This point of view – the “economic point of view” – is extremely powerful and has proven to be a useful analytical perspective in many circumstances, including business decision making at the highest level.
  • Discuss the functioning of the economy from an analytical point of view. Throughout the class an effort will be made to use as many examples as possible related to the international economy.

MGMT287 Topics in Development Economics

Program Description
A program that focuses on the systematic study of the economic development process and its application to the problems of specific countries and regions. Includes instruction in economic development theory, industrialization, land reform, infrastructural development, investment policy, the role of governments and business in development, international development organizations, and the study of social, health, and environmental influences on economic development. Get more details and student breakdown below, including other California schools that offer a development economics and international development degree.