PA 854: Macroeconomic Policy and International Financial Regulation
This site provides resources for students in PA 854
at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison for Spring 2008 Semester
Source: Martin Wolf, "Life in a tough world of high commodity prices," FT, March 4, 2008.
Important Dates |
Downloadable Course Materials and Information Sources |
Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs |
LECTURE: MW 11-12:15 4308 Social Sciences
Professor Menzie Chinn
M 1:30-3 in Social Sciences Bldg, Rm. 7418, Tel: 262-7397
W 1:30-3 in 1225 Observatory Drive Associate Director’s Office, Tel: 263-1802
PA854 Syllabus in PDF file.
This course surveys international macroeconomics, with special reference to international monetary policy and international financial market architecture. Topics include the structure of international financial markets; the role of central banks; exchange-rate systems; the determination of balance of payments and exchange rates; macroeconomics of open economies; policy analysis for open economies; policy coordination; the International Monetary Fund; and financial crises.
The aim of this course is to provide an analytical background for those who plan to go into government service, international organizations and agencies, businesses involved in the global economy, nongovernmental organizations with international foci, and consulting firms analyzing international policy issues.
The textbook is Caves, Frankel and Jones, World Trade and Payments 10th Edition, available at the University Bookstore.
Additional assigned readings will be available on the Web (via links on this website).
- Makeup class: Thursday, 2/28, 3:45-5 in Social Sciences 6116.
- Midterm 1: Monday, 3/3.
- Midterm 2: Wednesday, 4/23.
- Term paper due Friday, 5/9 (if hard copy submission); Sunday, 5/11, noon (if electronic submission).
Downloadable Course Materials
- IMF, World Economic Outlook, October 2007, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. database.
- G. Galati and A. Heath, 2007, "What drives the growth in FX activity? Interpreting the 2007 triennial survey," Quarterly Review (Basle: BIS, December).
- M. Chinn, 2004, “Incomes, Exchange rates and the U.S. trade deficit, once again,” International Finance 7(3): 451-469.
- White House Council of Economic Advisers, The Economic Report of the President, 2008, Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 (Chapter 2 is credit & housing markets).
- M. Pakko and P. Pollard, 2003, “Burgernomics: a big Mac guide to purchasing power parity,” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review 85(6): 9-28.
- T. Dalsgaard, C. André and P. Richardson, 2001, “Standard shocks in the OECD Interlink model,” Economics Department Working Paper No. 306 (Paris: OECD, September).
- M. Chinn, 2006, "The Rehabilitation of Interest Rate Parity in the Floating Rate Era: Longer Horizons, Alternative Expectations, and Emerging Markets," JIMF 25.
- M. Hutchison, 2003, “Is official foreign exchange intervention effective,” FRBSF Economic Letter 2003-20 (July 18).
- J. Frankel, 2003, “Experience of and lessons from exchange rate regimes in emerging economies,” mimeo (Cambridge: Harvard University, September).
- J. Frankel and N. Roubini, 2001, The Role of Industrial Country Policies in Emerging Market Crises,” NBER Working Paper No. 8634 (December).
News Reports and Additional Optional Readings
- IMF, World Economic Outlook (April 2008).
- IMF, Global Financial Stability Report (April 2008).
- Reuters' "Recession Watch"
- Financial Times "Recession Watch"
- James D. Hamilton, "An economic slowdown? Just how badly is the United States really doing?"
San Diego Union-Tribune March 2, 2008.
- Guha and Scholtes, "Fed takes leap towards the unthinkable," Financial Times March 11, 2008.
- Krugman, "Sterilized intervention, big time"
- Chinn, "Tabulating the Credit Crunch's Effects: One Educated Guess"
Economics and Economic Policy Links
U.S. Government Agencies
Current and Historical Data
- Note: IMF, International Financial Statistics, and World Bank, World Development Indicators, available from DISC.
- St. Louis Fed economic database Thousands
of time series on economic activity, in an easily downloadable form.
- Economic Indicators Many Department of Commerce economic series, all in one place.
- White House Economic Briefing Room Contains
current economic data.
- Economic Indicators Publication of CEA and Congressional Joint Economic Committee contains
recent economic data.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis, Dept. of Commerce Data on GDP and components (the national income and product accounts) as well as other macroeconomic data.
- Bureau of the Census, Dept. of Commerce Data on the characteristics
of the US population as well as of US firms.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dept. of Labor Data on
wages, prices, productivity, and employment and unemployment rates.
- Energy Information Agency, Dept. of Energy Data on
on energy (electricity, gas, petroleum) production, consumption and prices.
- Statistical Abstract of the US
A compilation of statistics about the US, from government and nongovernment sources.
- UN Public Administration Network databases Links to many
- IMF World Economic Outlook
- Bank for International
settlements Effective Exchange Rate Indices.
- Economic Report of the President, various years. The back portion of
this annual publication contains about 70 tables of government economic data.
- NBER Data Specialized economic databases created by
economists associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
- NBER listing of economic releases Compendium of links to economic releases, and archived releases.
- Pacific Exchange Rate Service.
- Federal Reserve Board data Monetary, financial and output data
collected by the Nation's central bank.
- Penn World Tables Annual GDP and other data for over a hundred countries, expressed
in dollars, after adjusting for differing price levels.
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