From Machine Learning to Ethnography: Puzzles and Approaches to International Development

This is an introductory course in applied social science that examines policy issues in developing countries, with a focus on applied research and statistical methods. The objectives of the course are threefold: 1) to introduce students to a range of topics and puzzles in international development; 2) to introduce the broad range of research methods that social scientists use to rigorously study development; and 3) to apply those tools to topics and data that you care about. Instructor: Staff

Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic History

This course traces economic factors leading to the downfall of the Russian Empire and the rise of the USSR, followed by an assessment of the collapse of the USSR. Particular attention is devoted to the NEP period, earlier Soviet economic models, the famine of the 1930s, the impact of WWII, industrialization and urbanization, Soviet planning, and declining productivity growth and life expectancy in the in the 1970s and 1980s. The course then explores the economic consequences of the USSR's collapse as well as the nature of recovery in various countries that followed.

Development Economics: Theory, Evidence and Policy

This course studies the past, present and future of economic development. We begin by briefly learning about patterns of economic development through time and across countries. We then study a selection of specific development policy challenges chosen from conflict, education, health, governance, infrastructure, international aid, labor markets, and trade. We emphasize learning the tools that economists use to study economic development: statistical analysis of large datasets, economic models, and historical case studies. Prerequisite: Economics 205D, 208D, and 210D.

Shakespeare and Markets

In this course, we will discuss how lessons from Shakespeare's plays can provide insight into human behavior in today's financial markets as well as other marketplaces, such as ones for ideas, politics, policy and technology. Plays will include The Tempest, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and others. We will draw lessons about policy errors, cultural and political dislocation, regime changes, demographic conflicts etc. in current financial, political and macroeconomic environments. We will also talk about human biases in decision-making, and how these transcend cultural and historic

International Finance

Analysis of the determinants of international capital movements, trade imbalances, and nominal and real exchange rates. Policy debates such as the foreign indebtedness of the United States, emerging market debt crises, exchange-rate-based inflation stabilization, and balance-of-payment crises. Pre-requisites: ECON372 or 205D and 210D. One course.

Emerging Markets: Finance, Trade, Institutions and the World Economy

Analyzes rise of emerging markets/economies and their new role in the context of global economy. Focus on post-1970s growth of countries such as China, India, South Korea, Chile, Mexico, and Brazil (and/or other countries according to students' interests) with particular emphasis on financial, industrial/trading and institutional aspects, linking such rise to the emergence of vast global economic imbalances and new trend in capital and trade flows of the last decade.

International Trade

Topics include United States trade policies and protectionism, the North American Free Trade area, trade and economic relations with industrialized countries, policies toward developing countries and multilateral institutions, macroeconomic policy coordination, and relations with Europe. Director of Undergraduate Studies consent required. Offered through Duke in New York Program. Pre-requisites: ECON201D. One course.