By Profs. Christopher F Baum and Can Erbil
This four-week, four credit hour course will count as an upper-level elective toward the Economics major and minor requirements (for those who have already completed EC201 or EC202: a lower-level elective otherwise), as an elective for the CSOM Economics concentration, and as an approved elective for the International Studies major and minor. Completion of EC201-202 (Intermediate Theory) and EC228 (Econometric Methods) is useful but not essential. The course should be of interest to students in economics, management, international studies, political science, sociology and related disciplines.
Students receiving institutional financial aid are eligible to apply for McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grants to defray some of the costs of participation. Other financial support, such as that provided by the IIE Gilman International Scholarship Program, may also be available; check with OIP.
Students should arrange their travel to arrive in Berlin on Friday 23 May; housing will be available from that night. There will be an orientation and first class session on Monday 26 May. Classes in Berlin will end on Thursday 5 June. Students and faculty will travel to Istanbul on Friday 6 June, with classes on Monday 9 June-Friday 20 June. Housing will be provided through the night of Friday 20 June.
This program aims to analyze the broad range of economic policies implemented by the economic engine of Europe: Germany and by one of the rising stars of emerging market economies: Turkey.
Studying the differences, as well as similarities of policy responses to financial crises and understanding the distinct economic perspectives of both countries will be at the core of the program. Students will utilize the expertise of guest speakers and the lectures by Profs Baum and Erbil to evaluate different economic scenarios in their several short essays.
Historical and economic ties between Germany and Turkey will provide a natural flow to the program. The students will have the opportunity to contrast and compare the economies, cultures, people and two of the most beautiful metropolises of the world.
This unique experience will provide ample material to support the theory and material covered in class at Boston College. Access to prominent guest speakers, company and site visits, and numerous cultural activities will constitute an exclusive, rich, educational, fun and memorable three-week program.
The policy challenges facing European economies, and the methods used to study and address them, are the focus of this summer course on economic policy analysis in turbulent times. The course will involve a series of lectures on the major policy issues, with readings from the text Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Benassy-Quere et al., Oxford University Press, 2010) interspersed with
Guest lecturers will focus on their research areas of specialization and present a practical understanding of the issues. Emphasis will be placed on how policy analysis is carried out, including its expositional and methodological aspects, in order to provide clear and convincing findings to government, business, academe and the media.
To express interest in the course, please contact the Office of International Programs. Students are being accepted now via a rolling admissions procedure, with an application deadline in February 2014. The course size is limited; if you are interested, please apply early.
You may send Prof. Baum or Prof. Erbil an email message.