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Boston College International Economic Policy and Political Economy Seminar

This interdisciplinary seminar series focuses on topics of relevance for current economic policymaking, including analysis of political and strategic dimensions. The series features speakers from the academic world with experience in policymaking and/or a record of policy-relevant research as well as speakers from policy institutions. The seminars will focus on the substantive insights that the speakers will offer on present-day policy questions rather than technique. The target audience includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in economics, political science, international studies, finance, and history.

This seminar is available to undergraduate students as the one-credit, pass/fail course EC295.01 (Prerequisites: EC131 and EC132). This course does not count as an economics elective.

Seminar Archive

Fall 2010 | Spring 2011 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2012

Spring 2013 Schedule

Organizer: Fabio Ghironi

Papers will generally be available from this page as .pdf files. Click on the paper title to download the paper.

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All seminars are held on Mondays, 4:00-5:30 P.M., Stokes Hall, 195S (unless otherwise noted).




January 28

Athanasios Orphanides, MIT

"Politics, Economics, and the Euro Area Crisis"
[Watch this seminar]


February 7 (Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm, Devlin Hall 101)

Rony Hamaui, Mediofactoring (Intesa Sanpaolo)

"Desperate for Democracy"
[Watch this seminar]


February 18

Carlo Cottarelli, International Monetary Fund

"Mountains of Debt: The Cliffs, Slopes and Uncharted Territories of Today's Public Finances in Advanced Economies"
[Watch this seminar]
[View the slides]


February 25

Raymond Duch, University of Oxford

"Insights into Responsibility Attribution for Macroeconomic Outcomes"
[Watch this seminar]


March 11

Sergio Schmukler, World Bank

"Challenges in Financial Development and International Financial Integration"
[Watch this seminar]
[View the slides]


March 18

David Cutler, Harvard University

"The Coming Revolution in Health Care"
[Watch this seminar]


March 25

Alberto Alesina, Harvard University

"Fiscal Policy after the Great Recession"
[Watch this seminar]


April 8

Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University

"Social Solidarity after the Crisis of Finance Capitalism"
[Watch this seminar]


April 22

Joseph Felter, Stanford University

"Aid Under Fire: Economic Assistance and Counterinsurgency"
[Watch this seminar]


This seminar series is funded by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, whose support is gratefully acknowleged.

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