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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 608 - Asian Economic Development
The main objective of this course is to provide students with  an understanding of the leading economic development issues that emerge from a comparative analysis of the Asian economies. The emphasis is on those issues related to the diverse economic growth and development experiences of the countries of the region. The Asian region offers a virtual smorgasbord of different growth and development experiences. The course compares and contrasts these records with a view to explaining the differences and drawing some general lessons. Some of the key topics covered include: the miracle vs. myth controversy surrounding the economic performance of the East Asian tigers; East Asia’s financial crisis, recovery, efforts to restructure and reduce vulnerability to external shocks, and quest to raise and sustain growth in the future; whether the Philippines will remain Asia’s stray cat or become its next tiger? China’s reform, economic assent and integration within the world economy; the transition from plan to market for the transition economies of Asia (TEAs)—mainly China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia and maybe Myanmar; the unfolding drama in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the sustainability of India’s recent economic growth; Japan’s stagnation, jagged economic recovery and future challenges; regional economic cooperation; and, more generally, the region’s competitiveness and future in the global economy. In addition, the course covers the performance of global capital markets in Asia, and the issues associated with the activities of the world’s multilateral trade, finance, and development institutions, including the WTO, IMF, World Bank and Asian Development Bank, within the Asian region. PREREQUISITES: Introductory (Principles of) Micro- and Macro-economics taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level or the equivalent. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Policy Management
      Public Policy

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