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Empirical International Finance
EC877.01
Spring 2013

Prerequisites: EC751, EC771

The course covers selected topics of current research in international finance, designed for Ph.D. students in their second year or later. The focus is on empirical work, and on tools for conducting research in this field. Topics include: nominal and real exchange rate dynamics, foreign-exchange market efficiency, the microstructure of foreign exchange markets, international finance and trade, as well as international portfolio choice and financial integration. Please refer to the Syllabus for more details.

Time and Location
Monday and Wednesday 12:00noon-1:30pm, Maloney 480P
First class: Monday, January 14th, 12:00noon


Lecture notes, problem sets with answer keys, and sample Matlab programs are available on Blackboard Vista. It also provides daily foreign exchange rates, both spot and selected futures rates, which you can use for the quantitative part of the problem sets. If you are looking for a recent and interesting paper for your in-class discussion, you will find a list of suggestions there as well.

In order to benefit most of this course, I recommend you to familiarize yourself with Matlab, or another programming language of your choice, as early as possible. Matlab tutorials and workshops are offered by BC's Research Services.


You can combine International Finance EC877 with either International Trade (EC871) or Topics in International Macro (EC874) to satisfy the comp requirement in the international area. Please refer to the Information for Doctoral Students for details.

International Economics: combining EC871 and either EC874 or EC877
International Finance and Macroeconomics: combining EC874 and EC877


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