Executive Education Courses: Global Macroeconomic Challenges

  • Executive
  • Department of Economics
  • Application code EEC-EC1J
  • Starting 2018

An insightful and up-to-date LSE short course that addresses the challenges presented by current economic events and the evolution of global financial markets.

Starting in January 2018, weekly evening course running for 10 weeks.

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This executive course will guide you in examining the key events and current policy debates that are shaping the world economy. It is designed to provide you with the analytical tools required to understand the logic and implications of policy choices.

This course will offer a mix of lectures, student-led discussions involving LSE faculty and high profile external speakers.

Who is it for?
This innovative and intellectually challenging course is suitable for:

  • Practitioners in financial markets
  • Economic analysts
  • Portfolio managers interested in global macroeconomic issues
  • Policymakers
  • Financial strategists

How is the course delivered?
Our courses are designed to engage and challenge you, through:

  • Coaching and tuition
    Our world-class faculty deliver case study and theory materials with methods for practical application
  • Highly interactive
    Group work allows for discussion, debate and knowledge exchange
  • Global networking and social programme
    Build your international connections

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Programme details

Key facts

Dates: 15 January - 19 March, Monday evenings 6-9pm

Course format: Intensive weekly classes for 10 weeks

Location: New Academic Building, LSE London campus

Entry requirements

Executive Education Courses are taught to the School's high standard and are therefore academically rigorous. Participants are expected to be fluent in English, with a good first degree in a relevant subject. 

As an executive programme, experience in the workplace is a key requirement. Most of our participants have more than 10 years' experience but we will consider fast-track candidates with a minimum of two years' professional experience. Additionally, some courses have specific prerequisites which are listed in the course description. 

Requirements in brief

  • Fluency in English
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Professional experience (see above)
  • Demonstration of meeting course prerequisites where applicable (see below)

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Course prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of Macroeconomics

Programme structure

This executive course will investigate the following key topics:

  • Imbalances: a global and a European perspective
  • China and its Macroeconomic Implications on the Global Economy
  • Issues in a Monetary Union: the Euro area case
  • The Perils of International Financial Integration
  • Policy issues: Zero Lower bound and Policy options (Balance Sheet policies and forward guidance);
  • The Macroeconomics of Brexit.

Course outcomes

  • Gain a grasp on the up-to-date economic theories that interpret current events
  • Discover whether global imbalances are sustainable and what the implications are for the US dollar and foreign exchange markets
  • Debate and understand the origin and the implication of imbalances within the Euro area
  • Build your awareness of the perils of international financial integration and understand the potential risks ahead for emerging marketing economies
  • Realise how the recent financial crisis has affected the conduct of monetary policy
  • Achieve an understanding of the economic linkages among current macroeconomic events
  • Increase the depth of your knowledge around the question of whether large deficits lead to sovereign defaults
  • Understand what determines the risk of sovereign debt and the perceived likelihood of default
  • Discuss and develop insight in to how monetary policy should be conducted when interest rates have reached the zero lower bound
  • Gain a greater understanding of China’s role in the global economy, and the impact of Chinese policies on the rest of the world
  • Take away learning’s from in-depth debate on whether China’s exchange rate policy is prone to bubble-creation, and if the country’s current experience holds similarities with the Japanese experience.

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Faculty and guest speakers

The course will be taught by:

  • Gianluca Benigno: Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.
  • Paul De Grauwe: John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy at the European Institute at the London School of Economics.
  • Ricardo Reis: A. W. Phillips Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.

*High-level policy-makers and sector experts announced as guest lecturers for the January course* 

  • Lorenzo Codogno;  visiting Professor at the LSE following nine years as the chief economist and director general at the Treasury Dept. of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Linda Yueh; a well-known economist, broadcaster and author who holds numerous senior academic appointments at world-class universities around the world, including the LSE.


Tuition Fee: £5,795

The fee for this executive course includes: all LSE tuition, course materials and full office support. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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