Global Macroeconomic Challenges

  • Executive
  • Department of Economics
  • Application code EE940
  • 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.

Weekly evening classes running January - March 2018 

5 day intensive programme running 4 - 8 June 2018

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.

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

This executive course is suitable for:

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

Tuition Fee: £5,795

10 week evening course: fee includes all LSE tuition, course materials and food. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the ten weeks.

5 day intensive course: fee includes all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, and networking events. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the five days.

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Programme details

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. 

Requirements in brief

  • Fluency in English
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Professional experience (see above)

Course pre-requisites
Basic knowledge of Macroeconomics

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Programme structure

Current economic events and policy choices along with the evolution of global financial markets present new challenges for investment and strategic decisions. The objective of this course is to examine the relevant policy debates and to provide the analytical tools to understand the logic and the implications of these policy choices.

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

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:

  • Dr Gianluca Benigno
  • Professor Paul De Grauwe
  • Ricardo Reis

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