Global Macroeconomic Challenges

  • Executive
  • Department of Economics
  • Application code EE940
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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

5 day intensive programme running 8 - 12 June 2020

This executive course will guide you through an examination of 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 and 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: £6,295

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

All LSE executive education participants are required to have:

  • Fluency in English.
  • A good undergraduate degree or significant work experience in a relevant role(s).
  • Minimum two years’ professional experience. Typically our participants have more than ten years’ work experience.

Course pre-requisites
Basic knowledge of Macroeconomics

Programme structure

What are the implications of current economic events and policy choices for investment and strategic decisions? This course will provide participants with state-of-the-art analytical tools to be able to assess relevant policy debates and the implications of policy choices.

This course will offer a mix of lectures and student-led discussions involving LSE faculty and high profile external speakers. A key feature of this course is the focus on current events.

This executive course will investigate the following key topics:

  • External imbalances: how to detect vulnerabilities in Emerging Market Economies
  • Structure of the European Monetary Union and its fragility: what's next?
  • What have we learned on fiscal policy during the crisis?
  • Fiscal rules in the EU
  • Macroeconomic imbalances in the EU
  • A case study: Italy
  • China’s economic growth and its prospects for future years, and its impact on the world economy.
  • The EU fiscal framework and its evolution.
  • Are advanced economies trapped in world of low growth and low interest rates?

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Course outcomes

  • Gain a grasp on the up-to-date economic theories that interpret current events
  • Develop a road map on how to access external sustainability for emerging markets economies
  • Debate and understand the origins and the implications of imbalances within the Euro area
  • Develop an understanding of the monetary policy framework under which major Central Banks operate
  • 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
  • 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 learnings 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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