Course Name

Applied Macro- and International Economics II


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Bitcoin accepted here neon sign.

Bitcoin became the first digital currency in 2009 and is the leading decentralized cryptocurrency in the market. (Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on Flickr. License: CC BY.)


Prof. Roberto Rigobon

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As Taught In

Spring 2016



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Course Features

Course Description

This course seeks to establish understanding of the development processes of societies and economies by studying several dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social, political, institutional, economy, organizational, relational, and personal) and the balance among them. It explores the basics of governmental intervention, focusing on areas such as the judicial system, environment, social security, and health, and builds skills to determine what type of policy is most appropriate. We also consider implications of new technologies on the financial sector: Internationalization of currencies, mobile payment systems, and cryptocurrencies, and discuss the institutional framework to ensure choices are sustainable across all dimensions and applications.