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ECON 4423-001 International Finance
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
Department of Economics
ECON4423: International Finance
Outline Spring 2007
Instructor:
Martin Boileau
Office:
Office Hours:
Economics 14a
Monday and Wednesday 15:30 to 16:45
Phone:
(303) 492-2108
E-mail:
[email protected]
Course Description
This course reviews selected topics from both international finance and open-economy macroeconomics. From international finance, we will discuss international financial markets and their
operations. From open-economy macroeconomics, we will discuss macroeconomic policies and
their implications. Obviously, most of our time will be devoted to further our understanding of
“exchange rates.”
Here are some stylized facts:
1. Real and nominal exchange rates are highly correlated.
2. Changes in both real and nominal exchange rates are persistent.
3. Forward exchange rates are poor and biased predictors of future spot exchange rates.
4. International differences in interest rates are large and persistent.
5. Portfolios are not internationally diversified.
6. The extent of international consumption risk-sharing is less than expected.
7. Savings and investment are highly correlated.
8. The trade balance and the current account are countercyclical.
9. Business cycles are correlated across countries.
Web Page
The course has a web page. The URL is
http://www.colorado.edu/Economics/courses/boileau/4423/econ4423.html
The page will be the main vehicle for disseminating information about the course.
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Evaluation
The assessment for this class consists of three assignments, two tests, and one final examination.
The tests and final are closed notes and closed books. No make-up tests will be given. The schedule
and grade distribution is
Week
Date
Time
Location
%
Assignment 1
5
12 February
10:00
Gugg 205
5
Term Test 1
6
23 February
10:00
Gugg 205
25
Assignment 2
10
21 March
10:00
Gugg 205
5
Term Test 2
13
9 April
10:00
Gugg 205
25
Assignment 3
16
4 May
10:00
Gugg 205
5
Final Exam
Finals
7 May
10:30–13:00
Gugg 205
35
Note: Students who may need academic accommodations should discuss options with the professor
no later than 26 January.
Required Text
Krugman, P. and M. Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy. New York: Addison
Wesley.
Advanced Texts
Frankel, J. and A. Razin (1996) Fiscal Policies and the World Economy, Cambridge: The MIT
Press.
Grossman, G. and E. Helpman (1991) Innovation and Growth in the Global Economy, Cambridge:
The MIT Press.
Grossman, G. and K. Rogoff (1995) Handbook of International Economics, vol. 3, Amsterdam:
North-Holland.
Jones R. and P. Kennen (1985) Handbook of International Economics, vol. 1 and 2, Amsterdam:
North-Holland.
Obstfeld, M. and K. Rogoff (1996) Foundations of International Macroeconomics, Cambridge: The
MIT Press.
van der Ploeg, F. (1994) The Handbook of International Macroeconomics, Oxford: Basil Blackwell
Ltd.
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Course Outline
1. Introduction
1.1 International Finance
1.2 Exchange rates
2. The Balance of Payments
2.1 National Income Accounting
2.2 The Balance of Payments
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 12.
3. The Foreign Exchange Market
3.1 The Foreign Exchange Market
3.2 Interest Rate Parity
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 13.
Devries, C. (1994) Stylized Facts of Nominal Exchange Rate Returns, in F. van der Ploeg (ed.)
The Handbook of International Macroeconomics, Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 506–534.
Mussa, M. (1979) Empirical Regularities in the Behavior of Exchange Rates and Theories of the
Foreign Exchange Market, Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy 11, 9–57.
Stockman, A. (1988) On the Role of International Financial Markets and their Relevance for
Economic Policy, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 20, 205–226.
4. The Money Market
4.1 The Demand for Money
4.2 The Money Market
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 14.
Dornbusch, R. (1976) Expectations and Exchange Rate Dynamics, Journal of Political Economy
84, 1161–1176.
Obstfeld and Rogoff (1995) Exchange Rate Dynamics Redux, Journal of Political Economy 103,
624–660.
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5. The Exchange Rate in the Long Run
5.1 Purchasing Power Parity
5.2 The Real Exchange Rate
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 15.
Devereux, M. (1997) Real Exchange Rates and Macroeconomics: Evidence and Theory, Canadian
Journal of Economics 30, 773–808.
Froot, K. and K. Rogoff (1995) Perspectives on PPP and Long Run Exchange Rates, in G.
Grossman and K. Rogoff, eds., Handbook of International Economics 3, Amsterdam: NorthHolland.
Rogoff, K. (1996) The Purchasing Power Parity Puzzle, Journal of Economic Literature 34, 647–
688.
6. The Exchange Rate in the Short Run
6.1 The Aggregate Output Market
6.2 Macroeconomic Policy
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 16.
Backus, D. and P. Kehoe (1992) International Evidence on the Historical Properties of Business
Cycles, American Economic Review 82, 864–888.
Dornbusch, R. and P. Krugman (1976) Flexible Exchange Rates in the Short Run, Brookings
Papers on Economic Activity 3, 537–575.
Obstfeld and Rogoff (1995) Exchange Rate Dynamics Redux, Journal of Political Economy 103,
624–660.
7. Exchange Rate Regimes
7.1 Fixed Exchange Rates
7.2 Balance of Payments Crisis
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 17.
Baxter, M. and A. Stockman (1989) Business Cycles and the Exchange Rate Regime: Some International Evidence, Journal of Monetary Economics 23, 377–400.
Kaminsky, G. and C. Reinhart (1999) The Twin Crises: The Causes of Banking and Balance-ofPayments Problems, American Economic Review 89, 473–500.
Obstfeld, M. and K. Rogoff (1995) The Mirage of Fixed Exchange Rates, Journal of Economic
Perspectives 9, 73–96.
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8. The International Monetary System
8.1 The Gold Standard
8.2 The Bretton Woods System
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 18.
9. Macroeconomic Policy and Coordination
9.1 The Case for and Against Floating Exchange Rates
9.2 Macroeconomic Policy Coordination
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 19.
Feldstein, M. (1988) Distinguished Lecture on Economics in Government: Thinking about International Economic Coordination, Journal of Economic Perspectives 2, 3–13.
Rogoff, K. (1985) Can International Monetary Policy Coordination Be Counterproductive? Journal
of International Economics 18, 199–217.
10. Optimum Currency Areas
10.1 The Theory of Optimum Currency Areas
10.2 The European Monetary Union
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 20.
Bean, C. (1992) Economic and Monetary Union in Europe, Journal of Economic Perspectives 6,
31–52.
Levin, J.H. (2000), A Guide to the Euro, Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
11. The International Capital Market
11.1 Risk Sharing and Diversification
11.2 International Banking
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 21.
Devries, C. (1994) Stylized Facts of Nominal Exchange Rate Returns, in F. van der Ploeg (ed.)
The Handbook of International Macroeconomics, Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 506–534.
Feldstein, M. and C. Horioka (1980) Domestic Saving and International Capital Flows, Economic
Journal 90, 314–329.
Froot, K. and R. Thaler (1990) Anomalies: Foreign Exchange, The Journal of Economic Perspectives 4, 179-192.
Lewis, K. (1995) Puzzles in International Financial Markets, in G. Grossman and K. Rogoff (eds.)
Handbook of International Economics, vol. 3, Amsterdam: North-Holland.
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12. Developing Countries
12.1 Wealth and Growth
12.2 Income Distribution
Krugman and Obstfeld: Chapter 22.
Barro, R. (1991) Economic Growth in a Cross-Section of Countries, Quarterly Journal of Economics
106, 101-121.
Kaminsky, G. and C. Reinhart (1999) The Twin Crises: The Causes of Banking and Balance-ofPayments Problems, American Economic Review 89, 473–500.
Lucas, R. (1990) Why Doesn’t Capital Flow from Rich Countries to Poor Countries, American
Economic Review 80, 92–96.
Sachs, J. (1989) Developing Country Debt and the World Economy, Chicago: University of Chicago
Press.
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