Friday, April 18, 2008

Easter Break Reading

Please do read the pages/chapters I assigned from Prof. Dasgupta's Very Short Introduction to Economics book. I can assure you that you will enjoy it.

If you're going to do it, don't wait until the last few days of the break. I prefer that you hand in nothing than copying someone else's work or cramming the last minute.

Have a great Easter Break! Καλό Πάσχα, καλά μου παιδιά!

IMF articles to check out

These articles appear on the IMF Survey Magazine.

IMF Outlines Three Lines of Defense for Global Economy

Food Price Rises Threaten Efforts to Cut Poverty

Rising Inflation Complicating Response To World Slowdown

Check them out. Useful links to what we are doing in class can be found. Some of the points discussed may prove helpful in commentary #2.

Plz, do not ignore. At least download and print!

Paul Krugman at Google

OK, it's 70 minutes but its worth watching. Download it and watch it in installments if you suffer from ADS. It's a nice, simple exposition of what went wrong in the US financial markets (the 'subprime' crisis) and the US economy. Explains what the Bird & Fortune clip is about in simple terms. Krugman is the author of the textbook we are using, a John Bates Clark award winner, a possible future Nobel prize (IMHO), a NY Times regular contributor and he has pushed the frontiers of international economics further with his contributions.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Rokia Traore

For another version of M'bifo go here. This was on TED and was what I originally wanted to post for you guys but I couldn't get it to work.

Mesmerizing, don't you think?

Must articles for my Higher Level Economics students

Please download Brad DeLong's The Keynesian Cure article as well as Eswar Prasad's article on China’s Incredible Shrinking Economy.

Save them, print them and study them. I am tempted to include questions on articles / papers we discuss or that I ask you to read in the final.