Description of modules

(in alphabetical order)
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 macroeconomics. The module provides a rigorous introduction to the determination of aggregate output, employment, the price level and income. It includes effects of inflation, causes of business cycles determination of economic growth, impacts of monetary policy and effects of government taxation, spending and the national debt. Special attention is given to empirical importance of the different growth theories.

Advanced microeconomicsMicroeconomics is the study of efficient allocation of scarce resources by consumers and firms. The purpose of this course is to investigate this decision making process of consumers and firms. As such, we shall be covering three broad topics - consumer theory, producer theory and market structure.

Bank risk management and stress-testing. The module builds on Macro-economy and financial stability and considers all aspects of risk management, including: credit risk, market risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk. The module introduces the fundamentals of microeconomic and macroeconomic stress-testing and presents important statistical and econometric techniques that can be used for stress-testing and measuring risks.

Brokerage and portfolio managementThis module covers basic techniques of valuation and management of securities in a portfolio context. For valuation of stocks, models such as discounted cash flow models, P/E multiples, and alternative-pricing models will be covered. Concepts of risk and return are analysed in the context of formal pricing models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory.

Data analysis. The module builds on Econometric analysis and introduces students to the models including binary dependent variable (logit, probit and tobit models). To deepen students understanding, the whole course is based on the lab, where students perform supervised practical analyses of binary outcomes regressions. E-views is used.

Econometric analysisThe module builds on Research methodologycontinuing the stuff in the area of quantitative techniques. After developing the theoretical constructs of classical least squares, common problems encountered when applying this approach: serial correlation, hetero-skedasticity, and multi-collinearity, are discussed. Techniques for dealing with these problems are then examined. E-views is used.

Economic transition in South-East Europe. The module gives a critical overview of the different phases of economic transition in South-East Europe. It is fully case-based. The module is based on a review of 10-12 prominent articles, which are then put forward by asking the student to prepare a paper on a relevant topic.

Economics of BRIC countries. This case-based module reviews the economic structure and policies of Brazil, Russia, India and China as the fastest growing emerging economies. The module is based on a review of 10-12 prominent articles, which are then put forward by asking the student to prepare a paper on a relevant topic.

Financial engineering in banks (applications). The module enhances examples for understanding about how financial markets can be used to share and mitigate risks by constructing and valuing new instruments, paying particular attention to forwards, swaps, futures and options.  The module is based on a review of 10-12 prominent articles, which are then put forward by asking the student to prepare a paper on a relevant topic. 

Financial products and pricing. The module reviews the variety of financial products available to economic agents for their financial decision-making. In particular, the module starts with the more classis banking products, both on the asset and liability side, and then extends this discussion to the products immanent for the capital and foreign exchange markets. Special consideration is given to the quantitative aspects of pricing of those products. Excel is used.

Growth policies in emerging economies. This is a module which is fully case based. Several cases of the growth policies undertaken in emerging economies are considered, with special focus on small and open economies. The module is based on a review of 10-12 prominent articles, which are then put forward by asking the student to prepare a paper on a relevant topic.

Labour market and active policiesThe course is aimed at presenting main theoretical concepts and areas in labour economics, combined with examination of empirical work and policy implications. We would cover basic concepts such as labour supply and demand, equilibrium wage differentials, distribution of income, discrimination in the labour market, bargaining between workers and employers and labour contracts, and unemployment. Special consideration is then given to the active labour market policies.

Macroeconomic management of open economy. The module builds on Advanced macroeconomicsby elevating the issues at the international level. The focal point of the course is exchange rates, balance of payments and the sustainability of the current account deficit. The course prepares the student for taking part in professional discussions about the design of monetary and fiscal policy in an open-economy context.

Macroeconomic modelling and forecastingThe module builds on Econometric analysis and starts by univariate time-series analysis, including unit root tests and AR representations. Then, the focus is on the multivariate analysis of macroeconomic time series. The main tool of the course is the Vector Auto-regression (VAR), which is used for forecasting. Finally, the concept of cointegration will be introduced with real-life applications.

Macro-economy and financial stability. The module builds on Advanced macroeconomics and Monetary policy and analysis and explains the linkages between the stability of the financial system and the conditions of the macro-economy. It offers a highly informed account of contemporary policy issues: financial crises, the role of bank capital, regulatory and supervisory regimes, crisis management and the role of the central bank as a lender of last resort.

Monetary policy and analysis. The module provides a comprehensive treatment of the most important topics in monetary economics: targets, institutions, strategies, and instruments. It combines a theoretical with a policy-oriented approach to train the students for investigation of important monetary policy issues by relying on different econometric techniques and software packages.

Panel econometrics. The module builds on Econometric analysis and Macroeconomic modelling and forecastingputting the issues in panel context. The module deals with the issues and opportunities which arise with panel data and the main econometric techniques for the analysis of them, including recent advances like modelling of dynamic, non-linear and non-stationary panels. STATA will be used.

Research methodologyThe objective of this module is to introduce students to academic writing, referencing using the Harvard referencing style, preparation of a research proposal and the regulations surrounding it at UACS. In the second part, particular attention will be devoted to the basics of methodologies and methods and their application in the area of qualitative research – questionnaire, interview, focus groups.

UACS Research Seminar Series take place every Monday at 1 pm in Amphiteater 1.
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