In this masters level course I cover the advanced concepts of public choice theory and positive political economy. It is focused on helping the students understand the big picture behind policy formation, the political process and their effect on the real economy. Topics include voting, models of electoral competition, the principal agent problem in politics, electoral accountability, optimal size of taxation, redistribution and government spending, interest groups and lobbying, the logic of collective action, and the role of institutions in economic development and policy-making. In addition to the technically advanced master level module, there is a light option of the course available for fourth year undergraduates and summer school students. The course is fully taught in English. Syllabus available here.
Principles of Economics
The Principles course I teach are seminars in English where I cover a variety of topics outside the standard curriculum aimed at better equipping the students with some elementary knowledge of economics. Topics tend to vary from introductory game theory simulations, supply and demand in action, inequality, alternative monetary policy, the crisis and the recovery, and even economics of football. It is a good way of introducing first year undergraduates to applications of some basic economic concepts.
A standard fourth year undergraduate level course covering the issues of international trade and international finance. From the concepts of comparative advantage to tariffs and quotas, the international trade part explains why trade is important, and how it drives economic growth and economic imbalances between nations. The international finance part explains the role of global financial flows in macroeconomic outcomes whilst providing the students a deeper understanding of the connection between exchange rates, interest rates and money.
This second year undergraduate course introduces the students to the basic concepts behind market and government inefficiencies. Why and how markets fail and more importantly why and how governments fail in correcting for inefficient market outcomes? It explains the three basic roles of public finance: allocation, stabilization and redistribution, through which it touches upon the theories of optimal taxation and the tax system, government spending and redistribution, and the ever hot topic of debts and deficits.