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About The Field

The International Monetary Theory and Policy field focuses on the macroeconomic performance of countries that are integrated with the world economy both through trade in goods and services and through the exchange of assets. A central concern is the way in which world financial markets contribute to growth and development as well as serve as a means by which economic disruptions may be transmitted across national boundaries. Some of the issues addressed include exchange rate and financial crises like those in Asia and Latin America in the 1990s and, more recently, the worldwide crisis that began in 2008; the appropriate exchange rate regime, a question of particular interest for the euro area, but also for many emerging market and developing economies; the causes and consequences of large trade deficits and surpluses, an issue that often gives rise to political pressures for protectionism; and the appropriate role of international institutions like the IMF, especially in their actions during economic and financial crises. Courses in this field offer theories that give students frameworks for understanding issues, present recent and historical experiences that provide a context for the use of economic models, and statistical methods that enable students to use the theories and analyses for their own work.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.

Outside the Classroom

Events
  • From Grexit to Grecovery: Is the Euro Crisis Over?
  • From Financial Crisis to Financial Stability: Have the seeds of the next crisis been laid?
  • Bridgewater Associates: Where Are We in the Global Economy?
  • IBGC Speaker Series: Javier Diaz, VP, Colombia Stock Exchange
  • The Changing Nature of International Capital Markets
  • Challenging Times: The Fed's Role in Today's Global Financial System
  • A Private Equity Primer for Emerging Markets: Trends, Challenges & Questions
  • Conference on Remittances and Development in Latin America
  • Opportunities and Pitfalls in Emerging Market Restructurings: A Strategic Perspective
Internships
  • Asian Development Bank - Manila, Philippines
  • Government of Singapore Investment Corporation - Singapore
  • Delegation of the European Union, Trade Division - Washington, DC
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - Washington, DC
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, DC
  • Citigroup, Investment Research Division - New York, NY
  • U.S. Liaison Office to the African Development Bank - Tunis, Tunisia
Capstones
  • "The China Risk Index: A CAPM-Based Approach to Evaluating China Exposure 2004-2013"
  • "Early Warning Signals and Policy Responses to the U.S. Financial Crisis 2007-09"
  • ""Re-nationalization of the Oil and Gas Industry Under Vladimir Putin and How His Administration's Policies Affected Output n the Industry and Overall Economic Development"
  • "The Road Ahead for Asia & Latin America and the Caribbean: Outlook for Trade in Energy and Minerals"
  • "The Evolution of Chinese Bond Market: Return and Risk Analysis"
  • "Financial Integration in East Asia"
  • "Development of Domestic Bond Markets: A Comparison of Select East Asian and Latin American Countries"
  • "The High Cost of Borrowing: An Analysis of the Determinants of High Interest Rates in Brazil"
  • "Mobile Banking: Can Financial Services be Extended to Africa's Unbanked?"
Student Groups
  • Fletcher Finance Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • International Business Club
  • Fletcher Political Risk Group
  • International Development Group
  • ASEAN Society
  • European Affairs Society
  • Latin America Group

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