Master of Social Sciences in International Economics and Development

Courses Description


ECONA831F Applied Microeconomics Analysis
This course aims to deal with the study of the behavior of individuals, households and firms, and their interactions, and to develop the students’ skills to analyze microeconomic problems and theories.

ECONA832F Applied Macroeconomics Analysis
This course aims to develop models to explain the performance and structure of the economy as a whole in both the short run and long run. These models provide a set of tools to understand and analyze the aggregate behavior of households, firms, and the government, both domestically and internationally.

ECONA833F Applied Statistics and Econometrics
This course deals with quantitative model building and statistical skills which students will find useful in economics, marketing, risk management, and investment. It aims to teach students how to use statistical techniques to estimate and test hypotheses in business and economics.


ECONA834F International Migration and Labour Economics
This course presents a theoretical and empirical analysis of labour markets, utilizing mainly the tools developed in econometrics and microeconomics. This course aims to investigate how wages are determined in various labour markets and study the effects of private and public policies on wage and unemployment, and also examine how employers can design compensation packages and incentive contracts for their employees. This course will also discuss the determinants and the consequences of migration.

ECONA835F International Finance and Monetary System
This course aims to provide students with an analysis of the theories to analyze different phenomena in the international financial markets, and to develop their ability to apply these theories to explain real-world cases. The course will also discuss different monetary policy regimes, including currency boards and inflation targeting, and the inherent trade-offs between them, focusing especially on the importance of credibility and expectations. Optimal monetary policy design and the monetary transmission mechanism will also be covered.

ECON A836F Globalization and Economic Development
This course aims to examine the causes and consequences of globalization from an economic perspective, and how the world is integrated through trade and financial transactions. It discusses the patterns of international trade, why nations trade, what they trade, and the consequences of trade. Then, we go on to analyze the determinants and the implementations of different trade and investment policies, the motives for countries to restrict international trade, and the welfare implications of those trade policies. This course also examines a couple of other topics as they relate to the developing world: primary education, and public accountability. Real world issues and policies pertaining to globalization will be discussed throughout the course, including the effects of trade on economic growth and income inequality, multinationals, foreign direct investment, WTO, IMF and different exchange rate regimes.

GAPG A823F International Organizations and Global Governance
This course aims to examine the functions of global governance and the impacts of international governmental organizations in a wide range of global issues. It accounts for the development of multilateral institutions, and examines the changes in global order with the emergence of these new players. Traditional problems such as international security, development and aids, and global inequality are discussed, whereas new pressing issues such as global warming and transnational financial regulations are also given attention. In brief, this course reviews the trends and changes in the landscape of global orders, and evaluates the prospects towards more effective, accountable and just global governance.


ECON A888F Research Project
The course aims to provide students with advanced and practical training in the capabilities required for conducting research and scholarly interaction. This course is based on an independent research project or dissertation that will be prepared by each student individually through ongoing consultation with the project/dissertation supervisor(s). The expected length of the project/dissertation is 10,000 to 12,000 words. The research project/ dissertation is to be written in English.

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