I am the seminar instructor of the following PPE modules


October - December 2018

In this course students will study fiscal policy and related macroeconomic policies by focusing on a concrete case, namely the case of Italy.  You will put yourself in the shoes of policy researchers that provide fact-based economic analysis with the goal of improving economic policy. Your task is to provide an analysis and make a recommendation on how the European Commission and the European Council should respond to the budget proposed by the Italian government.

February - April 2019

This course familiarizes PPE-students with both the theory and practice of statistics. They will be trained in formulating a research question into a model specification and in translating empirical results into policy recommendations, skills that are valuable both in PPE-studies and thereafter. The course starts with discussing key concepts in probability theory and statistics, like distributions, expectation and variance. Building on that, the students learn about estimating parameters, confidence intervals, testing hypotheses and the interpretation of significance. The second part of the course provides an introduction to econometrics.

April - June 2018

This course provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy (IPE). Topics include the politics and policies relating to international trade, production, finance, development and the environment, and the ways in which these are influenced by both domestic and international institutions. Students will be able to explore both theoretical and empirical work across all of these domains

April - May 2018

Thecourse gives students an understanding of how macroeconomic thought has developed over time. In addition, basic tools are offered to analyze economic growth and the relation between growth, employment and inflation. Two lines are followed: (1) monetary economics, focusing on the role of money in the economy, including fluctuations in the value of money (deflation/inflation), and (2) theories of growth, including understanding temporal fluctuations (business cycles), and causes of growth. These two lines are treated separately in the beginning, when the early origins of macroeconomic thought are discussed, and as part of “schools of thought” from the late 18thcentury onwards. The course provides basic insights in Classical, Keynesian, Post-Keynesian, Monetarist, New Classical schools of thought, as well as in the modern branches of Real Business Cycle Theory and Endogenous GrowthTheory.