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290144 SE Seminar in Economics (Macroeconomics) (2017W)

Current Debates in Applied Economics

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 24 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 05.10. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 12.10. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 09.11. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 16.11. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 23.11. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 30.11. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 07.12. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 14.12. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 11.01. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 18.01. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Thursday 25.01. 15:15 - 16:45 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the course is to understand, interpret and present current discourses on theories, models and hypotheses in economics.

Contents are 13 concrete topics, see below.

A seminar paper on one of the 13 topics shall be written. In addition, the respective lecture and the discussion, as well as the discussion on the other topics.

In the first lesson, an introduction is given; and for 26 participants 13 topics will be determined

Assessment and permitted materials

Central is the writing of a seminar paper, which should be structured as follows:
• Elaboration of the topical question
• Historical background of the question
• Methods of Operationalization
• Evidence and opposites, discourses
• Summary

The work is to be composed and presented by two participants. The joint presentation shall last about 40 minutes.
The work is to be delivered one week before the presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(The percentages in the following refer to the share of the weight in the overall assessment:)
Content (25%), the comprehensibility of the lecture (10%), short summary (15%), the scientific method (10%) and the ability to discuss (5%) are evaluated.
Also, each has to make once a prepared discussion contribution (about 5 min) and 2 further ad hoc discussions (15%)

At the end of the semester, a final exam in written form(about 45 minutes) will finalize the evaluation (20%), all the resumes of the papers will be tested

Examination topics

The following is a list of compulsory literature, on which the seminar papers has to be based anyway

1. Causes for the "Dutch disease" - Is the "curse of the resources" mandatory?
- Stevens, P. (2003). Resource impact: curse or blessing? A literature survey. Journal of Energy Literature. 9 (1): 3-42

2. GDP or what - are there alternatives measurement of to wealth and progress?
- Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi (2009): Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress

3. Markets between competition and oligopolization - market power measurement and competition policy
- Bontrup Heinz-J. (2006): Work, Capital and the State. P. 194-251

4. How Google became a world power? Peculiarities of network economies
- Shapiro Carl, Varian Hal R. (1999); Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, Boston: Harvard Business School Press. Chapter 9
- Keese Christoph (2014): Silicon Valley. In particular, pp. 193-227

5. Can tax cuts finance themselves? Is the Laffer curve correct?
- Udo H. Raab (1995): Public transaction costs and efficiency of the government revenue system. S.199-240

6. The Kuznets Curve and Environmental Kuznets Curve. Relation of environmental pollution and prosperity / development - empirics and criticism
- Borghesi Simone (1999): The Environmental Kuznets Curve: a Survey of the Literature. European University Institute
- David Stern: The Rise and Fall of the Environmental Kuznets Curve. World Development. Volume 32, Issue 8, August 200

7. Is there a "Middle Income Trap"?
- Arie Y Lewin (2016): China's Innovation Challenge: Overcoming the Middle-Income Trap. Chapters 1, 13, 16

8. "Adam Smith in Beijing" - How can we explain the development of the last decades in China?
- Giovanni Arrighi (2007): Adam Smith in Beijing: The Genealogy of the 21st Century, last 3 chapters

9. Global convergence, but divergence at country level? - How does the global income distribution develop?
- Branko Milanovic (2016) The unequal world - migration, the one percent and the future of the middle class. Chapter 3-5

10. Piketty! "R> g" as a new key formula?
- Thomas Piketty (2016): Economics of inequality: an introduction. 144 p

11. Schumpeter: Innovation and Creative Destruction (Disruption)
- Joseph A. Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Ch. VII, VIII, XII

12. Advertising - necessary for information and competition, or a consequence of oligopolisation
- Naomi Klein (2000): No Logo - the fight of global players for market power, a game with many losers and few winners. Chapters 1, 7, 8, 18

13. Reindustrialization of the US and Europe?

Reading list

- Shih W. (2013): The Re-industrialization of the United States? Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter 2/2013. S.297-312
- Aiginger K. (2013): The "Greening" of Industrial Policy, Headwinds and a Possible Symbiosis. WIFO Working Papers, No. 450.
- Peneder M. (2014): Warum die Neue Industriepolitik die Deindustrialisierung beschleunigen wird. FIW-Policy Brief Nr. 23

Association in the course directory

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