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EPOG seminar #12 – Frédéric Boccara
Multinational enterprises location and globalization process: new challenges for theory and for economic policy
Frédéric Boccara, Associate Professor of economics at Université Paris 13, Statistician and Economist working for the French administration.
Discussants: Nutsa Gureshidze and Wei Lin Su.
On Friday, November 7, 2014, 15:00-17:00
at Université Paris 7 – Diderot, Building « Sophie Germain », 8 place FM/13 – 75013 Paris at the intersection between « avenue de France » and « rue Alice-Domon et Léonie-Duquet » – Métro 14: Bibliothèque Françoise Mitterrand, room: 1021.
Economic POlicies in the age of Globalisation
Post-crisis imbalances, the slow pace of economic growth, the catching-up process of emerging-market economies, and intensifying environmental challenges across the globe necessitate consistent rethinking of economic policy-making. New policies are needed, and these will have to be managed in coordinated fashion. There is hence a growing need for well-integrated economic expertise capable of proper management of these policies.
The main objective of the EPOG Master’s Program is to give birth to a new generation of international experts for both the public and private sector, able to define and assess economic policies as those evolve within different political, social and regional contexts. The program thus aims to provide not only an expertise in a specific field of economic policy (as usually done in existing Masters in economics), but also to enable students to get a global perspective on interdependencies and interactions between economic policies.
Most Master’s degrees in economics focus on very narrow fields or specific regions of the world. The added value of the EPOG Master’s Program is its provision of the dual skill of expertise in a particular field and the ability to deal with the complex and systemic dimensions of economic policies. To our knowledge this combination is not offered by any other European Master’s course in economics. The EPOG Master’s will (i) give students in-depth skills to deal with different economic areas that generally require specialized training and (ii) include multidisciplinary contributions (law, sociology, geography and history, etc.) all of which are necessary for proficiency in economic-policy making in the context of current changes in the global economy.
Towards this objective the EPOG Master’s Program goes beyond the reach of standard economic theory to include various heterodox approaches (e.g. Post Keynesian, institutionalist) that may have more to say about the challenges facing national policy makers in a globalized context.
In support of our trans-national mission the program draws from the collaboration and complementarities of eight prestigious universities, all of which offer excellent, internationally recognized, and well-established Master’s programs in Economics:
- Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité (France)
- Università degli studi di Torino (Italy)
- Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany)
- Kingston University (United Kingdom)
- University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) (South Africa)
- Seoul National University (South Korea)
- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
- University of Massachusetts – Amherst (USA)
Within the integrated framework each university will provide complementary and interdisciplinary expertise in economic policy.
Students will have to choose among three options which will partly determine the mobility between the institutions:
- Option A – Knowledge and innovation policies
- Option B – International macroeconomics and financial policies
- Option C – Development policies
The main instruction languages will be English and French. However, students who want to study only in English will have this possibility.
All the students will be awarded a double Master’s degree from the University of Paris 13 and from the university visited in the 1st year.
To be enrolled, students must have obtained a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in economics or in political science or law (with sufficient background knowledge in economics and statistics). They must have a good level in English and a clear motivation for the field and for international studies (see the admission page).