• January - March 2018
    Weekly evening classes

    4 - 8 June 2018

  • 3 hour classes
    taught over 10 weeks


    Five day intensive executive programme

  • LSE's Central London Campus,

    New Academic Building,
    WC2A 2AE

  • Dr Gianluca Benigno

    Professor Paul De Grauwe

    Ricardo Reis

    *Guest lecturers announced*

  • Tuition Fee:



An insightful and up-to-date LSE short course that addresses the challenges presented by current economic events and the evolution of global financial markets.

This executive course will guide you in examining the key events and current policy debates that are shaping the world economy. It is designed to provide you with the analytical tools required to understand the logic and implications of policy choices.

Executive Evening Classes *New for 2018*

Starting in January 2018, this course is being offered as an evening course, taught weekly on the LSE campus over 10 weeks. 

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Executive Summer Session 

This course is also available as a five day intensive short courses taking place  4 - 8 June 2018.

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The course will be taught by:

  • Gianluca Benigno: Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.
  • Paul De Grauwe: John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy at the European Institute at the London School of Economics.
  • Ricardo Reis: A. W. Phillips Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.

*High-level policy-makers and sector experts announced as guest lecturers for the January course* 

  • Lorenzo Codogno;  visiting Professor at the LSE following nine years as the chief economist and director general at the Treasury Dept. of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Linda Yueh; a well-known economist, broadcaster and author who holds numerous senior academic appointments at world-class universities around the world, including the LSE.

Programme benefits

  • Gain a grasp on the up-to-date economic theories that interpret current events
  • Discover whether global imbalances are sustainable and what the implications are for the US dollar and foreign exchange markets
  • Debate and understand the origin and the implication of imbalances within the Euro area
  • Build your awareness of the perils of international financial integration and understand the potential risks ahead for emerging marketing economies
  • Realise how the recent financial crisis has affected the conduct of monetary policy
  • Achieve an understanding of the economic linkages among current macroeconomic events
  • Increase the depth of your knowledge around the question of whether large deficits lead to sovereign defaults
  • Understand what determines the risk of sovereign debt and the perceived likelihood of default
  • Discuss and develop insight in to how monetary policy should be conducted when interest rates have reached the zero lower bound
  • Gain a greater understanding of China’s role in the global economy, and the impact of Chinese policies on the rest of the world
  • Take away learning’s from in-depth debate on whether China’s exchange rate policy is prone to bubble-creation, and if the country’s current experience holds similarities with the Japanese experience.

Course description

Current economic events and policy choices along with the evolution of global financial markets present new challenges for investment and strategic decisions. The objective of this course is to examine the relevant policy debates and to provide the analytical tools to understand the logic and the implications of these policy choices.

The course will offer a mix of lectures, student-led discussions involving LSE faculty and high profile external speakers.

This executive course will investigate the following key topics:

  • Imbalances: a global and a European perspective
  • China and its Macroeconomic Implications on the Global Economy
  • Issues in a Monetary Union: the Euro area case
  • The Perils of International Financial Integration
  • Policy issues: Zero Lower bound and Policy options (Balance Sheet policies and forward guidance);
  • The Macroeconomics of Brexit.

Course suitability

This executive course is suitable for:

  • Practitioners in financial markets
  • Economic analysts
  • Portfolio managers interested in global macroeconomic issues
  • Policymakers
  • Financial strategists

Course pre-requisites
Basic knowledge of Macroeconomics

What's included in the fee?

The fee for this executive course includes: all LSE tuition, course materials and full office support. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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"The course gave me a totally refreshing, well informed understanding of present global economics, delivered in an enjoyable environment by professional, personable, LSE expert economists."
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital, UK


Previous course participants include:

  • Banca d’Italia
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of England
  • Bank of Singapore
  • Bayer SAS
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Carlsberg Group Company
  • Citibank
  • Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • Dole Food Company
  • Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations
  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Google
  • JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Qatar Financial Centre Authority
  • Salamanca Capital
  • Saudi Industrial Development Fund
  • Standard Life Investments
  • The New Zealand Treasury
  • World Trade Organisation


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How to contact us

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4615

Executive Summer School Office Address Details (below)

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