Teaching

 

On this page, you can find a brief overview of my courses. For detailed course material (houndouts, slides, additional reading, ...), I refer to the Minerva study platform of the university (login required)

 

Courses

Monetaire Economie (Dutch): This course is taught in the Fall for 3th year BA-students in Economics, jointly with the course "Monetaire Economie en Beleid" for MA students in Complementary Studies in Economics. The course provides a thorough survey of monetary economics, monetary policy and the international monetary system, mainly from a macroeconomic point of view. Examples of topics are: the interaction between nominal variables and the real economy, rational expectations and economic policy, the monetary transmission mechanism, instruments of monetary policy, theories of exchange rates and (European) monetary integration.

Monetair Beleid (Dutch): This course is taught in the Fall for MA students in Economics. This is an elective, very interactive and more advanced course on monetary policy issues. Examples of topics are: Empirical evidence on the effects of monetary policy, stabilization policy in a New Keynesian world, goals and targets of central banks, rules versus discretion and institutional framework of central banks, monetary policy strategies in practise. There is also a practical application of a policy relevant question.

Monetary Economics (English): This course is taught in the Spring for MA students in Banking and Finance. The course deals with several issues in monetary economics and central banking that are important for students that end up in the financial sector. Examples of topics are: the monetary transmission mechanism, institutional framework of central banks and monetary policy rules. There is also a practical application of a policy relevant question. The course is currently taught by Julio Carrillo.

Actuele Economische Problemen (Dutch): This course is taught in the Spring for 2nd year BA-students in Economics. The first part of the course introduces students to doing economic research. Students should learn how to collect and process information (relevant literature, data), how to write a paper and how to present this paper orally. The second part of the course analyses a variety of contemporary problems, such that students are confronted with the wide variety of topics to which economic reasoning can be applied. This should stimulate a critical attitude towards arguments that are used in the political debate, and help students to formulate their personal point of view. The first part of the course is taught by Rudi Vander Vennet, and each topic of the second part is taught by a different colleague. I teach only one topic and I am in charge for the coordination of this course.

Seminariewerk Monetaire Economie (Dutch): For this (elective) course, which is in the Spring, the students have to analyze in small groups an economic problem thoroughly, report their findings in a
paper and present the findings to the rest of the group.

Monetaire Theorie en Beleid (Dutch): This course is taught in the Fall for MA students in Complementary Studies in Economics, jointly with the course "Monetaire Economie" for 3th year BA-students in Economics. The course provides a thorough survey of monetary economics, monetary policy and the international monetary system, mainly from a macroeconomic point of view. Examples of topics are: the interaction between nominal variables and the real economy, rational expectations and economic policy, the monetary transmission mechanism, instruments of monetary policy, theories of exchange rates and (European) monetary integration.

Advanced Monetary Economics (English): I taught this course at the University of Louvain between 2005 and 2010 for students of the Master of Science in Advanced Studies in Economics and Master of Science in Financial Economics. The goal is to expose the students to the analytical techniques and the empirical literature in the subject area. 

European Financial and Monetary Integration (English): I taught this course at Tilburg University in 2010 for 3th year BA students in Economics. The course deals with several issues in monetary economics and European monetary integration. Examples of topics are: instruments of monetary policy, the monetary transmission mechanism, optimal currency areas and the conduct of monetary policy by the ECB.

Mini-courses

Topics in Monetary Economics (English): a two-day course dealing with topical issues in monetary economics, monetary policy and European monetary integration. In the past, I have given such a course at the European Commission and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Structural Vector Autoregressive models (English): a mini-course on how to use structural vector autoregressive (SVAR) models as an econometric tool for policy analysis. This course is useful for policy institutions like central banks.


 

 

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