Student guide Facoltą di Economia A.A. 2005/06 Lauree Triennali

Comparative economics
Fausto Lanfranco, Mark Brusati, Luca Rebola, Pier Davide Montonati, Davide Cerutti, Walter Osti
Aim of the course
The course intends to provide a global, inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of the economic realities and to enhance critical, comparative and strategic thinking of the students.
1.         Introduction (Prof. Pant)
1.1.      The economic systems
1.2.      Inter-system realities: market alignment, strategic spheres, culture areas
1.3.      Possibilities and limits of comparative method in economics
Selected system survey: the economy of People’s Republic of China (Prof. Wang)
2.1       Macro-economic, geographical and historical overview of China
2.2.      International investment in China and Chinese investment in other countries
2.3.      Management of high-tech industries in China
2.4.      Environmentally sustainable and socially sound development efforts in China
2.5.      Problems, challenges and future prospects of China’s economy and society
Global thematic comparison: selected performance survey of national economies (Prof. Pant)
3.1.      Economic growth
3.2       Human development
3.4.      Environmental sustainability
3.5.      Economic freedom and entrepreneurial spirit
3.6.      Technological innovation
3.7.      Cultural resources management
4.         Next economy: strategic foresight exercise (Prof. Pant)
Written work (home assignment) during the course and an oral exam at the end.
Reading list
Gregory, P.R. & Stuart, R.C., Comparative Economic Systems, Houghton Mifflin, Boston/New York, 1999.
Pant, D.R., Armenia, the Next Economy: an Inter-disciplinary Future-view, LIUC/Crespi, 2002.
Pant, D. R., Two decades of international investments in the People's Republic of China, LIUC Paper, n° 62, Castellanza, 1999.
Reports of UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, IMF, OECD, EBRD, Worldwatch Institute etc..
Miscellaneous hand-outs in the classroom and on the course web-site.