This is the class website for University College Dublin module International Money and Banking (ECON30150) being taught by Professor Karl Whelan in Spring 2018.
Here is a handout describing the structure of the module, assessment and other details.
Sample final exam questions (February 27 version)
The midterm exam is a one hour multiple-choice test that will take place on Tuesday March 6 (Week 7) at 7.30pm in the Blackrock exam centre. Here is some information on the midterm and here is last year’s midterm exam.
Source Material and Readings
A Comparative Chronology of Money. Website based on A History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day by Glyn Davies.
Milton Friedman: The Island of Stone Money
R. A. Radford: The Economic Organisation of a P.O.W. Camp
Charles Goodhart: Two Concepts of Money
A History of Money: From AD 800 by John F. Chown. Google Books version. Chapter 5 is “The Great Debasement of Henry VIII’s Reign”
Karl Whelan: How Is Bitcoin Different From The Dollar?
Karl Whelan: So What’s So Special About Bitcoin?
Bank of Ireland’s Interim Report with June 2016 results.
Cleveland Fed: Bank Capital Requirements: A Conversation with the Experts
Patrick Honohan’s Report: The Irish Banking Crisis Regulatory and Financial Stability Policy 2003-2008.
Bank of England: Understanding the fair value of banks’ loans
Bad Journalism on Bank Capital Example One: London Review of Books
Bad Journalism on Bank Capital Example Two: Fortune
Bad Journalism on Bank Capital Example Three: New York Times
Federal Reserve: Recent Balance Sheet Trends
The weekly consolidated balance sheet of the Eurosystem from the ECB.
Karl Whelan: Is the ECB Risking Insolvency? Does it Matter?
Paul De Grauwe and Magdalena Polan: Is Inflation Always and Everywhere a Monetary Phenomenon?
Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas Krus: World Hyperinflations
New York Times: Venezuala Issues New Banknotes Because of Hyperinflation
Todd Keister and James McAndrews Why Are Banks Holding So Many Excess Reserves?
Guy Debelle: On Europe’s Effects on Australian Financial Markets
ECB Protocol (i.e. the legal statute underlying the ECB and Eurosystem).
ECB monetary policy meeting accounts
San Francisco Fed: Information on the the Fed’s role in banking supervision.
Ben Bernanke: Implementing Monetary Policy
Joseph Gagnon and Brian Sack: Monetary Policy with Abundant Liquidity: A New Operating Framework for the Federal Reserve
Karl Whelan: The Secret Tool Draghi Uses to Run Europe
The ECB’s ELA Procedures
Ben Bernanke: Nonmonetary Effects of the Financial Crisis in the Propagation of the Great Depression (American Economic Review, June 1983. Not available outside UCD. Go through UCD Connect and the Library Page.)
Karl Whelan: Containing Systemic Risk
FDIC Failed Bank List.
Karl Whelan: Banking Union and the ECB as Lender of Last Resort
Press Release: A single rulebook for the resolution of failing banks
Bloomberg: Testing Europe’s Resolve on Failing Banks
Piergiorgio Alessandri and Andrew Haldane (Bank of England): Banking on the State
Simon Johnson: Economic Recovery And The Coming Financial Crisis.
Douglas Diamond and Raghuram Rajan: The Credit Crisis: Conjectures about Causes and Remedies
Documentation for the Basle 2 Internal Ratings Based model.
Philipp Hildebrand: Is Basel II Enough? The Benefits of a Leverage Ratio
New York Times: Risk Mismangement
Patrick Honohan: Bank Failures: The Limits of Risk Modelling
Andrew Haldane and Vasileios Madouros. The Dog and the Frisbee.
Dan Davies. Facts and Myths About Bank Leverage Ratios
Samuel Hanson, Anil Kashyap and Jeremy Stein: A Macroprudential Approach to Financial Regulation
Basle 3 Agreement
Andrew Haldane: The Bank and the banks.
Financial Stability Board press release on TLAC.
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision: High-level summary of Basel III reforms
McKinsey: Basel “IV”: What’s next for banks?