Master VWL Winter 2018/19  

Economic Development in the Asia Pacific Region

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Volz
Date:  25.01.2019, 9:15 – 17:30
Room: SR 17 (I 374)
Language: English
To be graded: Term paper and student presentation
Deadline term paper: February 8, 2019

Modul: International Economics 07-202-1102
This seminar is one option (out of three) for the seminar of the module International Economics.
Guidelines for the term paper can be found here.

Course Description

This seminar addresses major challenges facing East Asian economies, i.e., China, Japan, Korea and the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

A detailed syllabus will be distributed to the inscribed students.

Introduction and Term Paper Selection

There will be an introduction to the seminar on Tuesday, October 16, at 11:15 in Room SR 1. Students will select term paper topics (see list below and of the two other seminars) and receive some information about the course of the seminar and relevant deadlines. Also, we will present some recommendations and guidelines for writing scientific papers.

Seminar introduction

Seminar topics

1.  What role did ‘developmental states’ assume in the economic development of various Asian-Pacific economies?
2. What are the merits of and problems with the East Asian regional trade-production network?
3. Discuss the main lessons of the Asian financial crisis. In what ways are they still relevant today?
4. How useful is the Middle-income Trap concept? Which Asian-Pacific economies are in danger of getting trapped, and why?
5. How can the quest for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region be reconciled with environmental sustainability?
6. Is Abenomics effective at addressing Japan’s economic problems?
7. Discuss the role of demographics in the growth and development of East Asian economies.
8. Discuss the risks and opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community.

letzte Änderung: 04.01.2019