University of Oxford
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Tom Hashimoto specialises in post-socialist financial centre development. His foci are financial institutional reforms, collective political will and socio-legal philosophy behind the transition. His most recent book Reviewing EU Accession is due to be published from Brill, Leiden/Boston, and his short commentaries on South-eastern Europe can be found in CE Financial Observer, published by the National Bank of Poland. He is a Lecturer in International Relations and Economics at Vistula University, holds a joint LL.M./MA in Economic Analysis of Law from Rotterdam-Hamburg-SGH, and is a DPhil candidate in Financial Geography at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.
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– Financial centre development;
– Transition economics;
– Financial and economic reform.
– International relations;
– Economic and political geography.
This course will explore the history of economic thought ranging from Plato to the modern day. In the lectures we will examine the most important and influential thinkers of their time, while also including the historical context that influenced the ideas presented. The course will not strictly follow a chronological evolution of the theory, but instead is designed in a way to capture the evolution of economic thought: the arguments, debates, agreements, and disagreements.
The History of Economic Theories course aims to equip students with the historical knowledge of history’s most influential economic ideas in order to promote argumentative skills, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding behind the evolution of modern economic thought.
The Master’s Thesis is a culminating experience in graduate level education for the degree candidates. It is an individual endeavour of analytical nature, which contains elements of originality and is performed in conformity with general requirements of academic papers and scholarly projects. For the students, the Master’s thesis should be a learning activity that is stimulating and engenders a sense of pride and accomplishment.
The intent of the thesis is to provide an opportunity for the Master’s degree candidates to refine, in some cases acquire, a range of skills at an appropriate level to conduct a competent research project. A successful thesis is an evidence that the candidate has acquired the minimum level of research skills required and can therefore be accredited a Master’s degree. Skills required of thesis writers are those associated with research design, data collection, information management, analysis of data, synthesis of data with existing knowledge, and critical evaluation of the writer’s own ideas and those presented in the literature reviewed. The thesis should be written in English within a given period of time and comply with commonly accepted principles of academic ethics.
The course explores determinants of industrial competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. While sound macroeconomic policies and stable legal and political institutions create potential for industrial competitiveness, wealth is actually created at the microeconomic and firm levels. The sophistication and productivity of firms, the vitality of industrial clusters, and the quality of the business environment are the ultimate determinants of the productivity and innovation capacity of nations, regions and industries.
This course examines both advanced and developing economies and addresses competitiveness at multiple levels – nations, subnational units such as states or provinces, particular clusters, and neighbouring countries. The course is concerned not only with government policy but also with the roles that firms, industry associations, universities, and other institutions play in competitiveness. In modern competition, each of these institutions has an important and evolving role in economic development.
The course explores not only theory and policy but also the organizational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness.
This is a distinctive graduate course offered in cooperation with prof. M. Porter and a team of his colleagues at Harvard Business School (HBS). It is designed to be taught to second year MBA students at HBS and affiliates of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School (http://www.isc.hbs.edu/moc.htm).
The main aim of the course is to enable the students to integrate and activate general knowledge on competitiveness in order to make analytical managerial decisions. The course focuses on the environment in which global strategy is developed at the corporate, business and operational levels. Particular attention is paid to the processes, competencies and vision of top management, competitive positioning, understanding comparative costs.
Part of the purpose of the course is to expose students to some of the most successful countries and regions. In addition to cases, there are readings, a series of lectures, and videotaped appearances by guests who are national, regional, or business leaders involved in the cases studied or experts on the issues discussed in class.
Learning Outcomes of the Course
On completion of this course successful students will enhance their skills for formulating strategy by developing an understanding of a firm’s operative environment. They will master a range of analytical tools and demonstrate the ability to take an integrative point of view in using these tools to perform in depth analyses of industries and competitors, predict competitive behaviour, analyse how firms develop and sustain competitive advantage over time.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
This introductory course surveys various mathematical concepts utilised in financial economics. Together with Financial Econometrics, it constitutes the foundation of the ‘research’ pillar in MSc Financial Economics at ISM. As such, some of the topics will be ‘repeated’, but more in depth, in other courses. As clients’ profiles and objectives have become increasingly global and complex over the past few decades, financial institutions have come up with more sophisticated and more structured products, alternatives, and approaches, some of which are reviewed in this course from a pricing and mathematical perspective. Given the current political environments (e.g. Brexit, transpacific trade war), we pay significant attention to the assumptions behind formulae and models, while we practice not only calculations but also explanations to prepare ourselves for the contemporary regulatory environment, most notably characterised by the MiFID II.
This course provides an overview of economic (dis)integration in Europe. Given the rampant Euroscepticism(s) and the ongoing so-called ‘Brexit’ process, we shift our focus from the previous year’s emphasis on the Monetary Union to the game-theoretical interaction between the firms and the policymakers. To begin with, we keep our distance from ‘methodological nationalism’ (i.e. taking nation-state as a unit of analysis) and assume differentiated incentive-giving mechanisms for, say, average householders, parliamentarians, and ‘Eurocrats’. Such a multilevel analysis of EU Economics shall deepen our understanding of rapidly changing business environments in Europe.
This course follows Capitals of Capital: The Rise and Fall of International Financial Centres 1780-2009 (Cambridge University Press) by Youssef Cassis, and investigates how the regional and global network of cities occupies a crucial position in understanding the development of financial markets. Our historical narrative is such that we primarily focus on the banking sector in Europe, while we constantly draw a comparison with the current situation. As a theoretical framework, Financial History allows us to flexibly examine the roles played by states, institutions, firms, and individuals, and to analyse the game-theoretical interaction among them. The knowledge (including methodology) obtained in this course shall be complementary to any modules offered within politics, economics, and finance.
Prof. Cassis of European University institute has kindly agreed to name this course after his eye-opening masterpiece.
This course guides students to prepare for their thesis writing process by surveying various topics in the field of Financial Economics. The three main foci are: literature review, research methodology, and hypotheses. First, by systematically highlighting the differences between the annotated bibliography and the literature review, we emphasise the link between the existing literature and the research questions at hand. Second, by skimming through the preliminary data, we check the data availability and the feasibility of the chosen research method. Third, by articulating the hypotheses, we evaluate the proposed research design. The course lasts throughout the semester and concludes with the thesis proposal defence.