What are the problems with the conventional view of banks as intermediaries between savers and borrowers? Discuss focusing on a country of your choice.

IP2039 Essay Questions

  1. What are the problems with the conventional view of banks as intermediaries between savers and borrowers? Discuss focusing on a country of your choice.
  • Focusing on a single country case study, analyse who really creates ‘money’ in the economy.
  • Can tools of finance price uncertainty? Answer focusing on either:

a) thebehaviour of the financial markets post-Brexit vote;

b)the reaction of the financial markets to the election of Donald Trump.

  • Are bubbles always driven by irrationality?  Answer with reference to one of the following:
  1. The dotcom bubble of 2000-01; b)the 1970s developing economies lending boom; c) house price bubble of your choice.
  • What are the endogenous developments in the financial system that have led to the 2007-09 financial crisis?
  • What are the limitations of Post-Keynesian analyses of the nature of the 2007-09 crisis?
  • What are the limitations of behavioural economic analyses of the 2007-09 crisis?
  • What does Minsky’s notion of Ponzi finance suggest about the sources of financial fragility today? Answer focusing on one of the following: a) the collapse of Parmalat in 2003; b) the collapse of Enron in 2001; c) the Russian default of 1998.
  • Critically analyse Chandler’s theory of the M-Corporation with regard to a transnational corporation of your choice. Is the theory relevant today?
  1. How relevant is the theory of transaction cost economics today? Answer with regard to a case study of a firm of your choice.
  1. Identifying an area of activity or a sector that can be understood as a club good, critically discuss the relevance of club good theory.
  1. Identifying a relevant resource, critically analyse the relevance of the CPR theory.
  1. In what sense can we think of the firm as a political actor? Discuss focusing on a bank or a corporation of your choice.
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