ECON643-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Advanced International Finance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course introduces students to selected relevant topics in international finance. It will familiarise students with the analytical techniques needed to understand different theoretical issues and evaluate the empirical performance of the models. The main topics covered in this course are exchange rate movements, current account determination, foreign exchange intervention and volatility, sovereign debt and crisis, financial development, financial liberalisation and international capital flows, currency crisis, banking system stability and systemic risk, and the role of international institutions like the IMF.

The aim of the course is to provide both a thorough foundation of the key concepts and a solid
understanding of selected topics in international finance. The first part of the course provides an
overview of the characteristics of the foreign exchange market and its efficiency. It then proceeds to
examine the fundamental determinants of exchange-rate dynamics. The subsequent part of the course assesses both theoretical models and empirical evidence related to exchange-rate behaviour, analysing their implications for exchange rate forecasting, international diversification, and investment decisions. The final segment of the course assesses the current frontier of research in selected areas of international finance and help students develop an understanding of the main implications of increasing integration of the world economy. One of the objectives of this course is to help students answer policy questions with theoretical flexibility, economic insight, and empirical analysis.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are:
1. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of currency markets and exchange rates
2. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundamental determinants of exchange-rate
3. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding exchange-rate forecasting models
4. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the implications of exchange-rate behaviour for
international diversification and investment decisions
5. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the current account dynamics of small open economies
6. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the risks and benefits of international financial
7. to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between banking supervision and
banking sector stability
8. to prepare students on how to present research to audience and field questions


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.  RP: ECON344 or FINC344


Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 530
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kuntal Das


To pass this course you must not only achieve a final grade of 50% or higher, but also achieve a weighted
average grade of at least 45% across all invigilated assessments.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:
Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,066.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

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