Arvind Subramanian

Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy


The course will cover studies of actual policy reform—successful and unsuccessful. Some of the topics that will be covered will include demonetization and tax reform (India), financial sector reform (US and EU), debt restructuring (Europe), intellectual property and the world trading system (WTO), fiscal policy (IMF), education reform (Liberia),  data anomalies (China and India), capital flows (IMF) etc.. The aim will be to think through how policies actually get formulated and debated within a country or within international institutions. At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the analytics of the topic as well as the challenges and opportunities of policy reforms. Protagonists of some of these reforms will be invited to share their experiences in the course, including the personal challenges and dilemmas that economic policy-making poses.