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Department of Economics
Teaching and research by the department of Economics is primarily devoted to the structures of the U.S. economy, as well as to North American economic policies and economic history. We deal not only with domestic economic questions, but with the U.S. in its foreign economic relations as well. As economic developments are partially shaped by political decisions, political institutions, structures, and processes are also taken into account.
Two perspectives have produced especially fruitful results:
- first, the search for the effects of American economic policies in Germany, Europe, and in other parts of the world; and
- second, the comparative view of developments in North America and those in Germany and Europe.
The teaching program is offered not only to students of North American Studies, but also to those studying in the Economics and History departments at the FU. Consequently, our courses and seminars are attended by a broad spectrum of students from these fields. Their diverse perspectives often lead to interesting, interdisciplinary discussions and stimulating scholarly contributions.
The Economics department at the John F. Kennedy Institute regularly organizes talks and lectures by well-known economists, and has already hosted such renown voices as Professor Benjamin Friedman, Ph.D. (Harvard University), Professor Paul Krugman, Ph.D. (MIT), and Professor Hal Varian, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, Chief Economist at Google).