Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Fratelli Rustici International Toy Shoes EC1-124
This is a case about an SME, in the shoe industry, that thanks to the expertise of its partners and a successful R&D investment is able to successfully operate in international markets, even during crises. The product is manufactured in China and is then imported to Italy to be commercialized in the EU, and in a latter phase in Chile.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Strategy
Pharma Supplies EC1-123
The case talks about how a SME of the pharmaceutical industry decides to expand to international markets. It particularly decides to export a value-added product to Estonia: Semi automatic external defibrillators.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Strategy
Japón 2010: Los años perdidos EC1-122
This case takes a look at the events that led up to the bursting of Japan’s stock-market bubble in 2010. It begins by describing the economic situation in Japan in the 1980s at the start of the crisis, delving into the appreciation of the yen, loss of competitiveness, low interest rates, the over-valuation of the stock market leading to inflation and the upward trend in the unemployment rate. It emphasizes that there were twenty years of poor political leadership where the political party changed frequently. The case outlines the government in Japan during the nineties and includes a detailed description of how each prime minister’s actions affected the economy. Then in 2001, seeking economic recovery, Koizumi’s government launched a comprehensive plan of reforms based on solving the problem of bad debts, establishing a stable financial system and defining seven programs of structural reform. When Koizumi left office, the economic situation was unstable and between 2006 and 2009, up to three different prime ministers occupied the post. Between 2007 and 2009, stimulus packages implemented by the government caused public debt as a percentage of Japan’s GDP to increase nearly 55 percent. This led the Bank of Japan to take emergency measures. In 2009, Hatoyama came into power, ending the Koizumi era. The government then had their chance to put an end to the “lost years.”Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Caso España EC1-001-M
This interactive case describes the main problems of the Spanish economy between 1973 and 2010 setting the context for students to analyze the solutions provided by the different governments in power. It includes significant multimedia materials (photographs audio clips of speeches and interviews newspaper headlines graphs and tables) and related texts. There are also interactive graph which can be created based on students’ choices enabling them in this way to compare key economic indexes at specific times.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
La economía de Cuba (1959-2009) EC1-118
Cuba has been ruled for over 50 years by a socialist centralized system, with Fidel Castro as a supreme leader until 2007, when his brother Raul Castro took over power. Until the falling of the Berlin Wall, Cuba depended upon the Soviet Union’s economic support. After this geopolitical shift, the Caribbean country faced a new situation with light reforms that temporarily alleviated the suffering economy of Cuba. However, until 2009 there had been no real compromise, nor structural reforms necessary to transition towards a market economy. When Raul Castro sat on the driver’s seat, the possibility of political and economic change seemed closer.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Evolución del precio del petróleo EC1-115-M
This case is designed to introduce students to the basic tools of supply and demand and to observe and predict how they operate in a real market that is constantly grabbing headlines: the global petroleum market. The analysis of this interactive multimedia case is based around those events that have affected the price of oil from 1970 to 2013.
Students will be presented with a series of historical events that affected the price of oil on the world market. They study each of these and then predict the effects on price by shifting the curves on the traditional supply and demand model.
The World Oil Prices interactive exercise has been used successfully across a range of masters programs, from Masters in Management through to MBA and executive programs. The material would be suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate economics courses, once the initial supply and demand theory has been grasped.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Portugal: Los desequilibrios económicos EC1-120
This case investigates how drastic changes in politics within short periods of time in Portugal in the 70s and 80s didn’t help the country grow but instead helped it to sink further into poverty as well as how after gaining a small amount of stability the country’s situation started to improve the economic indicators. In this case students will learn to see that the majority of times extreme changes in a country’s politics only make it further worsen with every change until a point of stability is reached.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
India 2007: ¿Un gigante dormido? EC1-111
For many years after its independence the Indian economy emphasized on central planning. In 1990 it starts its road towards market economy, which is responsible for robust economic growth and increase in the urban middle-class. However, wealth distribution remained a huge challenge, alongside poor infrastructure, bureaucracy, labor market rigidity and regulation of foreign investment. The quick expansion of domestic demand, increase in deficits, inflationary pressures and huge and growing population placed a serious threat to the government’s policies.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Turquía 2007: Crisis, poscrisis y convergencia hacia … EC1-112
Turkey is finally accepted as a candidate to belong to the EU. However, its economic, political and social situation, added to unresolved issues with Cyprus, Greece and their southern neighbors (from the region of Kurdistan) reveal that there are things that could delay their process.
This case starts with the financial crisis of Turkey in 2001. It delves into the reasons that lead to the crisis, the key events in this period and, finally, the consequences on the post-crisis era.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs