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QE Liquidity in search of profitability: the dilemma … EC1-135-I
This case seeks two purposes. First, illustrating the relevance of the economic environment for determining business profitability. Second, putting in practice students acquired macroeconomic analytical skills by using them to support a real life financial investment decision. The students are asked to endorse one of two options, US or Brazil, for the launching of a new investment fund by FTInvest, a financial investment company. The recommendation is made by students acting as members of the Economic Research Department of the company. Therefore, it should be based on the country identified by them as providing the most favorable economic environment for the profitability of the investment in the medium/long run. The decision takes place in the second half of 2011, at a time when the US economy showed a hesitant recovery after the Great Global Recession of 2008 and when the Brazilian economy was booming after a very short blip. It was also at a time when, due to ultra-loose US monetary policy, interest rates and yields were at historical lows in the US while they were relatively high in Brazil.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Finance
This interactive simulation is based on a class discussion where the students represent the Brazilian parliament.
The objective is to recognize the possible effects in the short and long run with the different policies aimed towards the growth of variables such as GDP or Gini index. Different plans for reform are shown through narrated animations and video news flashes and students have to decide whether to approve or reject them. This tool enhances the discussion dynamic in class and helps students absorb concepts with an entertaining and game-like learning experience.
This simulation can be used in Master Programs such as MBA, Master in Management, Master in International Relations, Masters In Finance, etc or degree/university level students who have some previous knowledge of the basics of economics, as well as Executive Education programs.
The simulation works successfully in the following subjects:
Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
- Managerial Economics
- Economic Environment
- Country Economic Analysis
Current Topics in Economic Policy EC2-112-I
This note provides an exhaustive review of economic policy and is broken into six parts that explain historical, conceptual and economic policy elements necessary for understanding the current state of the global economy. It begins by covering a historical review of world policy and goes into detail about how the economy of various countries has developed, especially after the Second World War. The second part covers fiscal policy and focuses on aspects of public sector activity such as taxation, budget and deficit financing as well as recessions, how they affect different classes and how social suffering is distributed through fiscal and macroeconomic adjustments. The third part discusses how money affects economic activity and employment and the effects of expanding the money supply using historical examples. The next part provides details on the policies and events around the world leading to the Great Recession. Then, the economy of Latin America and its recessions are discussed, with a special focus on Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Lastly, the text goes into exchange rate policy and describes different regimes and how the regime is selected for different countries.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Beleza Natural: The Coca-Cola of the hair? Offering … GE1-121-I
The ‘Instituto Beleza Natural’ opened its first center in 1993, in Brazil. Over the course of 18 years BN has managed to transform itself into a very successful business with 11 beauty centers nationwide, more than 80,000 clients per month, annual revenues exceeding 60 million US dollars and with a workforce of over 1,300 employees. Beleza Natural (BN) has become very popular in Rio de Janeiro over the 2000 decade and is known as a beauty salon that caters to women who have a low income with high quality products that are scarce in their range, since BN applies an innovative treatment that transforms fizzy curly hair into softer and more moisturized hair whilst creating beautifully defined curls. And although BN seemed successful and with great potential, BN faces many open questions by the middle of 2011. In this case students are challenged to identify, analyze and resolve some of the challenges that the promotion of entrepreneurship faces in emerging economies; to develop innovative ways of thinking about existent public and private support that are often unnoticed; and build financial strength beyond conventional approaches.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship
Instituto Feira Preta-Brazil GE1-124-I
This case is about the story of an entrepreneur and the obstacle-filled journey she had to overcome in her entrepreneurial adventure. With this case students will learn the importance of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities y Threats) analysis, how to face problems that arise in startups and above all how to analyse a business model. For these reasons, this case is a real example of many of the variables entrepreneurs should have in mind.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship