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Laurence M. Ball
In addition to my duties at Hopkins, I am a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund. I have previously visited a number of central banks, including the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. My research focuses on unemployment, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy, and I am the author of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets (Worth Publishers, second edition 2012).
"Fiscal Policy and Full Employment", April 2014.
"Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean" (with Nicolás De Roux and Marc Hofstetter), Open Economies Review, July 2013.
"The Case for Four Percent Inflation", Central Bank Review, May 2013
"Okun’s Law: Fit at 50?", January 2013.
"Short-run Money Demand", Journal of Monetary Economics, November 2012.
"Ben Bernanke and the Zero Bound", February 2012.
"Inflation Dynamics and the Great Recession" (with Sandeep Mazumder), Brookings Papers, Spring 2011.
The Performance of Alternative Monetary Regimes, June 2010.
"Policy Responses to Exchange-Rate Movements", Open Economies Review, March 2010.
"Hysteresis in Unemployment: Old and New Evidence", March 2009.
"The Case for Four Percent Inflation," Vox EU April, 2013.
"The Myth of Jobless Recoveries", January 2013.
"Ben Bernanke and the zero bound", February 2012.
"Painful Medicine", September 2011.
Testimony on "Federal Debt and the U.S. Economy", Joint Economic Committee, September 2011
"The Unemployment Crisis", January 2011.
"Money, Banking, and Financial Markets", 2nd ed., Worth Publishers, 2011.
"Macroeconomics and the Financial System" (with N. Gregory Mankiw), Worth Publishers, 2011.
Economics 261 -- Monetary Analysis:
Analysis of money, banking, and government debt, with emphasis on coherent models with microeconomic foundations. Topics include barter and commodity money, monetary institutions in historical perspective, international monetary systems; portfolio theory, liquidity, financial intermediation, bank risk, central banking; debts and deficits, savings and investment, the temptation of inflation. The course aims at providing students with the means to analyze monetary questions and institutions.
Economics 302 -- Macroeconomic Theory:
This undergraduate course provides a treatment of macroeconomic theory including a static analysis of the determination of output, employment, the price level, the rate of interest, and a dynamic analysis of growth, inflation, and business cycles. In addition, the use and effectiveness of monetary and fiscal policy to bring about full employment, price stability, and steady economic growth will be discussed.
Economics 605 -- Advanced Macroeconomics:
This is a graduate course covering selected topics in macroeconomics. These include nominal rigidities, dynamic-consistency theories of inflation, inflation inertia and the costs of disinflation, monetary policy, costs and benefits of price stability, benefits of output stabilization, alternative policy rules, measuring inflation, unemployment, efficiency-wage theories, the behavior of the NAIRU, macro in middle-income countries, high inflation and stabilization, currency crises.