Francesco Brindisi
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy

Francesco Brindisi is the Director of Policy Research and the Chief Microeconomist for the NYC Office of Management and Budget.  Prior to OMB, Professor Brindisi worked for six years at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, where he worked on a variety of issues including labor market analysis, tax policy, and economic development.  He holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2138.001 Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy

This course teaches the principles of macroeconomic policy in an international setting. The course focuses on developing a framework for understanding the forces that determine output, employment, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, the trade deficit, and other key macroeconomic variables. This framework is used to evaluate different macroeconomic policies in the context of different national economic environments.

By the end of the course, students will understand: (1) How an open macroeconomy functions, and why there are business cycles. (2) The role of the Federal Reserve and other central banks, and the challenges they face in designing and implementing good monetary policy. (3) The impacts of fiscal policy choices such as government budget deficits and large levels of public debt.

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