ECON 517 Economic Transition in East Asia (Same as Economics 387) (Not offered 2004-2005)*

This course will examine the ways that economic transition has transformed East Asia over the past twenty years. We will compare and contrast reform policies in China, Vietnam, and Russia (with a focus on Russian Northeast Asia). We will build an understanding regarding the way different reform policies have affected these countries and the rest of East Asia. We will pay particular attention to the way market reforms have affected rural areas. Time permitting, we will discuss ways that reform might occur in North Korea when it opens to the West. Requirements: a midterm, final paper, four to five problem sets, three papers of 5-7 pages each. Prerequisites: Economics 251 or 501. Undergraduate enrollment limited and only accepted with instructor's permission.