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Review 'The author should be congratulated on producing a first-class graduate text. The book has a breathtaking scope, spanning traditional monetary approaches to general equilibrium models under both perfect and imperfect competition in a clear, rigorous and lucid style. It will be of enormous value to postgraduate students in international macroeconomics.' Andrew Snell, University of Edinburgh Read more From the Back Cover This short, concrete, and to-the-point book guides students through this vast field of conflicting opinions. The book starts from the premise that students benefit most from seeing a balanced treatment of all available views. For instance, it provides coverage of both ad hoc and optimizing models and also explores divisions such as flexible price versus sticky price models, rationality versus irrationality, and calibration versus statistical inference. By giving consideration to each of these 'mini debates,' this book shows how each approach has its good and bad points. International Macroeconomics and Finance also excels in its integration of theoretical and empirical issues: the theory is introduced by developing the canonical model in a topic area and then its predictions are evaluated quantitatively. Both the calibration method and standard econometric methods are covered. To avoid the 'black-box' perception that students sometimes develop, almost all of the results presented here are derived step-by-step from first principles. A conversational, logical presentation also makes this a supreme learning tool. Read more See all Editorial Reviews