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    I suddenly realized that I don't know anything about current economic affairs. (Don't read economist, any newspaper, don't watch the news etc.)

    Would anyone please like to help the hopeless applicant and maybe give a list of topics that might be relevant? Like

    1. economic depression
    2. mortgage funds
    3. situation in Greece

    or something like that.

    My ignorance is really getting to me and I want to start researching some issues into depth but I don't know where to start. Would anyone please like to help? I don't need any explanations. Just the topics...

    I appreciate your help!
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    Some that I can think of from the top of my head:

    1 - The depression
    2 - UK's fiscal budget
    3 - Greece/Portugal/Italy situations
    4 - The rise of China
    5 - Rise of other BRIC countries
    6 - China/US exchange rate disagreements
    7 - Euro crisis

    Strongly suggest following the BBC site for the general low-down. For further reading, I'd say get your hands on The Economist. It's a very interesting read, you'll learn alot about all sorts of topical issues - not strictly related to economics.
    I would suggest The Guardian as a newspaper but I'm losing faith with almost all papers now, the Financial Times would probably do but I don't read it. Just try to avoid journalist-hysterics sort of media, go for stuff from economists. Listening to Radio 4 may also prove useful sometimes.

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    Thank you very much! It's very helpful.

    I'm going to look into those topics now.

    Anyone else have any ideas?
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    whether DSGE models are bull**** or not.

    ah i thought you meant academic issues. since you mean current affairs i cant really contribute as i dont follow those much.
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    Climate change and energy policies (carbon tax,emission trading)
    Globalisation
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    i would add the causes and impacts of quantitative easing policies.
 
 
 
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