Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives

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This three-day program presents tools and frameworks to help executives understand and predict the medium- to long-run performance of economies in order to mitigate risk, develop growth plans, and make investment decisions, both locally and abroad. Participants will leave the program better able to make business decisions that take global markets and macroeconomics into account and how to interpret economic change in the context of their organization.

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Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives
Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $4,900 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 3

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Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives is designed to help business leaders better understand monetary policy and central bank decision making, and how these factors impact the countries in which they operate. This popular program started as a two-day course, but due to participant enthusiasm, it is now offered in a three-day format. This additional time lets participants more thoroughly explore international monetary policy and how the economies across Europe, Asia, and the United States affect one another, especially in times of crises.


Participants in this course gain a deeper understanding of how central banks function, the dynamics of comparative advantage, how contagion occurs, sources of international conflict, and the varied responses of economies to crisis. Executives leave the program with a better understanding of the current global economic environment, its future, its effects on their companies over the mid to long term, and how to assess and navigate macroeconomic challenges.


MIT Sloan Professor Roberto Rigobon brings this content to life. His fun, fast-paced, high-energy teaching style helps to convey how highly relevant macroeconomics are to businesses today. Participants rave about his energy, humor, and passion for the content. They come away equally impressed by his teaching that is rooted in deep experience and first-hand knowledge of global economic leaders and events. Since joining MIT Sloan in 1997, Rigobon has won numerous, consecutive “Teacher of the Year” and “Excellence in Teaching” awards. Additionally, this program attracts a diverse group of global executives who bring firsthand perspectives to a lively classroom discussion, encouraged by Rigobon.

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"Absolutely engrossing, entertaining and enlightening. This is a teacher who is humble enough to share knowledge, but great enough so as to make it fun. For those of us who attended, our lives are changed - never again will we idly listen to the news about quantitative easing, or bond interest rates going up or down, or economic crisis in Greece or the austerity measures in EU... the connections between the world economy and our lives, our own financial prospects as well as our businesses' have been firmly explained and solidified in this short 3-day session. Look forward to learning more."  - Shoma C.

Don't Lie to Me, Argentina

In this MIT Sloan Data Made to Matter podcast episode, Roberto Rigobon discusses the Billion Prices Project which uses online data collected from around the world to conduct economic research. Their goal is to measure every aspect of life accurately, starting with the real rate of inflation in Argentina.