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You are requested to compile a report regarding the macroeconomic environment in two countries where the firm operates and explain how it might affect the company’s economic activity.
SOE11531 Business Economics and Finance in a Global Environment
Project 1 Assessment
A. Project question
A major multinational corporation has appointed you as an economic advisor. You are requested to compile a report regarding the macroeconomic environment in two countries where the firm operates and explain how it might affect the company’s economic activity.
B. Project specifications
You may choose to focus your analysis on any existing firm with international activity that can be of different types in the two countries.
The two countries must be chosen from
section C below as follows: one country from List 1 and one country from List 2. Your report must include:
A brief description of the company and the product/market it operates in for both countries.
An analysis of the market structure in which your company operates for the two countries.
A comparative analysis of all major macroeconomic indicators (see section D below, excluding 5 and 8) for the two countries and their overall impact on firm’s economic activity.
An analysis of the monetary and fiscal policy (instruments) for the two countries and their impact on the firm’s economic activity. You must include here an analysis of the interest rates (Section D, indicator 5).
An analysis of the foreign trade policy instruments (international trade agreements) for the two countries and their impact on firm’s economic activity. You should include here an analysis of the exchange rates (Section D, indicator 8).
C. Country Lists
D. Macroeconomic indicators 1 to be analysed (the last available 10 years):
1. GDP growth rate
2. GDP per capita at constant prices
3. Inflation rate (CPI)
4. Unemployment rate (ILO measure)
5. Interest rate (Monetary Policy Rate)
6. General government balances (% of GDP)
7. Balance of Payments (% of GDP)
8. Exchange rates (National Currency/USD OR National Currency/Euro)
1 We recommend that you use the IMF database to collect your data for most of these macroeconomic indicators.
2 Data available from the relevant Central Banks websites
E. Project 1 Submission Guidelines
2,500 words, +/- 10% (excluding tables, graphs, footnotes and references)
Arial 12 fonts, 1 ½ spacing, justified text
A minimum of 20 references using APA Referencing Style (textbooks, official data and information sources)
F. Marking criteria and weights
Brief description of the company and analysis of the market structure in which the company operates for the two countries
Data collection, comparative analysis of major macroeconomic indicators and impact on firm’s economic activity
Analysis of the monetary, fiscal and foreign trade policy for the two countries and their impact on firm’s economic activity
Report structure, presentation and references