Online Easter School on Fiscal Policy and Sovereign Debt Markets

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed

Contact details:


This year’s Easter school will present courses on:

  • Optimal fiscal policy (and computational methods)
  • Topics in sovereign debt and default
  • Secondary markets for sovereign debt (Repo and CDS markets, procyclical and countercyclical margins).

The course will be conducted using the Microsoft Team's platform. The University and the lecturers have extensive experience with online teaching and have state-of-the-art systems to do so, as well as being able to deliver highly interactive lectures.

All sessions will be recorded, though it is expected that participants attend them live, to enable interactions with the lecturers.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at MSc, MRes and PhD students, early researchers, and research staff from central banks, ministries and the private sector, all with some prior experience of macroeconomic modelling.


The lectures will take place via Microsoft Team's meetings, and participants will need to have installed Matlab in their computers for some of the practical sessions. Download a 30-day free trial of Matlab.


Learning and teaching methods

You will be sent computer codes, lecture notes, and slides ahead of the course. You will also receive direct assistance before the school starts in order to set up all the systems ahead of the online events.

There will be opportunities to discuss your projects and research ideas during virtual coffee breaks.

Course contributors

Dr Tamon Asonuma


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Dr Hyungseok Joo

Lecturer in Economics

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Dr Rigas Oikonomou

Reader in Economics

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Professor Mario Pascoa

Professor of Economics

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Dr Kirill Shakhnov

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a:

  • Background in macroeconomics with some knowledge of macro-modelling and dynamic optimisation.
  • Basic knowledge of Matlab programming.
  • Working knowledge of English.

Fees and funding

Fees are to be confirmed

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Please register your interest with us at, so we can let you know when the next course is running.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Centre for International Macroeconomic Studies

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH