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With International Relations being one of Tufts’s most popular majors, odds are most Jumbos have had at least some exposure to basic economic principles. But whether you’re an econ-savvy Jumbo or one who chose another path, you’re bound to enjoy Tufts Economics Society’s new blog. In it, they discuss the current economic climate, things they learn in their classes, and musings on how economics affect our daily lives. Pierre Chalon, A14, wrote one of these posts and chose to focus on the Big Mac Index, common knowledge in the world of economics that simplifies our understanding of exchange rates.

“Here’s the interesting part. To simplify this theory and make it more accessible to people not necessarily knowledgeable about currency fluctuations, in 1986, The Economistmagazine published the ‘Big Mac Index,’ essentially a data table with prices of a single Big Mac burger in many countries in local currencies. The idea was to make the basket of goods merely a McDonald’s Big Mac burger so as to determine whether currencies were being over or under valued. How? Let me give an example. Let’s say the average Big Mac in America costs US$3.22 and 509 Kronur in Iceland (US$ 7.22 at the market exchange rate). This implies a PPP of 158 Kronur for a dollar (where they would equalize). We then compare the exchange rate of the currencies to the cost of a Big Mac to see where it would be cheaper overall to buy it. In this case, the actual dollar exchange rate is 68.4, meaning that the Icelandic krona is currently being over-valued by 131% and it should (in theory), depreciate against the US dollar.

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“Financial Folk” Music

Ryan Stotland and Kyle Thompson-Westra, both A08, met as undergrads studying quantum economics at Tufts, and upon graduating, they blended their passion for economics and music to create a #nerdybutawesome band they named “The Bull and the Bear.” The band focuses on singing about the economy in an earthy and folky vibe.

Check out the band’s full album “The Recession Sessions.” In true Jumbo spirit, a portion of every sale will be used to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition!

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Islam and Finance

Professor Ibrahim Warde, an adjunct professor of International Business at the Fletcher School, was interviewed by Lisa Murphy of Bloomberg Television last month. Professor Warde, who is the author of the forthcoming book Islam and Economics, discusses Islamic finance and banking principles in the following video clip:

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