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My work with the University of Hong Kong involves mostly research. If you would like to take tutorials with me as part of your University course work (under an approved University course and as allowed by your relevant supervisor), email me at: bmichael@hku.hk


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Over 2,000 executives have sat my courses in various fields... and over 200 students received one-to-one mentoring (known as tutoring) in a wide-array of disciplines. The tutorial method allows the instructor to focus exclusively on the needs of the student -- probing the student's strengths and weaknesses in every meeting in order to focus on skills. For teaching critical thinking skills and applied skills needed for the job, the tutorial method provides an unrivaled approach to education. The descriptions on this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an offer by either me or the University of Hong Kong.



Materials for my US Course on Public Finance

In these slides, I review several core principles from class -- and walk through the cases I presented in class. Remember, repetition is the mother of learning. If the analysis seemed cryptic the first couple of times, keep watching -- it will clear up. These slides are supplemental (I recorded them while traveling), so apologies for the quality.

A Re-introduction to Comparative Public Sector Budgeting and Financial Management

In this slide, we re-review the principles and practices of CPSBFM -- covering the El Paso budget (again) and several other case studies.


Putting it All Together

In these slides, we review core skills for the class -- including finding the main idea of a budget, constructing analyses in Excel, and tying in readings to your case analysis.


Using What You Know

These slides use the Argentine budget (purposely not on your syllabus) to show how to use your new skills as you analyse the cases on the syllabus. We look at using models and deriving tentative hypotheses for further testing.


Using Empirical Methods in CPSBFM

These slides review the skills you will need to assess data, make models, test them and critique them.




Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching

Previous Economics Teaching

Since the mid 2000s, issues in issues in financial sector development have one of the fastest growing areas of international policy work and academic inquiry. Of course, we have done tutorials together in some of the basic areas of economics - particularly international economics and institutional economics. Rapid development in the developing economics (and the increased number of students coming from developing countries) have made my courses in development economics particularly attractive. The year-long course in perspectives and practices in international development made for good training for future careers in the World Bank and the EU.


Previous Teaching in Business

The same skills you learn in the classroom will serve you in the boardroom. My tutorials in corporate valuation and investment in emerging markets has been a favorite among those seeking (or already in) financial careers. Focused less on pure finance (and more on international managerial skills), my courses in international business have tended to attract a broader base. 


The other main area I have tutored in -- most during summer schools -- revolves around introduction to marketing and international marketing.



Public Administration

No student should work for a government administration without being able to turn policy into (administrative) law. My course on legal drafting in international development policy remains on of my most popular courses -- taught originally at the American University of Paris and later by tutorial.

Other courses have focused on the management of specific executive agencies -- including case study sessions dealing with the management of a customs administration and a practicum about running a centre of government. Many governments in Europe have adopted modern centres of government capable of dealing with the complexities of co-ordinating structure and structure across the thousands of ministries, agencies and structures controlled by the executive. There experience remains insightful (if elusive).


Regional Economics

Tutorials on the economics of various regions have included the most popular tutorials on Economic Issues of the European Union.

The other area consists of Transition Economics. Transition Economics, in particular, remains an important topic -- even if the transition period has ended. Many of the models and insights from that time continue to serve as think about transition from economic recession. While not a topic specific in regional economics, my tutorials on Perspectives and Practices in International Development remained popular.


Any discussion of economic policy is impossible without a firm grasp of politics... political theory and game theory (the two ARE related). Close to my heart, I taught political economy of corruption (and an unrelated set of tutorial on the politics of the European Union). No future international civil servant should be hired without taking at least an Introduction to the International Political Economy. However, my favorite subject in this area -- a subject which I think all social scientists should take -- remains topics in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)


Executive Education

Legislative and Regulatory Drafting

Most of these courses have been sit-down mentoring sessions with legal departments in various ministries (mostly ministries of Justice). However, I did hold a public training at the Ukrainian National Academy of Public Administration. You can find out a bit about drafting from that syllabus.

Internal Audit

In-depth knowledge of internal audit easily represents one of the most important skill a manager should have. Most of my trainings with internal audit have consisted of working together on specific audit engagements. I do not have a syllabus yet for any courses I can share publicly. But watch this space for more. 


Campaign Management

These tutorials brought together most of the tutorials I gave in the various topics in economics, politics and public administration. Topics included calculating the vote-yield for various policies proposed by the candidate, and dividing up agendas in order to pass Pareto-improving (but politically unpalatable) policies. I even used skills from operations management once -- calculating the optimum path of speeches in order to touch on various policies (aimed at different constituencies) in order to maximise votes on election day.


Politics represents the highest aspiration of man as a political animal -- the political arena is where we come together to resolve social problems. With a bit of intelligence, politics doesn't have to be as dirty as it can be.


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