Mehdi completed a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University and a M.S. and a Ph.D in Economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.A. His extensive experience in the banking and finance sector includes positions as Executive Director, Bank Refah and Bank Omran, Tehran, Iran
John completed a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, Master of Economics from the University of New England and a M.A and PhD in Economics from Duke University, USA. He spent 22 years as an academic economist at the University of New South Wales, Australia including the Head of Depart
Financial sector decisions have a decisive impact on economic performance. Financial affairs used to be reported on the back pages of newspapers but are front page news today. The authors present a primer on how financial markets are conventionally analyzed. They present the basic models and approaches to understanding banking, finance and monetary management in both closed and open economies and some of the pressing policy concerns. Readers are provided with a more knowledgeable base on which to evaluate financial market performance and global financial instability issues.