Politics and economics are inextricably connected. Electoral pressure and institutional constraints can lead policymakers to choose inefficient policies that have important redistributive implications. In this course, we will consider a variety of economic policy domains including but not limited to currency and trade policies as well as governments' treatment of multinational corporations and labor migration. For each issue area there will be a brief introduction into the basic economic theory, which will allow us to then explore how the politicized policymaking process can lead to deviations from the "optimal" economic policy. We will extend this analytical exercise to several ongoing debates over the regulation of cryptocurrency (i.e., Bitcoin), signing of international trade agreements (NAFTA, TPP), and labor migration and remittance policies, among others.