ECON 463 Financial History (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

This course opens with a brief survey of some of the major characteristics, issues, and challenges of financial systems today, and then examines earlier experience with these phenomena. Topics to be examined include: the role of finance in economic development historically; the relationship between finance and government, and the extent to which it has changed over time; the lessons from early asset bubbles for modern financial systems; the effect of institutions (laws, norms, and culture) and political systems in shaping the impact of finance, as illustrated by comparisons between Mexico and the U.S., among other cases; and lessons from U.S. financial history for policies today. The course also examines the tools that were developed in earlier epochs to deal with different risks, evaluates their efficacy, and considers lessons for modern financial regulation.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will consist either of 6 short papers or 3 short papers and one longer research paper (student choice), at least one oral presentation, and contributions to class discussions
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Prerequisites: ECON 251, 252, and 255
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1315
ECON 463 SEM Financial History (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Gerard Caprio
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