ECON 363 Fall 2014 Money and Banking

This course first explores the role of the financial system and financial markets, and how they interact with the economy. What does finance do? How are asset prices determined, and how are these prices related to interest rates? Are financial markets efficient, and what are the implications of their efficiency or lack thereof? How does the financial system help with the management of risks faced by society? Second, it analyzes the role of the central bank and the conduct of monetary policy. How do central banks set monetary policy and how do those policies effect the economy? How does monetary policy change when interest rates are (virtually) zero? Third, it studies the complexities associated with managing and regulating modern financial instruments and markets. Why are financial crises so common, and why has regulation not succeeded in preventing them?
Class Format: lecture and discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, midterm, a debate and/or presentation, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: ECON 252
Enrollment Preference: Economics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1476
ECON 363 - 01 (F) LEC Money and Banking Division 2: Social Studies Kenneth N. Kuttner
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Hopkins Hall 002 1476
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