ECON 232
Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies Fall 2017 Division II; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
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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 affect 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?
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1139
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, midterm, a debate and/or presentation, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ECON 110 and ECON 120
Distributions: Division II; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses;

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