ECON 352
Financial Development and Regulation Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as ECON352 / ECON510

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This course focuses on the financial system and its role in economic development. The first part explores the functions of finance, how it contributes to growth and income inequality, examining what can be done to increase financial inclusion. It will examine experiences with financial sector repression and subsequent liberalization, and investigate the causes and impact of financial crises. Then it will study how to make finance effective and how to prevent or minimize crises, analyzing government’s role as regulator, supervisor, standard setter, contract enforcer, and owner. In this final part, attention will be devoted to the role of institutions (laws, norms, culture) and incentives in financial sector development.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20-25
Class#: 3227
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, participation in class discussion and debates, and a final research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: for undergraduates, POEC 253 or ECON 255; undergraduate enrollment limited and requires instructor's permission
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: GBST Economic Development Studies Electives; POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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