ECON 232
Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies Fall 2023
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
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The focus of the course will be on how firms, financial markets, and central banks interact in the economy. Key questions addressed in the course include: How do firms allocate their resources to enhance their value? How are firms evaluated by the financial markets? 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? We will also study the role of the central bank (the Federal Reserve in the US), monetary policy, and government regulation and their impacts on financial decision making. Key questions include: How do central banks set monetary policy and how do those policies affect the economy and the financial decision-making process? How does monetary policy change when interest rates are (virtually) zero?
The Class: Format: lecture; There will be a mix of lecture and discussion.
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1776
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5-7 Problem Sets, Quantitative Exercises, Group Paper, and Final Exam
Prerequisites: ECON 110 and ECON 120
Enrollment Preferences: Sophomore and Junior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: We will use mathematical models, graphs, and data analysis to understand financial decisions at the firm and economy-wide levels.
Attributes: POEC Depth

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