The global financial crisis that began in 2007 has been the most severe since the Great Depression, and is more complex than that episode. Understanding this crisis...More >>
The global financial crisis that began in 2007 has been the most severe since the Great Depression, and is more complex than that episode. Understanding this crisis and the responses of central banks and other authorities will help business decision-makers and investors assess financial opportunities and risks in normal times. This course examines lessons from the crisis as viewed by a market practitioner. International comparisons during the current crisis will be used to illuminate key issues. Comparison and contrast with past crises and policy actions also will play an important role. Along the way, key concepts like information asymmetries and asset bubbles will be explored. The course will be conducted using a combination of lecture, discussion, and case analysis. The teaching style will be socratic, so active class participation will be key. When appropriate, an experienced market practitioner or policymaker will be invited to join in the discussion.
Although formal prerequisites have not been listed, success in this course requires prior (undergraduate or graduate) coursework in intermediate macroeconomics (equivalent to B01.2303 The Global Economy) or in money and banking. Enrolling without such experience would be ill-advised.