Courses tagged with "Economics & Finance" (323)
This course is designed to introduce students to basic microeconomic theory at a relatively rapid pace without the use of complicated mathematics. The focus will be on fundamental economic principles that can be used by managers to think about business problems, including those that arise from coordinating workers and managers inside firms and from dealing with outside market forces and government policies.
A course driven by 20 practical questions about wireless, web, and the Internet, about how products from companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Ericsson, HP, Skype and AT&T work. In this offering, we will cover 7 of the 20 questions, and you will have the opportunity to personalize your own learning experience by choosing which of the versions suits you best.
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of financial engineering and risk management. We consider the pricing of derivatives, portfolio optimization and risk management and cast a critical eye on how these are used in practice. We will also feature some interview modules with Emanuel Derman .
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The resources available to individuals and society and the prices of goods in the market shape our choices - even about the food we eat and the weight at which we live. This course explores the economic motivation for consumer choice and the economic role of government in markets related to obesity.
Behavioral economics couples scientific research on the psychology of decision making with economic theory to better understand what motivates financial decisions. In A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior, you will learn about some of the many ways in which we behave in less than rational ways, and how we might overcome our shortcomings. You’ll also learn about cases where our irrationalities work in our favor, and how we can harness these human tendencies to make better decisions.
Networked Life will explore recent scientific efforts to explain social, economic and technological structures -- and the way these structures interact -- on many different scales, from the behavior of individuals or small groups to that of complex networks such as the Internet and the global economy.
All of us are affected by macroeconomic forces – they shape the very world we live in. And governments all around the world try to shape those forces in ways that (hopefully) improve the lives of their constituents. In this subject, we will examine the major theories used by macro economists to analyse national economies and the international economy.
Topics covered in a traditional college level introductory macroeconomics course. Circular Flow of Income and Expenditures. Parsing Gross Domestic Product. More on Final and Intermediate GDP Contributions. Investment and Consumption. Income and Expenditure Views of GDP. Components of GDP. Examples of Accounting for GDP. Real GDP and Nominal GDP. GDP Deflator. Example Calculating Real GDP with a Deflator. Introduction to Inflation. Actual CPI-U Basket of Goods. Inflation Data. Moderate Inflation in a Good Economy. Stagflation. Real and Nominal Return. Calculating Real Return in Last Year Dollars. Relation Between Nominal and Real Returns and Inflation. Deflation. Velocity of Money Rather than Quantity Driving Prices. Deflation Despite Increases in Money Supply. Deflationary Spiral. Hyperinflation. Unemployment Rate Primer. Phillips Curve. Interest as Rent for Money. Money Supply and Demand Impacting Interest Rates. The Business Cycle. Aggregate Demand. Shifts in Aggregate Demand. Long-Run Aggregate Supply. Short Run Aggregate Supply. Demand-Pull Inflation under Johnson. Real GDP driving Price. Cost Push Inflation. Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Tax Lever of Fiscal Policy. Breakdown of Gas Prices. Short-Run Oil Prices. Keynesian Economics. Risks of Keynesian Thinking. Overview of Fractional Reserve Banking. Weaknesses of Fractional Reserve Lending. Full Reserve Banking. Money Supply- M0 M1 and M2. Simple Fractional Reserve Accounting part 1. Simple Fractional Reserve Accounting (part 2). MPC and Multiplier. Mathy Version of MPC and Multiplier (optional). Consumption Function Basics. Generalized Linear Consumption Function. Consumption Function with Income Dependent Taxes. Keynesian Cross. Details on Shifting Aggregate Planned Expenditures. Keynesian Cross and the Multiplier. Investment and Real Interest Rates. Connecting the Keynesian Cross to the IS-Curve. Loanable Funds Interpretation of IS Curve. LM part of the IS-LM model. Government Spending and the IS-LM model. Balance of Payments- Current Account. Balance of Payments- Capital Account. Why Current and Capital Accounts Net Out. Accumulating Foreign Currency Reserves. Using Reserves to Stabilize Currency. Speculative Attack on a Currency. Financial Crisis in Thailand Caused by Speculative Attack. Math Mechanics of Thai Banking Crisis.
Learn mathematical and statistical tools and techniques used in quantitative and computational finance. Use the open source R statistical programming language to analyze financial data, estimate statistical models, and construct optimized portfolios. Analyze real world data and solve real world problems.
This course will provide a market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. Lectures and readings will provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting principles, asset valuation, the operation and efficiency of financial markets, the financial decisions of firms, and derivatives.