Courses tagged with "Economics & Finance" (317)
What would happen if workers ran their own businesses? Would worker-managed firms make the same decisions as their capitalist counterparts? Could such an economy be efficient? What policies could be deployed to promote a cooperative sector?
This course will focus on these central questions as we discuss the internal impact of employee ownership; productivity, governance and management, as well as the external impact of employee ownership; spillovers for health, democracy, and the local economy.
We will also discuss the simple economic theory of the labour-managed firm. Cooperatives have many attractive features, including high productivity. But they account for a relatively small proportion of GDP in most economies. We analyse possible reasons for this apparent paradox. There is widespread interest around the world in cooperatives as an alternative to the capitalist corporation, particularly since the financial crash of 2008. Economics and other social sciences sharpen the debate on cooperatives. After taking this course, you will be better prepared to participate in public discussion on cooperatives, join a cooperative, or even start a new one.
This course was created in collaboration with the following institutions:
If you really care about the big questions in the economies and societies of the 21st century, such as distributive justice, namely, inequality of income or wealth, and its relationship with economic growth, this course is meant for you. It can truly change your outlook on our world.
This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies. The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.
Great managers are made, not born. Learn about the qualities and skills of great managers in this Business 101 course. Instructor Sherri Hartzell holds both an MBA and Ed.D., so she's an excellent choice to teach you about principles of management.
Start by learning about the different levels of management in organizations and then dive into how good managers lead to great employees. Students of business, budding entrepreneurs and independent online learners alike can benefit from these short, engaging video lessons and interactive online quizzes. Business 101: Principles of Management can prepare you to earn real, widely transferable college credit by taking the Principles of Management CLEP exam or the Excelsior Principles of Management exam .
With a significant increase in high-profile data breaches and cybersecurity threats in the last couple years, it is critical for businesses to learn about the costs and investment decisions around securing their online systems. If you make decisions around IT investments in your job or are interested in learning more about securing your business, this course is for you.
While many businesses think of cybersecurity as a technical problem, this course broadens that view and shows that security failures are caused as often by bad business decisions and incentive systems as by bad technical design.
This course provides an introduction to the field of the economics behind cybersecurity, delivered by four leading research teams from distinguished universities around the world, including:
- Michel van Eeten of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands
- Ross Anderson of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom
- Rainer Boehme of University of Münster in Germany
- Carlos H.Gañán of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands
- Tyler Moore of Southern Methodist University in the USA
It will provide you with the economic concepts, measurement approaches and data analytics to make better security decisions, while helping you to understand the forces that shape the security decisions of other businesses, products and services.
This course will:
- Teach you to make choices on investing in your company’s cybersecurity. We discuss and apply different economic models that help determine the costs and benefits of security investments.
- Arm you with research to make strategic business decisions. We review empirical research into security decisions and incentives of actors. We analyze data on firms in different markets, and apply economic concepts to explain the strategies of attackers.
- Review policy and regulations. We discuss available economic tools to better align the incentives for cybersecurity, including better security metrics, cyber insurance/risk transfer, information sharing, and liability assignment.
This course offers a broad view of the field through lectures and exercises that can apply to both early career professionals as well as senior technical managers.
After finishing this course you will be able to apply economic analysis and data analytics. You will understand the role played by incentives on the adoption and effectiveness of security mechanisms, and on the design of technical, market-based, and regulatory solutions to different security threats.
After successfully completing this course, you will:
- Position yourself as a vital subject matter expert regarding the economic drivers that influence cybersecurity and position your company to move forward and stay competitive.
- Engage confidently with management on opportunities and cybersecurity challenges faced by your industry; analyze emerging security threats and how these threats can be mitigated by effectively addressing real economic problems.
- Learn and assess the issues of investment in cybersecurity, making your company more productive, while saving time and money.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be awarded a DelftX Professional Education Certificate. The TU Delft Extension School offers Continuing Education Units for this course. Participants of EconSec101x who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs).
Enrollment for this course will close on January 29, 2015.
What is DelftX Professional Education?
DelftX online courses with TU Delft’s standard of educational excellence combined with the flexibility and convenience of online learning that today’s professionals require.
What background is required to participate in this course?
Though some previous knowledge in either computer science or economics is recommended, there is no formal prerequisite as all the concepts will be introduced properly. No advance reading is required.
How will this professional education benefit me?
Economics of cybersecurity is designed to be valuable to both individuals and companies because it provides a platform for discussion from various technical perspectives. The concepts delivered through this course can spark idea generation, and the knowledge gained can be applied to any company’s approach to cybersecurity issues. Specific key benefits are:
Position yourself as a vital subject matter expert regarding the economic drivers that influence cybersecurity and position your company to propel forward and stay competitive
Engage confidently with management on opportunities and cybersecurity challenges faced by your industry; analyze emerging security threats and how these threats can be mitigated by effectively addressing real economic problems
Learn and assess the issues of investment in cybersecurity, making your company more productive while saving time and money.
Does this course offer any special value or exclusive experiences to participants?
EconSec101x offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into the economics of cybersecurity guided by the most active researchers in the field. Students will obtain an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
Can I still enroll if the course has started?
Yes, you can enroll until one week after the course start date and still have the opportunity to obtain a certificate.
What types of certificates does DelftX offer?
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be awarded a DelftX Professional Education Certificate.
Can I receive Continuing Education Units?
The TU Delft Extension School offers Continuing Education Units for this course. Participants of EconSec101x who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs)
How do I receive my certificate and CEUs?
Upon successful completion of the course, your certificate can be printed from your dashboard. The CEUs are awarded separately by the TU Delft Extension School.
Can I take this course without going through the ID-verification procedure?
Yes, you can. Please contact student support and indicate that you want to take EconSec101x by paying the fee but without going through ID-verification.
Introduction to a “money view” of economic activity for modern times, building on the intellectual traditions of British central banking and American institutionalism. Part One explores the economics of payment systems and money markets. Part Two explores connections with foreign exchange and capital markets.
Introduction to a “money view” of economic activity for modern times, building on the intellectual traditions of British central banking and American institutionalism. Part One explores the economics of payment systems and money markets. Part Two explores connections with foreign exchange and capital markets. NOTE: The first week of Part Two reviews Part One, so you can take Part Two even if you missed Part One.
Key economic and political challenges related to transition from the centrally planned economy to market system, history of market reforms in Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, the contemporary role of emerging-market economies in the global economy.
Taught by instructors with decades of experience on Wall Street, Electronic Trading in Financial Markets is a comprehensive study of the impact of technology on financial market systems.
This economics and finance course provides students with a foundation in market structure (what is ‘liquidity?’) before building to introduce electronic trading fundamentals (order books) and advanced electronic trading techniques (algorithmic trading). Learners will study the history of technology in markets, the details of electronic trading protocols and the impact of innovation on market structure.
This course is broken down into 6 modules:
- Module 1: Fundamentals of Market Structure
- Module 2: Fundamentals of Electronic Trading
- Module 3: Mechanics of an Order Book
- Module 4: Advanced Electronic Trading
- Module 5: Electronic Trading in Fixed Income
- Module 6: Innovation Guidelines
Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate bearing the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) name. A NYIF certificate, highly valued in the financial industry, will bolster a resume or LinkedIn profile and prove the skills you’ve gained to potential employers.
In the first part of the course, economists from the IMF will introduce the definition and measurement of subsidies, and then describe the economic, social, and environmental implications of subsidies. The second part of the course has two principal purposes: first, to review what works best in energy subsidy reform, in light of country experiences globally; and second, to illustrate successes and failures in particular country contexts by summarizing some case studies.
Whether you are a civil servant working on economic issues for your country or simply interested in better understanding issues related to energy subsidies, this course will provide hands-on training on the design of successful reforms of energy subsidies.
You are welcome to join us in this exciting course!
Energy Subsidy Reform is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Belgium.
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Humanity faces an immense challenge: providing abundant energy to everyone without wrecking the planet. If we want a high-energy future while protecting the natural world for our children, we must consider the environmental consequences of energy production and use. But money matters too: energy solutions that ignore economic costs are not realistic—particularly in a world where billions of people currently can’t afford access to basic energy services. How can we proceed?
Energy Within Environmental Constraints won’t give you the answer. Instead, we will teach you how to ask the right questions and estimate the consequences of different choices.
This course is intended for a diverse audience. Whether you are a student, an activist, a policymaker, a business owner, or a concerned citizen, this course will help you start to think carefully about our current energy system and how we can improve its environmental performance.
- Covers engineering, environmental science, and economics to enable critical, quantitative thinking about our energy system
- Focuses on a working understanding of energy technologies, rich in details of real devices and light on theory; you won’t find any electrodynamics here but will find enough about modern commercial solar panels to estimate if they would be profitable to install in a given location
- Covers environmental impacts of the energy system, focusing on air pollution, climate change, and land use
- Emphasizes costs: the cascade of capital and operating costs from energy extraction all the way through end uses
- Emphasizes quantitative comparisons and tradeoffs: how much more expensive is electricity from solar panels than from coal plants, and how much pollution does it prevent? Is solar power as cost-effective an environmental investment as nuclear power or energy efficiency? And how do we include considerations other than cost?
Please note that this is an abridged course, equivalent to roughly half of a full semester-long undergraduate course. See the syllabus for topics that we include and a list of some we exclude.
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- Smokestack CC-BY Patrick on flickr
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Government works best when citizens are directly engaged in policymaking and public service delivery. What conditions are necessary for inclusive and effective citizen engagement? Can it positively improve people's lives? This course provides an overview of citizen engagement, critically analyzing how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results.
Learn how to make effective decisions about your future career and how to take control of your professional development by honing your critical thinking and employability skills. Suitable for anyone undertaking some form of study, regardless of academic discipline, interests or employment background.
Do you have a business idea, but you’re not sure if it’s going to fly? Or maybe you know you want to be an entrepreneur, but you’re not sure where to start? This business course is for anyone aspiring to be an entrepreneur – regardless of the industry or type of venture you might have in mind.
This course offers an overview of the guiding principles that underpin the entrepreneurial process, providing you with practical tips and grounded theory to evaluate your entrepreneurial opportunity, team and resources. You’ll explore some of the myths and key facts about entrepreneurship, and find out what it takes to be an entrepreneur, so that you can conduct your own self-assessment and identify priorities for your own growth as an entrepreneur. You’ll learn how to unlock your creativity and innovation to help you generate more and better entrepreneurial ideas. And you’ll bring it all together in a capstone activity designed to help you evaluate the entrepreneurial opportunity you have identified.
In this course, you will work with the expert team at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide. They have experience as entrepreneurs and investors and have facilitated the establishment of many successful businesses.
Join us and make your business ideas fly.
Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies aims to engage students in an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the nature of complex health problems throughout the world, with an illustrative focus on South Asia. Students will become acquainted with prior attempts to address these problems, to identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and to propose and develop their own candidate solutions.
Throughout, the emphasis is on individual agency—what can the learner do to address a defined problem? While we use the lens of health to explore entrepreneurial opportunities, students will see that both problems and solutions are inevitably of a multi-disciplinary nature, and we will draw on a range of sectors and fields of study.
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This business and management course takes an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding and solving complex social problems. You will learn about prior attempts to address these problems, identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and propose and develop your own creative solutions.
The focus of this course is on individual agency—what can you do to address a defined problem? While we will use the lens of health to explore entrepreneurial opportunities, you will learn how both problems and solutions are inevitably of a multi-disciplinary nature, and we will draw on a range of sectors and fields of study.
Este curso introduce las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas (o experimentales) como una herramienta para probar y mejorar la eficacia de programas y políticas sociales.
El curso te entregará los conceptos fundamentales para entender en qué consisten las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas, por qué son importantes, cómo se diseñan e implementan, y cómo usar sus resultados.
Combinando clases teóricas y casos de estudio basados en evaluaciones reales, el curso presta atención a aspectos como las virtudes de la metodología experimental, los distintos diseños de aleatorización posibles y qué situaciones pueden poner en riesgo la validez interna de un experimento.
Asimismo, enfatiza otros temas que son relevantes para cualquier tipo de evaluación de programas, tales como medir adecuadamente los resultados de interés, asegurar la calidad de los datos y usar los resultados en el diseño de programas y políticas nuevas.
El curso de Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales está diseñado para múltiples tipos de audiencias: funcionarios de instituciones gubernamentales, ONGs, fundaciones y otras organizaciones que diseñan, implementan o financian programas sociales; así como investigadores, académicos y estudiantes en busca de nuevas herramientas de análisis.
Learn why evaluations matter and how they can be used to rigorously measure the social impact of development programs. This practical course will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations, with pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Through a combination of lectures and case studies from real randomized evaluations, the course will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of an experiment. While the course is centered around the why, how, and when of randomized evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of a needs assessment, measuring outcomes effectively, quality control, and monitoring methods that are useful for all kinds of evaluations.
This social impact course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments, and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.