Financial Markets

Yale,, Spring 2008 , Prof. Robert Shiller

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society - The Universal Principle of Risk Management: Pooling and the Hedging of Risks - Technology and Invention in Finance - Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions (CAPM Model) - Insurance: The Archetypal Risk Management Institution - Efficient Markets vs. Excess Volatility - Behavioral Finance: The Role of Psychology - Human Foibles, Fraud, Manipulation, and Regulation - Guest Lecture by David Swensen - Debt Markets: Term Structure - Stocks - Real Estate Finance and its Vulnerability to Crisis - Banking: Successes and Failures - Guest Lecture by Andrew Redleaf - Guest Lecture by Carl Icahn - The Evolution and Perfection of Monetary Policy - Investment Banking and Secondary Markets - Professional Money Managers and Their Influence - Brokerage, ECNs,Guest Lecture by Stephen Schwarzman - Forwards and Futures - Stock Index, Oil and Other Futures Markets - Options Markets - Making It Work for Real People: The Democratization of Finance - Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis I (Lawrence Summers)


Lecture 25: Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis I (Lawrence Summers)

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Lecture Details

Financial Markets (ECON 252)

Professor Summers, former U. S. Treasury Secretary and former President of Harvard University, in this the first of two lectures in honor of former Yale Professor and Council of Economic Advisors chairman Arthur Okun, offers thoughts on the role of monetary policy in economic fluctuations, past and present. In the "Okun period," ending about when Okun died in 1980, the monetary authorities were very much involved in actually creating economic contractions. Inflation would repeatedly get out of control, the Fed would hit the brakes, and the economy would slow. But, that is not the story of the economic cycles of the last two decades. Recent economic cycles appear to be connected with factors endogenous to the financial system, such as bubbles or cycles of complacency among lending institutions. Summers argues that to understand the financial markets and the economy, we must consider models of multiple equilibria, such as bank run models, where a change in confidence may shift the economy drastically without any change in fundamentals.

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This course was recorded in Spring 2008.



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Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Great course. Thank you very much.