Course Detail

The FinTech Revolution (35123)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Zingales, Luigi
  • Content
    Between the 11th and the 14th century three legal innovations changed the economic and financial history of the world: fiat money (11th century in China), double entry accounting (14th century in Italy), and limited liability corporations (11th century Italy). Accounting, banking, financing, and monetary policy as we know them today were all the result of these innovations. Blockchain, virtual currencies, and smart contracts promise to trigger an-equally important revolution in the 21st century. This course will walk the students through the challenges and the opportunities this technology offers, as well as the regulatory problem it raises. After a brief introduction on the technology itself, the course will focus on

    1) the changes digital currencies will bring to monetary policy and financing;

    2) the changes the blockchain technology will bring to accounting, trading, and investment banking;

    3) the opportunities provided by peer-to-peer lending.

  • Grades
    • Individual Write-Up: 30% -- You are required to submit an individual write-up for one of the three cases.

    • Participation: 35% -- All students are expected to attend class and participate in class discussions on a regular basis. All students should be prepared to informally present answers to write-up questions in class.

    • Final Exam: 35% -- There will be an individual final that will cover the core topics from the course. I will provide more details on the exam during the first day of class.

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2019Section: 35123-01T 8:30AM-11:30AMHarper CenterC02
  • Spring 2019Section: 35123-81T 6:00PM-9:00PMGleacher Center200
Description and/or course criteria last updated: July 1 2017