Course Detail

Money and Banking (33401)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Kroszner, Randall
  • Content
    This course analyzes the operation and regulation of financial institutions and the impact of Central Bank actions on securities markets and the economy, with particular emphasis on the financial crisis and the response by the Federal Reserve. The first half of the course focuses on how financial innovation and regulatory reform is dramatically changing the role of banks and other intermediaries in the financial system and how the banking and financial system will likely adapt to these reforms in the future. We analyze whether various regulatory reform proposals are likely to enhance or reduce the stability and soundness of the financial markets and the economy, drawing on examples from the recent and historical crises worldwide.

    The second half of the class builds on the understanding of the banking system from the first half to investigate the macroeconomic consequences of Central Bank activities. Topics include how the Federal Reserve and banks create money, how the Fed intervenes in securities markets and attempts to affect interest rates, the impact of Fed policy on inflation and the boom-and-bust cycle, and the causes and consequences of inflation and deflation. In particular, we study the response to the crisis by the Fed and central banks around the globe and the exit strategies from extraordinary monetary policy. We also evaluate what the Central Bank should or should not do and the political pressures it faces in its decision-making process.

  • Prerequisites
    Business 33001 and 33040, or their equivalents. NOTE: 33001 is STRICT.
  • Materials
    The most recent edition of Frederic Mishkin, The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets, Randall Kroszner and Robert Shiller, Reforming US Financial Markets, and articles on Library Course Reserve. Since there will be a heavy emphasis in class discussion on current developments in financial markets and monetary policy both domestically and internationally, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times are highly recommended.
  • Grades
    Based primarily on a mid-term, a final exam, homework assignments, and class participation. No auditors. Can provide provisional grades as long as student has passed the midterm and has been submitting weekly homework and participating in class. No early final grades allowed. 
    • Allow Provisional Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

    • No auditors

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2024Section: 33401-01T 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC02In-Person Only
  • Spring 2024Section: 33401-02W 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC02In-Person Only
  • Spring 2024Section: 33401-81T 6:00PM-9:00PMGleacher Center304In-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: June 2 2023