Classes

The Personal Finance Workshop

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020
The inaugural Personal Finance Workshop was held in April 2019.  We plan to offer it again in Spring 2020; dates TBA. The Personal Finance Workshop is a free, non-credit workshop offered by the Harvard Economics Department that meets weekly for four weeks.  The content is structured and motivated by current and forthcoming financial issues and challenges that align with students’ lives. The Workshop is open to all Harvard College students and aims to increase students’ understanding of key issues in personal...
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ECON 1746: The Financial Crisis and the Great Recession

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

This course will explore what lessons we can draw from the experience of the U.S. economy during the financial crisis and Great Recession. We will look at research on what factors precipitated the boom and bust in the housing market and how the resulting mortgage crisis rippled through the global financial system and ultimately generated the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. We will learn not only about the macroeconomic consequences of these events but also about the high human costs. We will analyze the policies the government used to stabilize the financial...

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API 121: Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
This course will teach students the basic tools of macroeconomics, with a focus on how to apply them to real-world economic policy. We will begin by exploring the tools used by economists to understand how living standards have evolved over time and why they differ across countries; we will also evaluate what policymakers can do to promote long-run sustainable and inclusive growth. The course will then turn to periods of economic...
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