Classes

ECON 1746 Financial Crises and Recessions of the 21st Century

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Description: This course will explore the dramatic financial and macroeconomic developments that the United States has experienced over the last two decades. We will look at research on what factors precipitated the boom and bust in the housing market in the early 2000s 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 analyze the policies put in place to stabilize the financial system, limit the economic fallout, and reduce the likelihood of...

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API 121A & B: Recessions, Growth, and Macroeconomic Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Description: Countries around the world have faced significant macroeconomic challenges in the 21st century. The deep global recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic arrived just a few years after recovery from the protracted economic slump that followed the global financial crisis. We will learn some of the key tools that macroeconomists use to understand these developments, explore the specific circumstances and institutions that mattered in each episode, and consider what policies can mitigate the harm of recessions. We will then turn to the macroeconomic challenge...

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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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