Operate at the intersection of economic policymaking and financial markets.

Effective economic policies require a deep understanding of financial markets and regulations, using sophisticated research methods and the latest technologies in data analytics. With the Certificate in Economic Policy, students prepare to make an impact in the government agencies and private institutions at the center of market policy.

Through required and elective Harris courses and research programs at the Center for Economic Policy, students who earn this certificate gain strong economic training, technical skills, and an understanding of financial markets.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.


The certificate will be awarded to students who complete both the following courses:

  • PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management -- Offered in Spring

And one of the following courses:

  • BUS 25000 Investments -- Offered Autumn, Winter, and Spring
  • BUS 35001 Introductory Finance -- Offered in Autumn
  • BUS 35200 Corporate Finance -- Offered in Autumn, Winter, and Spring

And one of the following courses:

  • PPHA 42520 History of Financial Crises -- Offered in Spring
  • PPHA 34500 Macroeconomics for Public Policy --Offered in Winter
  • PPHA 42535 Banking Regulation and Management (formerly titled Financial Regulation) --Offered in Winter
  • PPHA 37110 Competition Policy -- Offered in Autumn and Spring
  • PPHA 34240 Real Estate, Banking, and Household Finance (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PPHA 39404 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy -- Offered in Winter
  • One of the Policy Labs below

Students must earn at least a B- in each of the courses to earn the certificate

No course required for the certificate may be taken pass/fail

Recommended Policy Labs

Fall 2016

  • Oxfam:  Investigation of U.S. Pharmaceutical Companies in India
  • Metropolitan Planning Council:  Local Government Consolidation
  • Cook County Health & Hospitals System: Ambulatory Health Clinic Network Analysis

Winter 2017

  • Metropolitan Planning Council:  Metra Electric Modernization
  • LISC Chicago:  Evaluation of Financial Opportunity Centers
  • Cook County Health & Hospitals System: Ambulatory Health Clinic Network Analysis
  • Cook County Board of Review: Reducing Taxpayer Exposure Associated with Property Tax Appeals