Operate at the intersection of economic policymaking and financial markets.

The Center for Economic Policy seeks to educate students and wider audiences about economic policy and markets, providing students with training in the economic tools to analyze the regulatory and legal framework in which markets operate. Markets and government policy have always been central to economic growth, social welfare, and civil society, with policy decisions and legal frameworks tied to markets and economic outcomes. 

The Economic Policy Certificate currently offers two course sequences that provide students with training in particular domains of expertise. 

Application Process

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

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Requirements

Finance Track (Thomas Coleman, Certificate Director): Financial markets and government policy have always been central to economic growth, social welfare, and civil society. Whether it is the government debt consolidation undertaken by the South Sea Company (and Bank of England) in the early 1700s or the rise in mortgage debt in the United States in the early 2000s, policy decisions and the legal framework in which we operate have always been inextricably linked with financial markets and economic outcomes.

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

  • PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management (may substitute BUS 25000 Investments or BUS 35001 Introductory Finance)
  • PPHA 34410 Corporate Finance (may substitute BUS 35200 Corporate Finance)

And one of the following courses:

  • PPHA 42521 History of Financial Crises
  • PPHA 34500 Macroeconomics for Public Policy (may substitute BUS 33040 Macroeconomics)
  • PPHA 42535 Banking Regulation and Management (formerly titled Financial Regulation)
  • PPHA 35310 International Trade, Banking and Capital Markets (not offered in 2018-2019)
  • PPHA 39404 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy
  • A Harris Policy Labs PPHA 60000 project (with the approval of the Director)

     

Markets and Regulation Track (Kathryn Ierulli, Certificate Director): Evaluating and implementing economic policy requires a deep knowledge of structure and properties of different markets, analysis of characteristic inefficiencies of market structures, tools for welfare-improving policies, and knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of policy alternatives.

With this track students can prepare to work in a variety of policy areas that affect economies and markets, and to analyze the anticipated (and unanticipated) effects policy initiatives have on markets, firms, and individuals.

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

  • PPHA 36940: Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms
  • PPHA 46350: Economics of Regulation

And one of the following courses:

  • PPHA 37110, Competition Policy: Theory and Practice
  • BUS 33923, Advanced Industrial Organization III (Dennis Carlton, Booth School of Business)
  • Econ 26020, Public Sector Economics 
  • PPHA 42535 Banking Regulation and Management (formerly titled Financial Regulation)

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.