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 regulating them have always been central to economic growth, social welfare, and civil society, with policy decisions and legal frameworks tied to markets and economic outcomes. 

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.

Thomas Coleman, Certificate Director

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.

Certificate Requirements

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

  • PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management (may substitute BUS 35000 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
  • PPHA 35310 International Trade, Banking and Capital Markets
  • PPHA 39404 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy
  • PPHA 34241 Household Finance: Theory and Applications (accepted as a certificate elective substitute) 
  • A finance-oriented Harris Policy Labs PPHA 60000 project (with the approval of the Certificate Director)

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.