Specializations Data Analytics Specialization Education Policy Specialization Energy & Environmental Policy Specialization Finance & Policy Specialization Gender and Policy Specialization Global Conflict Studies Specialization Health Policy Specialization International Policy & Development Specialization Markets & Regulation Specialization Municipal Finance Specialization Social and Economic Inequality Specialization Survey Research Specialization Certificates Outside Harris The Center for Economic Policy seeks to educate students and wider audiences about economic policy and markets, providing students with training in economic tools to analyze the regulatory and legal framework in which markets operate. Markets and government policies regulating them have always been central to economic growth, social welfare, and civil society, with policy decisions and legal frameworks inextricably tied to 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 and the 2008 financial crisis, financial markets and their functioning are inextricably linked with both household behavior and larger economic outcomes and policy decisions. The core Specialization courses teach basic finance tools necessary for understanding financial instruments and markets. Electives provide a broader range of topics related to household finance, international finance, and banking.Learning OutcomesHarris students earning the specialization often go into either the government financial sector (state & local government or central banking) or the private financial sector. Both place a high premium on the following skills and attributes:Subject-area or field knowledge: Knowledge and familiarity with financial markets, financial instruments, and finance theoryAnalytical and quantitative skills: Data analytics, statistics, programmingPractical application of the knowledge and skills to real-world situationsThis specialization teaches the field knowledge but also builds on the substantive analytic training that all Harris students acquire in their core statistics and economics courses, while trying to focus on the practical applications.Harris specializations function as areas of focus within the degree. Specializations assume knowledge of the 6-course Harris Core and build upon that foundation with coursework in specific policy areas or technical skills.Application ProcessThe specialization is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please indicate your intent to pursue this specialization using the Harris Specialization Application Form.For specialization registration questions, please reach out to email@example.com.Planning for the SpecializationFor information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by specialization. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter the class will be offered will vary. Specialization RequirementsThe specialization requires completion of two required courses, along with one additional elective course. Students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course. No specialization course may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. Students should complete the formal signup process to indicate their intention to pursue the specialization.Required courseStudents must complete one of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management BUSN 35000 InvestmentsBUSN 35001 Introductory Finance (may be counted only once toward a requirement)PPHA 36101 Financial Investments for Public PolicyRequired courseStudents must complete one of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:PPHA 34410 Corporate Finance BUSN 35200 Corporate Finance BUSN 35001 Introductory Finance (may be counted only once toward a requirement) Elective coursesStudents must complete one of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:PPHA 34500 Macroeconomics for Public Policy or BUSN 33040 MacroeconomicsPPHA 35310 International Trade, Banking and Capital MarketsPPHA 36150 Environmental, Social, Corporate Governance, and Impact InvestingPPHA 39404 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax PolicyPPHA 39530 Macroeconomic PolicymakingPPHA 42521 History of Financial CrisesPPHA 42535 Banking Regulation and ManagementPPHA 60000 Policy Lab (with permission of the Specialization Director)BUSN 30000 Financial Accounting (must fill out specialization substitution form here)BUSN 30131 Advanced Financial Analysis and Valuation of Global FirmsBUSN 33050 Macroeconomics and the Business EnvironmentBUSN 33502 International Financial PolicyBUSN 34101 Entrepreneurial Finance and Private EquityBUSN 35126 Quantitative Portfolio ManagementBUSN 35201 Cases in Financial ManagementBUSN 35210 International Corporate FinanceBUSN 35214 Debt Distress & RestructuringFINM 32600 Computing for Finance in C++Not offered in 2023-2024 PPHA 34241 Household Finance: Theory and ApplicationsPPHA 42550: Cryptocurrencies, DeFi and the Blockchain: Markets, Regulation and PolicyRecommended Co-Curricular ActivityStudents are recommended to attend two events in the “Harris Speakers on Economic Policy and Markets” or “History of Chicago Economics” speaker series during their second year.Specialization ContactThomas Coleman, Specialization DirectorThomas Coleman, Specialization DirectorEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer Thomas Coleman Thomas Coleman is a Lecturer at the Harris School - focused on teaching students about financial markets.