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Markets & Regulation
Finance & Policy
Social & Economic Inequality

This course will examine the choices households make about important financial decisions and how these individual choices can impact the aggregate economy.  Each week, basic predictions from economic theory will be discussed and compared with empirical findings.  Topics will include: asset market participation and household portfolio choice; human capital and student loans; housing and mortgages; retirement planning; credit card debt; payday loans; and the gig/sharing economy.  Focus will also be placed on government policies affecting these topics, including so-called household financial engineering, the creation of Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) like "Fannie" and "Freddie," and regulatory agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Students are expected to read assigned papers.  Additional assignments include problem sets, an in-class presentation, and a replication and extension exercise of a published paper. These assignments will require students to work in R, Stata or other statistical package of the student's choice.


Must have completed PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II and PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II or equivalent to enroll.