What is the role of markets in developing economic policy?

The Center for Economic Policy's mission is to educate students on financial markets and securities and provide an integrated view of how these markets interact in a general equilibrium context, as well as the economic tools to analyze the regulatory and legal framework in which financial markets operate.

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.

Certificates: Finance & Policy and Markets & Regulation

The Center for Economic Policy is responsible for two certificates: Finance & Policy and Markets and Regulation. Both certificates aim to integrate the study of markets with public policy. The certificate curricula provide students with required and elective courses. The center also undertakes targeted and focused research programs relevant to finance, markets, and public policy, in the University of Chicago tradition that ties education closely with rigorous and disciplined research.

The center aims to train certificate holders for positions at government agencies and private institutions that operate at the intersection of economic policymaking and markets, positions that require a combination of strong economic training, technical skills, and understanding of financial markets.

Center-Sponsored Activities

The History of Chicago Economics

The Center, together with Thomas Coleman from Harris Public Policy and Allen Sanderson from the University of Chicago Griffin Department of Economics, is hosting a quarterly series of lectures about the people and ideas that have animated economics at Chicago and in the world more widely.

Center for Economic Policy Speaker Series

The Center invites speakers to discuss with students important issues in economic policy and markets. Topics and speakers scheduled for March are

  • Government policy vs. market reality in the energy industry, with Anastasia Shcherbakova (Assistant Professor Texas A&M, Harris PhD 2010), March 7 ( RSVP)
  • Approaches to Impact Investing: Professor Thomas Coleman will lead a panel discussion with three experts exploring the field of impact investing – the overall landscape and latest trends, as well as career paths in the field. Our guests (John Oxtoby, Vice President and Director of Impact Investing, Ariel Investments; Jon Samuels, Partner, Vistria; Priya Parrish, Managing Partner, Impact Engine) will discuss how and why different types of investors integrate impact and ESG considerations into their investment process. March 14, 4-5:30pm ( RSVP)
Thomas Coleman


Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman is a Lecturer at the Harris School - focused on teaching students about financial markets.