What is the role of financial 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.

Certificate in Economic Policy

The Certificate in Economic Policy offered by the Center for Economic Policy integrates the study of financial markets with public policy and regulation. The certificate curriculum provides students with required and elective courses focused on Economic Policy and Financial Markets. The center also undertakes targeted and focused research programs relevant to finance 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 financial markets, positions that require a combination of strong economic training, technical skills, and understanding of financial markets.

Thomas Coleman


Thomas Coleman

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