What is Financial Economics?
Financial economics is a discipline concerned with determining value and making decisions. Major topics include pricing financial assets, financing corporations, portfolio management, evaluating financial risks, banks and financial intermediation, corporate governance, and financial market regulation. Knowledge of modern finance is crucial for those looking for a greater understanding of topics in economics and public policy, such as exchange rate determination, international capital flows, monetary and fiscal policy, and financial reform in developing economies, regulation, and antitrust policy.
The Financial Economics Sequence
The financial economics sequence requires a minimum of 5 courses, consisting of four parts: prerequisite courses in mathematics, statistics, and economics; core finance courses; elective courses; and an oral defense of an independent research project (or senior thesis) that addresses a financial economics topic.
For more information please consult the CMC catalog.
Please see Professor Joshua Rosett, Director of the Financial Economics Institute, for questions or more detailed information about the recommended courses. For additional questions about quantitative courses and careers in Financial Engineering see Professor Mike O'Neill, Department of Mathematics.