Monetary theory and policy; description of financial institutions and markets.
The course provides an overview of financial institutions in the U.S. economy, including the history and functions of money, financial institutions and markets, central banking, and the conduct of monetary policy.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Identify the different functions of money and how money is related to interest rates;
- Understand how interest rates are determined, as well as the behavior of interest rates, and the risk and term structures of interest rates.
- Demonstrate the importance of financial markets and financial institutions in the economy; identify the essential operations of depository institutions; justify why they are heavily regulated.
- Explain how a nation’s money supply is determined; know the various tools of monetary policy, the role of central banks and the Federal Reserve System, and the conduct of monetary policy.
- Apply principles, theories and models to critically analyze and explain economic situations encountered in the real work that involve money, financial markets and institutions, financial crisis, and actions undertaken by central banks in the development and implementation of monetary policy.
This course requires proctored exams. Details will be provided in the course syllabus.
This course can be applied toward:
ECON 204 (Principles of Macroeconomics).
Prerequisite: Introductory macroeconomics, college algebra.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Money, Banking and Financial Markets (with Connect Plus), 4th Ed. (2015)
Cecchetti, Stephen G. and Schoenholtz, Kermit L.
Students are, at a minimum, required to have access to ConnectPlus with etext. Students can choose to purchase a paper text as well.
Fathalla Barasi is a PhD student and an instructor in the Department of Economics at Colorado State University. Fathalla is originally from Libya. In addition to earning his master’s degree in economics from the University of Benghazi, he worked at that university as a lecture assistant for four years. His research interests include stabilization policies and economic growth.