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The Global Financial Crisis

Yale University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Finance
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 11 weeks long

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Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner and Professor Andrew Metrick survey the causes, events, policy responses, and aftermath of the recent global financial crisis.

Syllabus

Introduction to The Global Financial Crisis


The Common Causes of Financial Crises


Housing and Mortgages


Safe Assets and the Global Savings Glut


The Housing Crisis


Anxiety, Part I


Anxiety, Part II


Panic


Our Responses to the Crisis


Responding to Future Crises


Europe in the Global Financial Crisis


The Eurozone Crisis


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Taught by

Andrew Metrick and Timothy Geithner

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Henrik W
5.0 3 years ago
by Henrik completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I really liked this course. It is a detailed acount of how the global financial crisis came about, starting with the housing crisis (including sub-prime) and the global savings glut. It continues with how the anxiety started and spread through the global financial system, turning in to a full-blown panic. Next is the measures taken to combat the crisis, and the course ends with describing the double dip recession in the euro zone.

There are two presenters of the course, professor Andrew Metrick of Yale, and Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury during the crisis. Professor M…
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Ken S
4.0 3 years ago
by Ken completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Henrik Warne's review is spot-on; I will not duplicate what he said. Just want to add that although Timothy Geithner is the headliner, he only made an appearance in 3 of 11 weeks. Andrew Metrick did all the heavy lifting, and he is both a good explainer of ideas and notably better than Geithner.

In my opinion the course could be improved with a head-on examination of critics' viewpoints regarding the crisis and the response to it. There should be an entire lecture, near the end of the course, where the critics' arguments are laid out one-by-one and rebutted (or perhaps agreed with). As-is, the class is primarily a financial-history class which mostly takes for granted that the response to each phase of the crisis was appropriate.

My goal in taking the class was simply to have a more educated opinion on what happened and why, and that goal was reached. I recommend taking this class.
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Antoine C
4.0 a year ago
by Antoine completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
A clear synthesis of a complex world-wide crisis . Both lecturers gave me a detailled chronology of the several steps of the failures . The quizzes are very easy and only useful to motivate the learner . Highly recommended course by brilliant lecturers .
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5.0 3 years ago
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Not just best online course I have taken but best course I have ever take. Professor Metrick is awesome. If you have an interest I the GFC take it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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