T101 | Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics and Finance


9:30 - 11:00 a.m.


9/20, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

Five Sessions 

Limit 35 Participants

This course introduces participants to the economics underlying current public policy issues in macroeconomics and finance. During our sessions we will address questions such as: 1) Where is the macroeconomy headed in the next few months; 3) Why has inflation risen and what can the Fed do about it; 3) Do we need to worry about federal deficits; 4) Are there benefits as well as costs to recent financial innovations such as credit default swaps; 5) Are crypto currencies and their underlying technologies just a fad, or will they be a lasting part of our future? No previous training in economics is necessary. Readings for each class will come from sources such as the New York Times and the Economist and will be made available on a class web site. 

This class will be interactive with lively discussions. The expectation is that participants will have their cameras on during class.


Geoffrey R. Woglom is the Richard S. Volpert '56 Professor of Economics; Emeritus at Amherst College.

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