Economics of Financial Markets

Subject ECON30024 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Both of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1
AND one of:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Kei Kawakami


Subject Overview:

The subject is a combination of principle and practice. It provides an overview of the economic principles governing financial markets; then provides insights into some important empirical and practical issues concerning the operation of financial markets; and concludes with a discussion of some practical issues associated with Australian financial markets.

  • Explain and analyse the role of capital markets in consumption and investment decision-making under conditions of certainty and uncertainty.
  • Explain how economic theory applies to financial markets.
  • Describe how economic theory can provide testable restrictions on financial data.
  • Analyse the main empirical results that have been established for financial markets.
  • Critically evaluate economic policy issues associated with financial markets.
  • Synthesise different theories and ideas, such as alternative models of asset pricing and portfolio allocation.
  • Apply theories to the real world - how the shape of yield curves can be used to forecast inflation in Australia for example.
  • Evaluate the relevance of competing theories. For instance, the extent to which alternative analyses can be used to predict the market price of different countries.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%); class assignment(s) totalling approximately 3000 words due in weeks 3 and 12 (40%)

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information.

  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; collaborative learning; team work; statistical reasoning; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Some level of development: use of computer software.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Economics
Economics Major

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