Economics of Financial Markets

Subject ECON30024 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture 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


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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 assignments totalling approximately 3000 words due in weeks 3 and 12 (15%); a 1-hour mid-semester examination in week 6 (15%); participation in tutorials throughout the semester (10%)

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 Course(s): Master of Commerce (Finance)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Economics
Master of Economics electives

Download PDF version.