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EC988 - The Economics of Financial Markets

  • Module code: EC988
  • Module name: The Economics of Financial Markets
  • Department: Economics
  • Credit: 18

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of the module is to provide students with a thorough understanding of how the prices of financial assets are determined in markets. In particular, how asset prices reflect preferences for time, uncertainty and risk, beliefs, wealth and information held by market participants and how macroeconomic variables affect the return of those assets.

Principal learning outcomes

Demonstrate awareness and understanding of key concepts and an understanding of the standard models (CAPM, CCAPM, ICAPM, APT, etc). Students should understand how researchers have tested these models and be able to challenge theories based on the empirical evidence. Students are expected to develop familiarity of the way financial markets operate. They should develop analytical skills in understanding and manipulating complex ideas and problem-solving skills in applying models to real world problems.

Timetabled teaching activities

18 Lecture hours and 3 Support and Feedback classes.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
18 CATS (Module code: EC988-18)
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (May) 100%
B1 (Examination only) 2 hour examination (May) Set up for scheduling purposes 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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