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Fall 2013 - 63810 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics

Central Banking & Congressional Investigations

Instructor(s): Auerbach, Robert D.
Unique Number: 63810
Day & Time: Th 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.219/216
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Course Overview

Students are required to take an additional three-hour course in policy economics, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of economic theory and techniques to a specific area of public policy. Course options include macroeconomics, public finance, regulation, international trade and finance, natural resources and environmental policy, health policy, transportation policy, human resource development, urban and regional economic development, international development, education policy, social policy, and labor economics. Not all options are offered every year. This course is usually taken in the second year. 

Section Description

The central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, is the most powerful peacetime bureaucracy in the federal government. Its actions affect the economic well being of United States residents and people around the world. Yet, few know much about what it does. What they do know is often wrong. What powers does this central bank have? How is the United States money supply created and how are interest rates managed by the Federal Reserve? How, why and under what authority does the Federal Reserve appropriate loans to foreign countries bypassing the United States Congress? How has the Federal Reserve met its responsibilities to reduce gender and racial bias in bank lending? How did the Federal Reserve manage its fleet of 500-plus airplanes that delivered paper checks across the country every weekday night? What happened to the transcripts of its meetings that it kept secret for seventeen years and why did it begin to shred its records in the 1994? How is the Federal Reserve connected to the banks it regulates? How has Congress carried out its oversight responsibilities of this powerful government bureaucracy? The 2008 financial crisis and its continuing effects will be presented.