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256.61S sec. 001 - Understanding Financial Crises (Summer 2021)

Instructor: Frank Partnoy  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


F 2:00 PM - 6:10 PM
On 2021-07-09

Sa 09:00 AM - 6:10 PM
On 2021-07-10

Summer Quarter: 3
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Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 17
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 44
As of: 09/01 10:35 AM

Financial crises are devastating; they dramatically impact our lives. This one-unit class will address the regulatory, institutional, and behavioral factors that have been crucial in triggering, and then responding to, financial crises. We will cover the impact of COVID-19 on financial markets, as well as the history of financial crises, particularly since the 1980s.

The readings will consist exclusively of Professor Partnoy’s writings, including “The Worst Worst Case,” his essay in the July/August 2020 issue of The Atlantic, available here:, and his 2014 essay on !nancial crises for the Oxford Handbook of Financial Regulation, available here:

Students will choose a topic related to law and finance, discuss the topic with the group, and write a final take-home essay covering the course materials and their topic of approximately
800-1000 words (3-4 pages, double-spaced).

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Business Law

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