20 Essential MOOC Courses In Business

Understanding Economic Policymaking


School: IE Business School (Madrid)

Platform: Coursera

Link: Understanding Economic Policymaking

Start Date: March 24, 2014 (6 weeks)

Workload: 3-5 Hours per Week

Instructor: Gayle Allard

Credentials: A California native, Allard teaches economics at the IE Business School, where she also serves as Vice-Chancellor for Research. Her research centers on the role of public institutions on unemployment and the welfare state. She owns a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis.

Graded: Students will receive a signed Certificate of Accomplishment for completing the course.

Description: This course focuses on the role of government in setting fiscal policy and influencing business cycles, covering areas like monetary policy, deficit spending, taxation, economic stimulus, austerity, and quantitative easing. During the course, student will complete readings before watching 20-30 minute lecture videos. They will be graded on weekly quizzes, along with an online policy simulation and a final exam.

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Additional Note: The Higher School of Economics also offers a Public Economics course, which is available on Coursera. It begins on April 28.

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