ECON 252 (2011) - Lecture 1 - Introduction and What this Course Will Do for You and Your Purposes

Lecture 1 - Introduction and What this Course Will Do for You and Your Purposes

Overview

Professor Shiller provides a description of the course, including its general theme, the relevant textbooks, as well as the interplay of his course with Professor Geanakoplos's course "Economics 251 – Financial Theory." Finance, in his view, is a pillar of civilized society, dealing with the allocation of resources through space and time in order to manage big and important risks. After talking about finance as an occupation, he emphasizes the moral imperative to use wealth for the purposes of philanthropy, in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie, but also of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Subsequently, he introduces the guest speakers David Swensen, Yale University's chief investment officer, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at American International Group (AIG) and current CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. and of Starr International, and Laura Cha, former vice chair of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and of the government of the People’s Republic of China, and director of the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). Finally, he concludes with a description of the topics to be discussed in each lecture.

Resources

"Only known recording of Andrew Carnegie gives voice to history." Pittsburg Post-Gazette, October 30, 2007
http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/07303/829537-28.stm#ixzz1pJTHvi6V

Andrew Carnegie reads from "Gospel of Wealth." (audio) Pittsburg Post-Gazette, October 30, 2007
http://old.post-gazette.com/downloads/20071030biza_andrew_carnegie.mp3

Assignment

Fabozzi, Foundations of Financial Markets, Ch. 1, 2

Shiller, Finance and the Good Society, Preface, Introduction

Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth and Other Timely Essays, pp. 1-46, "The Gospel of Wealth (1889)"

"The Gospel of Wealth" (Review) San Francisco Chronicle, p. 4

Course Media

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