Short Course: Financial Markets for Public Policy Professionals

For 10 years, JRCPPF has offered this popular short course, held before the start of fall classes, to all Woodrow Wilson School MPPs and second-year MPAs, by application only. In 2021, we will make the course open to all Princeton graduate students, across departments. The course will be next offered during the 2021 Wintersession.

The 2021 course dates are: Thu, Fri, & Sat, January 21-23, 2021

Click here for the 2019 program agenda and reading list.

The events of the last decade and current events highlight the need for public policy professionals to understand how financial markets operate. However, given the wide range of institutions in global financial markets, the seemingly endless number of instruments in which they deal and the specialized functions they perform, the world of finance can seem impenetrable to those who are not in the industry.

The purpose of this short course is to provide a framework for understanding the operations of financial institutions, the economic purposes they serve and the markets in which they deal.

  • What is a hedge fund?
  • How does it differ from a private equity firm?
  • How do commercial banking and investment banking differ?
  • How are financial markets and institutions regulated?
  • How should they be regulated?

These are but a few of the questions policymakers must ask in thinking about financial markets. Pallavi Nuka, JRCPPF Associate Director, is the overall coordinator for the course.