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Financial Markets - Video

By Robert Shiller

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(ECON 252) Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century. This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

Customer Reviews

Marginally interesting. Of questionable value.

Watching the first 7 lectures of Schiller's course serves ironically as a lesson in what is wrong with modern academia. Schiller yammers and dodders down assorted tangents, sharing minimally interesting anecdotes and tales -seemingly self-assured that somewhere therein lies educational merit. Do yourself a favor and skip the first lecture outright, which contains possibly four or five useful bullet points which Schiller manages to extrude into a painful, time-intensive meander.

More disturbing than Schiller's low ratio of educational value to time spent droning, are of course his particular biases and beliefs about finance - which he presents ex-cathedra, and which deserve (and have received) ample criticism.

Along the way, students are handed the works of lightweight pseudo-economists like Jeremy Siegel and other market-friendly shills who excel at spinning data into supporting arguments.

The course does have some merit - particularly for those who have no former knowledge or experience. But one must take with a grain of salt, those who emerge from such programs considering themselves to have received sound platform in the subject matter.

auhhh, ahh, umhhh and ah uhm

One would think such highly educated people could teach without the continual added worthless verbiage of: auhhh, ahh, umhhh and ah uhm. It is totally and completely distracting. Every sentence contained at least 3 valueless words. These speakers should try reading their own unedited transcripts.
I wish I could have listened to the entire series but the distractions were too great and made the speaker sound amateurish. This is an all-out-war on those scholars and public speakers that think they have a right to abuse their listeners with an unending streaming of: auhhh, ahh, umhhh and ah uhm. I have been teaching for over 20 years and I constantly try to improve my presentations inorder to prevent my students from being abused by such excessive distracting verbiage such as this! TAKE A PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE!

Education Director

I couldn't watch for long due to the constant use of the word.....uh. I find it irritating that a professor or any professional speaker would continually do that. It makes him sound incompetent. He needs to be prepared and know his subject in and out. I feel sorry for the students who have to glean important information from this person. I'm very dissapointed and now have a little more idea why our college graduates can't get a job. Someone please send this man to get some training in effective speaking