ECON4335 – The Economics of Banking
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
- What distinguishes banks from other firms?
- What determines their behavior when they set interest rates and extend loans?
- What is their role in the economy?
- Why is banking subject to a long list of specific regulations?
- How is monetary policy transmitted through the banking system?
- Why do banking crises occur and what are their consequences for the macroeconomy?
These are the main questions that are raised in this course.
The course covers both micro and macro issues, but with main emphasis on the former. It has points of connection to courses on industrial organization, finance and monetary policy.
You should know
- the main economic theories about bank behavior, bank regulation,banking crises and the role of banks in the economy (including in the transmission mechanism of monetary policy)
- some institutional and historical facts related to the same areas
You should be able to
- analyze how banks should adapt to shifting circumstances
- how they are affected by banking regulations
- how monetary policy and bank behavior interact to affect aggregate demand and the risks affecting individual banks and the banking system as a whole
- be able to read and understand project reports and journal articles that make use of the concepts and methods that are introduced in the course
- be able to make use of the course content in your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
- Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent.
- Students on the master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (the 5-year programme) need ECON3010 – Anvendt økonomisk analyse.
10 credits overlap with ECON4420 International Credit and Financial Markets
Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.
Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
A 3-hour written school exam.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Examination support material
Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.