Money and Credit - ECON8410

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Mathan Satchithananthan checkmark-circle


Money and credit perform a range of crucial functions in market economies. This module studies the microeconomic foundations of money and credit, and the roles played by money and credit markets in contributing to macroeconomic growth, fluctuations and crises. Throughout the module, we also consider the roles of government institutions including central banks and financial regulators within modern markets for money and credit. The module makes use of theoretical models to aide understanding and analyse policy. These models are motivated by and tested against historical and contemporary evidence, with students performing a selection of these tests using modern financial programming tools. While the core features of money and credit have remained stable for centuries, innovation in these markets does play important roles for economic growth and business cycles. At the end of the course, we study some of the more important developments in modern money and credit markets, including securitisation as well as the range of innovations collectively referred to as digital money.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

• Two take-home exams, each worth
• Examination (2 hours): 80%

**Please note that the exam in May/June 2023 will be IN PERSON**

Reassessment: 100% exam

Indicative reading

Core reading

* Freixas, Xavier and Jean Rochet. The Microeconomics of Banking, 2nd Edition, vol. 1, 2 ed. MIT Press, 2008.

Recommended reading

* Sargent, Thomas and Francois Velde. The big problem of small change. Princeton University Press, 2003.

* Wallace, Neil. The Mechanism-Design Approach to Monetary Theory. In: Benjamin M. Friedman & Michael Woodford (ed.), Handbook of Monetary Economics, 1st Edition, Volume 3, Chapter 1. North Holland, 2010.

This list will be augmented by articles from journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics among others.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Systematically and comprehensively understand the roles of debt finance in the modern economy

8.2. Critically understand and assess the roles of money in the modern economy

8.3. Be able to explain complex interactions between firms and banks' financial structures in macroeconomic crises

8.4. Critically understand the implementation of monetary policy

8.5. Demonstrate deep understanding of the importance of conflicts of interest in finance


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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