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Course unit
SCP4063749, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC2095, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ECONOMICS OF FINANCIAL MARKETS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Statistical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FULVIO FONTINI SECS-P/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/01 Political Economy 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 64 161.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites but a working knowledge of the main mathematical and statistical tools used in economics, such as constrained and unconstrained optimization, random variables, main descriptive statistics, and similarly.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at making students acquainted with the most important economic models of decision making under risk, and their applications to financial markets. Throughout the course students will tackle issues such as risk, decision making under risk, financial markets definitions and analysis, analysis of financial derivatives.
Examination methods: written intermediate and final exam.
Assessment criteria: evaluation of learning.
Course unit contents: The course will be divided into four main arguments:
1)Introduction to risk and decision making under risk.
2) partial equilibrium models of decision making under risk
3) general equilibrium models of decision making under risk
4) financial derivatives, theory and applications

The following topics will be covered:
Introduction to choices under risk; optimal portfolio choices; efficiency and optimal allocation in financial markets; derivatives; options.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: lectures; some complimentary lecuters will take place in the lab.
Additional notes about suggested reading: lecture notes. Bibliographic info will be provided during the course. Optional textbook (not advised): Financial Economics, Eichberger and Harper, OUP, 1997.
Other optional textbook will be announced.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

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