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26035 Money and Banking, 5 cr 
Code 26035  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Money and Banking  Abbreviation MoneyBank,Hki 
Credits5 cr  Date of expiry 10 years
TypeAdvanced studies Subject260 Economics 
KindCourse  Hours  
Study right   Gradingpoints (0-100), passed 
Recommended time 
Organisation Economics, Helsinki 

Stenbacka, Rune 

Course Description 

This course has two parts. The first part deals with microeconomics of financial intermediation. It emphasizes the role of asymmetric information in credit markets. It explores the central theories of financial intermediation and regulation thereof. The second part concentrates on the transmission of monetary policy through the banking system. It first discusses the objectives of monetary and macroprudential policy in the presence of both nominal and financial frictions. It then introduces tools available to central banks and regulatory authorities for achieving these objectives such as the conventional policy rate, quantitative easing and capital requirements. The course will focus on the following issues:

  • adverse selection and moral hazard in credit markets
  • implications of asymmetric information in banking markets
  • relationship lending and bank monitoring
  • screening and the use of collateral in bank lending
  • bank competition and financial stability
  • bank runs, deposit insurance and systemic risk
  • securitization and the subprime crisis
  • the regulation of banks
  • nominal financial and monetary policy
  • the transmission of conventional monetary policy through the banking system
  • unconventional monetary policy, quantitative easing and forward guidance
  • financial frictions and macroprudential policy
  • bank capital regulation
Learning Goal 

You have an analytic perspective on crucial issues in modern banking with a particular emphasis on the implications of asymmetric information. You are familiar with the topical issues related to European bank regulation.

After completing the course, you will be able to 
  • assess the implications of asymmetric information for credit market efficiency
  • analyze and propose solutions to problems caused by informational asymmetry in credit markets
  • assess the role of banks in an economy and their vulnerability to crises
  • assess the goals and limitations of bank regulation
  • analyze the topical issues related to financial intermediaries and their regulation
  • participate in the debates concerning financial crisis and bank regulation analytically
  • illustrate the roles of monetary and macroprudential policy
  • assess the effects of key policy tools and their limitations
Course Category 

Class-based course


A completed intermediate level course in microeconomics, a completed course in econometrics.

Total Student Workload 

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 30 h
Non-scheduled work: 104 h


Lectures and individual assignment.

Literature and Course Material 

• Freixas, X. & Rochet, J.-C. (2008). Microeconomics of banking. 2nd Edition. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.


Exam 100 %

Equivalent Courses 

Students who have completed the course Banking and Finance (8 ECTS, course code 2688) cannot take this course.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies) 

Open university quota: 3
Quota for JOO-students: 3


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Function Name Type cr Course coordinator Time table
Registration not started Money and Banking, Hki  Course  Stenbacka, Rune 
20.01.20 -06.03.20 -

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