Bubbles and Crashes

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

The goal of the course is to introduce you to the economic thinking on
the causes of stock market bubbles and crashes. Two additional goals are
the development of your discussion skills and writing in English.

Inhoud vak

The financial crisis that started in 2007/2008 led to the most serious
economic and financial crisis since the 1930s. However, many of the
elements of the current crisis are not new. In fact, there is a whole
body of literature studying bubbles and crashes. In this course, we will
learn about historical bubbles, crises and their causes, and the
economic models that offer an explanation for these phenomena. The
models include behavioral finance explanations as well as classical
theories on the behavior of lenders, borrowers, investors and political


The course is structured as a combination of lectures and discussion
sessions, for which
students prepare discussion questions on selected academic papers.
The role of chair is rotated among students. Three assignments deal with
identifying stock market crashes, predicting crashes, and
setting up and evaluating an investment strategy that exploits bubble
and crash patterns over time.


The course grade consists for 50% of preparation and in-class
participation and for 50% of the assignments.


Literature (links) are provided.


The intented audience is second and third-year students of Economics and
Business Economics, (International) Business Administration and

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

SBE rules and dates apply for this SBE HP course. Registration via VUnet.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode E_HP1_BC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit School of Business and Economics
Vakcoördinator dr. A.H. Siegmann
Examinator dr. A.H. Siegmann
Docenten dr. A.H. Siegmann

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