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Yale University

The Global Financial Crisis

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Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner and Professor Andrew Metrick survey the causes, events, policy responses, and aftermath of the recent global financial crisis.


  • Introduction to The Global Financial Crisis
  • The Common Causes of Financial Crises
  • Housing and Mortgages
  • Safe Assets and the Global Savings Glut
  • The Housing Crisis
  • Anxiety, Part I
  • Anxiety, Part II
  • Panic
  • Our Responses to the Crisis
  • Responding to Future Crises
  • Europe in the Global Financial Crisis
  • The Eurozone Crisis
  • Course Summary
    • Course Summary

Taught by

Andrew Metrick and Timothy Geithner


4.5 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 2217 ratings

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  • Henrik Warne completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I really liked this course. It is a detailed acount of how the global financial crisis came about, starting with the housing crisis (including sub-prime) and the global savings glut. It continues with how the anxiety started and spread through the global...
  • Ken Sellers completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Henrik Warne's review is spot-on; I will not duplicate what he said. Just want to add that although Timothy Geithner is the headliner, he only made an appearance in 3 of 11 weeks. Andrew Metrick did all the heavy lifting, and he is both a good explainer...
  • Antoine Ciolkovitch completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    A clear synthesis of a complex world-wide crisis . Both lecturers gave me a detailled chronology of the several steps of the failures . The quizzes are very easy and only useful to motivate the learner . Highly recommended course by brilliant lecturers .
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    Not just best online course I have taken but best course I have ever take. Professor Metrick is awesome. If you have an interest I the GFC take it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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