Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller offers free finance class

Robert Shiller
Robert Shiller

Nobel Prize-winning Yale economist Robert Shiller, namesake of the S&P/Case Shiller housing market index, just tweeted plans to offer his introductory “Financial Markets” course free on the web next semester via Coursera, the massive open online course platform.

The class is billed as, “An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.”

He last taught it in 2012.

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Shiller is an evangelist for finance, having recently argued young people with a moral purpose should work for Goldman Sachs. In the video accompanying the course offering, he says, “Finance is a technology for making things happen.”

And the workload is billed as six to 12 hours a week.