The main objective of this course is to provide the students with a general understanding of the different functions performed by financial markets and institutions and their role in the economic system. We start with a brief overview of the financial system. We then study the functioning of financial markets and the main financial instruments. Finally, we study the economics of different types of financial institutions.



  1. S. Mishkin and S.G. Eakins, “Financial Markets & Institutions,” Pearson Education, 2018, Ninth Edition.
  2. Lecture notes and other materials will be made available on the course website on the Blackboard platform.

Note: You may use either the previous or the most current edition.

Relevant course materials will be posted online on Sunday before the week in which they will be covered.


GRADING – This can be found on Blackboard



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Nicola Limodio

Bocconi Faculty Building, Office 2-E2-04 (second floor), e-mail: nicola [dot] limodio [at] unibocconi [dot] com

Office Hours: Mondays 18:00 – 19:00 or by appointment.

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