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Money and Banking

Robert E. Wright
March 2012
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The financial crisis of 2007-8 has already revolutionized institutions, markets, and regulation. Wright's Money and Banking V 2.0 captures those revolutionary changes and packages them in a way that engages undergraduates enrolled in Money and Banking and Financial Institutions and Markets courses.

Minimal mathematics, accessible language, and a student-oriented tone ease readers into complex subjects like money, interest rates, banking, asymmetric information, financial crises and regulation, monetary policy, monetary theory, and other standard topics. Numerous short cases, called "Stop and Think" boxes, promote internalization over memorization. Exercise drills ensure basic skills competency where appropriate. Short, snappy sections that begin with a framing question enhance readability and encourage assignment completion.

The 2.0 version of this text boasts substantive revisions (additions, deletions, rearrangements) of almost every chapter based on the suggestions of many Money and Banking instructors.

Some specific highlights are: Chapter 11 now contains enhanced descriptions of recent regulatory changes, including Dodd-Frank, Chapter 12 is an entirely new chapter on derivatives covering forwards, futures, options, and swaps that also including comprehensive treatment of the causes and consequences of financial crises, and Chapter 14 has updated discussions of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy tools, including paying interest on reserves, and the structure and leadership of the European Central Bank.

Recent financial turmoil has increased student interest in the financial system but simultaneously threatens to create false impressions and negative attitudes. This up-to-date text by a dynamic, young author encourages students to critique the financial system without rejecting its many positive attributes. Peruse the book online now to see for yourself if this book fits the needs of your course and students.

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Robert e. wright

Robert E. Wright Augustana College - Sioux Falls (BN #560)

Robert E. Wright accepted the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana University in 2009 after a decade of teaching economics at the University of Virginia and New York University’s Stern School. He received his Ph.D. in Economic History from SUNY, Buffalo and is the co-author and co-editor of almost forty books, including Wall Street Journal’s Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators and Guide to the U.S. Economic Policy.
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