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24. Making It Work for Real People: The Democratization of Finance

Financial Markets (ECON 252) Professor Shiller, in his final lecture, reviews some of the most important tools for individual risk management. Significant inequality in domestic and international communities has created a need for social insurance programs, such as those created in Germany in the late 1800s. The tax system, bankruptcy laws, and government insurance programs are used to manage risk of personal wealth. However, each of these inventions must take account of psychological factors, such as moral hazard, in order to be effective without eliminating incentives to participate in the workforce, or other negative side effects. With regard to careers, including those in finance, young people should frame decisions with morality and purpose in mind, and with a broad perspective of both. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Sources of Financial Inequality 10:24 - Chapter 2. A Call for Social Insurance: The Government's Role in Risk Management 25:50 - Chapter 3. Social Security in the United States 34:32 - Chapter 4. Bankruptcy as a Risk Management Device 50:30 - Chapter 5. Balancing Morality and Psychology: Career Advice for Young Adults Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.
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