• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course examines the economic principles that determine the allocation of resources through time in market economies. It uses supply and demand relationships to value capital assets (or projects more generally). There is a detailed treatment of the effects of risk and taxes on capital asset prices, and the Modigliani-Miller financial policy irrelevance theorems are derived and examined in detail. The impact of modern contracting theory on our understanding of financial economics will also be discussed.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. be exposed to the classical finance model that underpins modern finance;
  2. understand how securities are priced and affected by the institutional arrangements in securities markets, including taxes and other government regulations,
  3. understand the role played by time, uncertainty, information and inflation in evaluating financial instruments;
  4. know the role played by arbitrage in finance markets and its impact on security prices;
  5. understand how security prices are determined in the Capital Asset Pricing Model, and the role played by the assumptions in the model;
  6. know the assumptions behind the the Modigliani and Miller (M-M) financial policy irrelevance theorems as basis for understanding the factors that determine the debt-equity and dividend policy choices of firms.
  7. understand to the role of asymmetric information in various financial markets.
  8. understand how contractual incompleteness can impact corporate financial decisions.

Other Information

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will consist of a Final Exam, mid-semester exam(s), in-class quizzes and a project, or some combination thereof. See the course outline for details. (null) [LO null]

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10-12 hours per week

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed or have concurrent enrolment in ECON8025 and ECON8013.

Prescribed Texts

Preliminary Reading

Hart, O., (1995), Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure (Clarendon Lectures in Economics),  Clarendon Press.

Jones, C.M., (2008), Financial Economics, Routledge, Oxon.

Lengwiler, Y., (2006), Microfoundations of Financial Economics: An Introduction to General Equilibrium Asset Pricing, Princeton University Press, Oxfordshire and Princeton.

Tirole, J., (2006), The Theory of Corporate Finance, Princeton University Press.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6439 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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