This student-focused research seminar will provide students with the opportunity to conduct research on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which enacted sweeping reforms to financial regulation. Topics include regulation and supervision of systemically important financial institutions and markets, resolution of failing firms, derivatives regulation, the shadow banking system, consumer and investor protection, and other matters. Students will also be exposed to real-world issues in legislative drafting, the legislative process, bureaucratic "turf" battles, and rule-making and implementation. Students will be expected to be active participants in class and to write a series of short papers on selected topics during the term or, with the permission of the instructor, to write a longer research paper due at the end of the term. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take Financial Regulation concurrently, or to have taken Financial Regulation in a prior semester.
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