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Free Online Course on Financial Programming and Policies

International Monetary Fund is offering free online course on Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis. A course on the macroeconomic accounts, their interrelationships, and the analysis of economic developments.

Students will learn the basic skills required to conduct financial programming. This course will start on May 10, 2017.



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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Economics & Finance
Institution: International Monetary Fund and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $25
Session: Course Starts on May 10, 2017

Providers’ Details

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, and promote high employment and sustainable economic growth.

About This Course

How healthy is the state of the economy? How can economic policy help support or restore health to the economy? These questions are at the heart of financial programming. In our FPP courses you will learn the building blocks of how to answer to these questions.

Why Take This Course?

Financial programming is a framework to analyze the current state of the economy, forecast where the economy is headed, and identify economic policies that can change the course of the economy.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify the four main sectors of an economy and understand the key linkages among them
  • How to read, interpret, and analyze macroeconomic data
  • How to identify macroeconomic imbalances
  • How to retrieve data for your own country and analyze it


Francesco Luna

Nan Li

Luisa Zanforlin

Eric Verreydt

Adolfo Barajas

Paolo Dudine


Some knowledge of economics would be helpful, but is not required. Graded assignments require the use of spreadsheets.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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