From Bank Runs to Bottled Water: How Markets Fail

Our market economy produces trillions of dollars in wealth and provides us with ever more stuff. We are richer than any humans that have come before, and by many measures life has never been better. In other words, the market system generally works. But periodically markets fail, and when they do the results can be catastrophic. In this class we will explore how market failure occurs and why market failure seems to be happening more frequently.