Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
7 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
MIT Sloan School of Management


Large-scale economic trends can have a profound effect on businesses of all sizes, whether it’s inflation, governmental policy, or changes in market demand. In order for contemporary organizations to remain competitive, executives must account for the impact in their strategic decision-making. This online program offers you the opportunity to explore economics from a business perspective, guided by renowned economist Professor Roberto Rigobon. You’ll be exposed to an engaging mix of case studies, narratives, and problem-solving activities designed to build your understanding of macroeconomics. On completion, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to interpret and manage economic change within your organization.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Tools and frameworks to navigate the economic forces affecting your business
  • The ability to identify and evaluate macroeconomic variables, policies, and financial indicators, and account for these events in your decision making
  • A critical intuition for macroeconomic trends developed through problem-based learning and led by world-renowned economist, Professor Roberto Rigobon

Is this course for you?

The program is geared towards business professionals and leaders looking to understand the influence of economic trends on business, and who are seeking tools, concepts, and models to inform their decision-making. Aspiring managers and executives with decision-making responsibilities stand to benefit from an understanding of the broader business environment. The cross-industry applications of macroeconomics is beneficial for business professionals aiming to enhance their knowledge of economic trends and advance within their career.

Course curriculum

Discover the impact of economics on business as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The Global Economy
  • Module 2 Consumer Confidence and Policy Effects
  • Module 3 Currencies, Crises, and Cryptos
  • Module 4 Measuring Economic Health: The Current Account
  • Module 5 Measuring Economic Health: The Labor Market
  • Module 6 Economic Shocks
  • Module 7 Social and Political Factors
  • Module 8 Creating Economic Sustainability

Navigate the macroeconomic landscape

This MIT Sloan online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop your intuition for economics in this online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Your Faculty Director

The design of this online program is guided by MIT Sloan faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the program.

Roberto Rigobon

Roberto Rigobon

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor, Applied Economics

Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a professor of applied economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.

Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.

Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times.

He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.


Faculty Members

Christian Catalini

Christian Catalini

Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT,
Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management,
Founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor, Global Economics and Management

Athanasios Orphanides

Athanasios Orphanides

Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management

Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Learn to recognize and react to the economic forces shaping your business and earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn by completing four programs; three from your chosen certificate track and one completed in-person. Find out more.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2020.

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