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About the Course

Decentralized Finance: The Future of Finance is a set of four courses taught by Campbell R. Harvey (Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research) that focus on decentralized finance (DeFi). In this first course, we begin by exploring the origins of DeFi and take a broad historical view from the earliest barter economies, such as the first peer-to-peer exchanges of bartering, to present day. The course also looks at historical examples of money having value even though it is not officially backed. We then focus on the key infrastructure components: blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts, oracles, stablecoins and decentralized applications (or dApps). This includes discussion of the mechanics of the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains including cryptographic hashing. Next, we focus on the specific problems that DeFi is designed to solve: inefficiency (costly, slow, and insecure today), limited access (1.7 billion are unbanked), opacity (we need to trust regulators to monitor banks and the regulators have mixed records), centralized control (financial system is oligopolistic imposing higher fees than we would have in a competitive market) and lack of interoperability (it is difficult to move funds from one financial institution to another today). The course closes by exploring many of the myths about the crypto space....

Top reviews


Jan 13, 2022

I have fore-read about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, yet, this course was an excellent way to structure and review my knowledge. I am sure to join the next course of this specialization!


Apr 12, 2022

Great introduction into DeFi, the professor walks us through key definitions, a bit of history, potential applications and common misunderstandings about this space. Good launching pad to dive deeper

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Jan 21, 2022

Excellent first step into the Cripto World!

By Max Z

Jun 26, 2022

Really like the professor! very engaging!

By Nicholas

Dec 27, 2022

Great presentation and relevant content!

By Juliana K

Sep 17, 2022

Perfect. Easy to understand about DeFi.

By Miguel D

Jan 25, 2022

Great initial course, great explanation!

By Tunde Z

Dec 12, 2021

The delivery was an absolute top notch.

By Langu

Nov 24, 2021

A lot of practical, useful knowledge! :)

By Muh F A

Dec 30, 2022

Very good and solid foundation for DeFi

By Peter

Feb 10, 2022

Well presented, well explained course.

By Heather H

Oct 16, 2021

Well presented, clear and informative.

By Anne-Sophie C

Apr 8, 2022

thanks prof Harvey for this course !!

By Subodh

Aug 15, 2022

So much cool information! Thank you

By Adeniyi O

Jun 15, 2022

i really learnt a lot in the course

By Dmitry V

Jan 2, 2022

Outstanding course and easy to learn

By Muhammad A J

Oct 14, 2022

Well structured and well presented

By bacool

Nov 14, 2021

great depth in course 1, impressive

By Sandeep S

Mar 18, 2022

insightful and easy to undersrand

By Chandrashekhar S

Jan 27, 2022

Great Introductory course for deFi

By Arpan M

Oct 2, 2022

Great introduction to the space.

By A K

Jan 18, 2022

Gives an excellent review of DeFi

By Jason C

Apr 26, 2022

very clear and comfortably paced

By Chenyang Z

Mar 19, 2022

very convincing and enlightening

By Sumit G

Sep 12, 2022

Great learning,good Experiance

By sujit c

Dec 22, 2021

Understandable Course material

By Jad B

Dec 29, 2021

Simply excellent. Thank you.