Course description

Macroeconomics

Introduction

Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole. It deals with phenomena such as long-run economic growth, business cycles, unemployment, inflation, and deficits on the balance of payments. Analyses on how governments and central banks can influence the macroeconomy through fiscal and monetary policy are particularly important in macroeconomics.

Course content

  1. National accounts and economic indicators
  2. Economic growth and the wealth of nations
  3. The labour market and structural unemployment
  4. Money, prices and exchange rates in the long run
  5. Consumption and investment
  6. Aggregate demand, business cycles and the short-run effects of monetary and fiscal policy
  7. Nominal and real exchange rates
  8. Long-run effects of fiscal policy.

Learning outcome knowledge

An important goal of this course is to familiarize students with important macroeconomic concepts, indicators, and relations, and to give students insights into macroeconomic theories (with corresponding empirical knowledge) of long-run economic growth processes, structural unemployment, inflation and other nominal variables, and business cycles. Another goal is to equip students with sufficient knowledge to understand theories and macroeconomic models that explain how fiscal and monetary policy, such as inflation targeting, can be used to influence the macro economy.

After taking this course, you should be able to understand and explain important macroeconomic concepts, indicators and the most common policy targets and instruments of fiscal and monetary policy in advanced economies. You are expected to understand the crucial distinction between real and nominal variables and concepts. You should also be able to distinguish wrong statements in macroeconomics from correct ones, as well as descriptive statements from normative ones. You should also have acquired a good overview of macroeconomic relations and empirical knowledge. Finally, you should understand the logical structure of basic macroeconomic growth models and elementary models of business cycles and inflation.

Exam organisation

  • Written exam: 100%