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GRA 6634 Advanced Macroeconomics
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Department of Economics
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Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole. This course offers an introduction to advanced macroeconomic analysis. To this end, the course covers both theoretical models as well as empirical facts regarding a wide range of topics, from consumption and investment to economic growth and unemployment.
The main objective is to give course participants an introduction to advanced macroeconomic theory. The course is also the preparatory course for doing further macroeconomic studies at the graduate level. It is a prerequisite for both GRA 6639 Business Cycles and GRA 6631 Monetary Policy and Financial Stability.
The course consists of three parts. The first deals with theories of consumption and investment. Important topics will include the permanent-income hypothesis, consumption based asset pricing and the Q-theory of investment. It also gives an introduction to quantitative macroeconomics. The second part deals with how economies grow and discuss the main determinants of long-run growth. Important models are the Solow model and the Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model. Those models are confronted with data on cross-country income differences. The last part covers different theories of unemployment. The focus is on structural unemployment and important models are the efficiency wage, contracting and the search and matching model.
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
Krueger, Dirk. 2007. Quantitative macroeconomics : an introduction (Lecture notes). ch. 3-5. (Lecture notes). Available at: http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/details.php?ebook=2831
Romer, David H. 2012. Advanced macroeconomics. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin. 1-2,4, 8-9, 10 (selected sections)
Obstfeld, Maurice. Kenneth Rogoff. 1996. Foundations of international macroeconomics. MIT Press. Chapter 2 and 7 ( selected sections )
During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination
Part I: Consumption and investment theories. Quantitative macroeconomics. Romer ch 8 and 9 (selected sections). Obstfeld-Rogoff section 2.5 (selected subsections). Krueger ch. 3-5.
Part II: Economic growth. Romer ch. 1-4 (selected sections) and Obstfeld-Rogoff ch. 7 (selected sections).
Part III: Unemployment. Romer ch. 10 (selected sections).
Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours. Both lectures and exercise seminars are provided.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or text book.
Written examination 3 hours
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Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment.
GRA 66342 accounts for 100 % of the final grade in GRA 6634.
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