GRA 6634 Advanced Macroeconomics
GRA 6634 Advanced Macroeconomics
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 fiscal policy. 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 students will learn basic macroeconomic theories and how they are related to advanced topics and policy issues. More specifically, students will gain knowledge about
- The main theories of consumption and investment and its empirical relevance. Important topics will include the permanent-income hypothesis, consumption based asset pricing and the Q-theory of investment.
- The determinants of long-run growth. Students will understand the main determinants of cross-country income differences observed in the data.
- Implications of budget deficits and fiscal policy.
Students will acquire skills that enable them to analyze macroeconomic events and empirical regularities observed in the data. They will be able to understand and critically read information in specialized and popular press.
Students will acquire analytical tools to understand about consumption and investment patterns observed in the data. They will also be able to analyze income differences across countries.
The course enables students to analyze the role of budget deficits and the role of fiscal policy. These skills will allow students to analyze important current events such as US budget deficits or the role of fiscal policy in Norway.
This course is business relevant. The students acquire skills to analyze how the macro economy influences businesses and society in general.
This course should lead students to reflect about the forces that influence the economy as a whole. Why do some countries grow faster than others? Why do some countries experience recessions and depressions? What is the role of government in mitigating these events?
Furthermore, this course prepares students for more advanced academic work. The course is an introduction to advanced macroeconomics theory.
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: Budget Deficit and Fiscal Policy. Romer ch. 12 (selected sections).
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.
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 specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Support materials||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|100||Yes||3 Hour(s)||Individual||Written examination with supervision|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Support materials:|| |
|Comment:||Written examination with supervision|
|Resit:||Examination when next scheduled course|
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.