ECS502 Advanced Macroeconomics
This course is designed to give first year Ph.D. students an introduction to a broad selection of topics in macroeconomics at a more advanced level. The course should give a good understanding of major issues in modern macroeconomics - and should provide the necessary background for other more specialized courses in various macroeconomic subfields.
The course will cover a broad selection of the following topics:
- Brief intro to modern macroeconomics
- Neoclassical growth models: Solow and Ramsey models
- Overlapping Generations (OLG) models
- Endogenous growth
- Real Business Cycles and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium theory
- Monetary models and business cycles
- Search and matching models
- Fiscal Policy
By the end of the course the course the students will be able to:
- understand workhorse models in modern macroeconomics;
- use basic mathematical tools to solve a macroeconomic model;
- understand how to build a model to analyze macroeconomic research questions;
- analyse economic questions with modern macro models;
- model explicitly individual decision making, and then analyse aggregate behavior;
- communicate research questions, solution methods and answers clearly.
Lectures and mandatory assignments.
It is assumed as a prerequisite that students are familiar with macroeconomics at an intermediate level. (For example R. Barro, Macroeconomics, MIT Press).
Requirements for course approval
Participation in lectures and completion of mandatory assignments.
4-hour written school exam.
The main textbook is David Romer (2006) Advanced Macroeconomics. The readings will be supplemented with chapters from Ljungvist and Sargent (2004), Recursive Macroeconomic Theory (MIT Press), and with lecture notes.
The actual reading list will be presented at the start of the course.
Gernot Doppelhofer and Krisztina Molnar, Department of Economics