Advanced Macroeconomics (Expired)

ECS502 Advanced Macroeconomics (Expired)

Autumn 2020

  • Topics

    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

  • Learning outcome

    By the end of the course  the students can


    - understand workhorse models in modern macroeconomics;

    - use basic mathematical tools to solve a macroeconomic model;


    - understand how to build a model to analyse macroeconomic research questions;

    - analyse economic questions with modern macro models;

    - model explicitly individual decision making, and then analyse aggregate behavior;

    General competence

    - communicate research questions, solution methods and answers clearly. 

  • Teaching

    Lectures and mandatory assignments.

  • Required prerequisites

    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.

  • Assessment

    4-hour written school exam.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    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.


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Course responsible

Gernot Doppelhofer and  Krisztina Molnar, Department of Economics