Long-Term Macroeconomic Analysis

FIE421 Long-Term Macroeconomic Analysis

Autumn 2020

  • Topics

    In Norway as well as any other economy in today's globalized world, important issues that take center stage in the economic policy debate include economic growth and national wealth, the interaction between macroeconomic developments and the financial markets, social security and intergenerational redistribution. This course deals with these issues and provides both analytical skills and applied insights necessary for the understanding and analysis of the macroeconomic developments in the years to come.

  • Learning outcome


    On successful course completion, the student 

    • can demonstrate knowledge of long-term developments and challenges in the Norwegian and other developed economies
    • can demonstrate knowledge of how discounting affects the costs and benefits of dealing with long-term challenges such as climate change
    • can demonstrate an understanding of the importance and efficiency of R&D support, patenting, innovations for the economic growth


    On successful course completion, the student 

    • can apply intertemporal macroeconomic models to analyze the long-term developments in an economy
    • can discuss growth models and analyze the drivers of economic growth
    • can analyze the tradeoffs involved in the intergenerational redistribution of tax-burdens and welfare 
    • can understand and discuss the recent academic literature related to the course


    General competence

     On successful course completion, the student 

    • can communicate the key issues concerning long-term economic developments 
    • can discuss whether current economic policy is suited to deal with long-term challenges

  • Teaching

    Plenary lectures, student group work and guest lectures.

  • Required prerequisites

    Basic knowledge in macroeconomics, finance and quantitative methods from the bachelor program.

  • Requirements for course approval

    One individual written assignment and one case-assignment to be done in groups. Students must pass both of these to obtain course approval.

  • Assessment

    Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, the assessment for the spring semester 2020 has been changed:

    Oral exam.


    Original assessment form spring 2020 – cancelled:

    Four hours written school exam.

    The exam must be written in english.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A-F.

  • Literature

    Selected chapters from various textbooks and scientific empirical papers. A full reading list will be announced at the beginning of the course.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Offered Spring 2020.

Course responsible

Professor Øivind A. Nilsen, Department of Economics

Adjunct Associate Professor Håkon Tretvoll, Department of Economics