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2011/2012  BA-PPE2  Macroeconomics

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Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics
Course Coordinator
  • Mauricio Prado - Department of Economics
Main Category of the Course
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
  • Explain basic macroeconomic terminology (e.g. "growth", "recession", "natural unemployment", "hyper inflation", "trade balance deficit" etc.) in a comprehensive way.
  • Describe how real GDP is determined in the short run, the medium run and the long run.
  • Describe the main determinants of other important macroeconomic variables such as inflation, unemployment, real wage, interest rate, exchange rate etc.
  • Perform simple algebraically calculations related to developments in the main macroeconomic variables.
  • Describe and explain the assumptions and relations of the main macroeconomic models (e.g. the classical model for the economy in the long run, the IS/LM model, the Solow growth model, the AD/AS model, etc.).
  • Illustrate diagrammatically these models, perform policy experiments (like increasing Government Purchases or changing the Money Supply) and interpret verbally what happens when moving from one equilibrium to another.
  • Solve algebraically simple macroeconomic models in order to determine the value of the variables in equilibrium and changes in the variables (national income, interest rate, consumption, investment, etc.).
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Spring Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 4 Hours
Written 4-hours closed book exam, graded by internal examiner on the 7-point scale.
The make-up and re-examination takes place according to the same rules as the regular examination.

Exam aids: No aids allowed other than basic language dictionaries (e.g. from mother tongue to English and vice versa and English/English) and non-programmable calculators
Course Content
The course is an introduction to Macroeconomics, the branch of economics that studies the behaviour of the economy as a whole. Key concepts are total production and income, (un)employment, inflation, the rate of interest, the trade balance, exchange rates, and the like. The aim is to be able to explain the determinants of economic developments, both in the long run and in the short run, and to explore the scope that may exist for Government and central bank policy to keep the economy on a stable course
Teaching Methods
Lectures and Exercises.
N. Gregory Mankiw & Mark Taylor. Macroeconomics. European Edition. Worth Publishers ISBN: 978-0-7167-7369-6 (Chapters 1-14 and 19: 462 pages)