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2020/2021  KAN-COECO1070U  Macroeconomics - The Global Economy

English Title
Macroeconomics - The Global Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance
Course coordinator
  • David Jinkins - Department of Economics (ECON)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 16-10-2020

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Learning objectives
Students are required to:
  • explain and analyze the determinants of consumption, savings, and investment
  • explain the different models of economic growth
  • explain the determinants of business cycle fluctuations
  • use the models presented in the course to explain the effects of monetary and fiscal policies and shocks on the economy
Course prerequisites
This is a mandatory course for the MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance. It is assumed that students have knowledge similar to the entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance. For spring courses knowledge similar to the content of the 1st-semester courses is assumed as well. The courses have 45 confrontation hours (lectures and exercises), and there is a high level of interaction between lecturer and students, and in general a high work load.

To sign up send a 1-page motivational letter, a 1-page CV, and a grade transcript to ily.stu@cbs.dk before the registration deadline for elective courses. You may find the registration deadlines on my.cbs.dk ( https:/​/​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​graduate/​pages/​registration-for-electives.aspx ).

Please also remember to sign up through the online registration.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 3
Compulsory home assignments
In order to qualify for the final exam, students must hand in and get approved 3 (out of 4) problem sets.
The problem sets are done in groups of 2-4 students.

If a student - due to documented illness or failed attempts - does not pass 3 out of 4 exercise preparations, the student will be given a final chance to retake this part of the course by handing in a new exercise preparation prior to the final exam.
Macroeconomics - The Global Economy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
There is no max., but you have 4 hours to work on your exam answer.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The aim of the course is to explore the fundamentals of macroeconomics and study the determinants of consumption, savings, and investment. The course studies business cycles and economic growth, and finally analyzes the impact of shocks and economic policies (e.g. monetary and fiscal) on the economy.


  • Consumption
  • Investment
  • Neoclassical Growth Model: the Ramsey model
  • Overlapping Generations model: the Diamond model
  • Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models: RBC and Calibration
  • Endogenous growth
  • Monetary Policy
Description of the teaching methods
Lectures and exercise classes. These class activities will involve derivation and analysis of models and problem-solving exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work. There will be several home assignments in the course. Feedback will be given in class after home assignments have been graded.
Student workload
Teaching 45 hours
Preparation 142 hours
Exam/Home Assignments 19 hours
Expected literature
  • David Romer (2012) Advanced Macroeconomics, McGraw-Hill Irwin. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. ISBN 978-0-073-51137-5
  • Further readings and journal articles will be posted on Learn.
Last updated on 16-10-2020