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2023/2024  BA-BFILO1802U  Macro Economics

English Title
Macro Economics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy, BSC
Course coordinator
  • Pontus Rendahl - Department of Economics (ECON)
Main academic disciplines
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-06-2023

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Learning objectives
Course aim: The purpose of the course is to give students an understanding of: (i) movements in the economy over the business cycle; (ii) macroeconomic stabilisation policy (monetary and fiscal) in closed and open economies; (iii) basic aspects of financial markets and expectations; (iv) economic growth in the long run.
  • Explain basic macroeconomic terminology (e.g. "growth", "recession", "natural unemployment", "trade balance deficit" etc.) in a comprehensive way.
  • Describe how real GDP is determined in the short and medium run.
  • Describe the main determinants of other important macroeconomic variables such as inflation, unemployment, real wage, interest rate, exchange rate etc.
  • Perform simple algebraic calculations related to developments in the main macroeconomic variables
  • Describe and explain the assumptions and relations of the main macroeconomic models (e.g. IS/LM).
  • Illustrate graphically these models, perform policy experiments (like increasing government spending 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 (national income, interest rate, consumption, investment etc.)
Course prerequisites
English language skills equal to B2 level (CEFR) and math skill equal to Danish level B are recommended.
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • An approved calculator. Only the models HP10bll+ or Texas BA ll Plus are allowed (both models are non-programmable, financial calculators).
  • Language dictionaries in paper format
The student will have access to
  • Advanced IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination may warrant that it most appropriately be held as an oral examination. The programme office will inform the students if the make-up examination/re-take examination instead is held as an oral examination including a second examiner or external examiner.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course offers a general introduction to macroeconomics. We ask questions such as, ‘What determines production, unemployment and inflation in the short and medium run?’ To answer this, we develop an analytical framework based on equilibrium conditions in three markets: the goods market, the financial market and the labour market. This framework is also used to analyze questions like, ‘What is the scope for a government to stabilise the economy using fiscal and monetary policy?’ Moreover, issues related to the open economy are addressed, such as capital mobility, exchange rates, balance of payments etc. 

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching is organized in 11 teaching sessions of 3 hours.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will receive feedback during the course in different ways. Firstly, they will get feedback during lectures in the form of interaction with the instructor if any question arises. Secondly, they will get feedback during the exercise classes. Finally, they will get feedback at the office hours.
Student workload
Forelæsninger 39 hours
Eksamen 3 hours
Forberedelse 164 hours
Expected literature

Macroeconomics. A European Perspective”, Blanchard, Amighini and Giavazzi (Fourth Edition) 

Last updated on 28-06-2023