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University of Exeter Business School

Topics in Macroeconomic Theory II

Module titleTopics in Macroeconomic Theory II
Module codeBEEM148
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Professor Max Troshkin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Module description

This module will cover topics in advanced macroeconomics with emphasis on fundamentals and applications to recent theoretical advances.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module explores burgeoning areas of modern macroeconomics, with the aim of enabling students to write independent research in macroeconomics at the research frontier.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. address complex questions at the frontier of macroeconomic research systematically and creatively;
  • 2. make sound judgements and communicate their conclusions to specialists and non-specialists.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving macroeconomics problems;
  • 4. advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. identify, tackle and solve relevant research problems in macroeconomics;
  • 6. work independently and responsibly on complex research problems.

Syllabus plan

Topics of current macroeconomics research interest, which vary but may include:

  • Fiscal Policy and Ricardian Equivalence.
  • Search and Matching: The Matching Model, Efficiency Wages, Growth and Unemployment.
  • Monetary Economics: Models with Credit Frictions, Sticky Prices, Search.
  • Insurance vs Incentives.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity33 (3 hours/week)Lectures
Guided Independent Study117Reading, preparation for classes and assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Average of Assignments100 The assessment structure on this module is subject to review and may change before the start of the new academic year. Any changes will be clearly communicated to you before the start of term and if you wish to change module as a result of this you can do so in the module change window 1-6Verbal/Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Average of Assignments (100%)Average of Assignments (100%)1-6August/September Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

If a student passes the module overall, but fails one or more assessments, there will be no referral/re-assessment.

If a student fails the module, only the failed assessments will be re-assessed.

If one or more assessments are deferred, only the deferred assessments will be re-assessed.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

- Romer, Advanced Macroeconomics, McGraw-Hill Advanced Series in Economics, New
York, 2012.
- Ljungqvist and Sargent, Recursive Macroeconomic Theory, MIT Press, 2004.
- Stokey and Lucas, with Prescott, Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics, Harvard
University Press, 1989.
- D. Acemoglu, Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, Princeton University Press, 2009.
- Barro and Sala-i-Martin, Economic Growth, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
- Obstfeld and Rogoff, Foundations of International Macroeconomics, MIT Press, 2000.
- Aghion and Howitt, Endogenous Growth Theory, MIT Press 1998.
- Pissarides, Equilibrium Unemployment Theory, MIT Press 2000.
- Walsh, Monetary Theory and Policy, MIT Press, 2010.

Key words search

Fiscal Policy, Monetary Economics

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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