Advanced Macroeconomics I
The module covers topics in modern macroeconomics with an emphasis on tools necessary to pursue research in macroeconomics. The focus will be on models of economic growth and development, public finance and taxation, and political economy.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Advanced Macroeconomics I|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
The module explores the core areas of modern macroeconomics with the aim to develop an understanding of macroeconomic models that enables students to use them to tackle macroeconomic questions. The emphasis will thus be on learning theoretical concepts and analytical techniques by using them in the process of discussing relevant modern macroeconomic topics.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Address complex questions at the frontier of macroeconomic research systematically and creatively.
- 2. Make sound judgments and communicate their conclusions to specialists and non-specialists.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving macroeconomics problems.
- 4. Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Identify, tackle and solve relevant research problems in macroeconomics.
- 6. Work independently and responsibly on complex research problems.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
|33 hours||117 hours|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Schedules learning and teaching||33 (3 per week)||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||55 (5 per week)||Reading|
|Guided Independent Study||62 (approx. 6 hours per week||Preparing problem set answers and working on assignments|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|3 x Problem Sets||45||1-4 Problems each||1-6||Oral/written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Examination||Examination 55% (3 hours)||1-6||August examination period|
|Problem Sets||Problem set 45% (1-8 problems)||1-6||July|
The course will spend 3-5 weeks on each of the three major topic areas. Depending on the lecturers' expertise, topics include
1.) Economic growth: Neoclassical Growth Model, Endogenous Technological Change, Imitation and Convergence, Growth and Development Accounting, Appropriate Technology, Multisector Growth Models, Structural Change, Non-balanced Growth.
2.) Public Finance: Taxation, Inequality, Redistribution, Social Security, Fiscal Policy, Welfare State, Government Spending.
3.) Political Economy: Institutions, Endogenous Growth, Property Rights, Voting, Inequality and Redistribution, Resource Curse.
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.
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