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EC201: Macroeconomics 2

  • Thijs Van Rens

    Module Leader
  • Roberto Pancrazi

    Module Lecturer
30 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

To provide students with the opportunity to understand the core theoretical models used in macroeconomics, for both closed and open economies, and how to use them to enhance their comprehension of real-world macroeconomic experiences, especially involving macroeconomic policy.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should have an understanding of a wide variety of theoretical models commonly used in macroeconomics; an ability to present clearly and methodically in their own words, also using equations and diagrams as appropriate; an understanding of the relationship between different models, and how to apply them in the analysis of recent macroeconomic episodes and policy discussions affecting actual economies.

Syllabus

The module will typically cover the following topics:

1. Flex-Price Models and Policy Issues (Closed Economy). Price-setting. Investment.

Consumption. Growth. Wage-setting and Unemployment. Money and Inflation.

2. Sticky-Price Models and Monetary Policy (Closed Economy). (Term 1)

3. Fiscal Policy. Business Cycles. Economic Policy. Financial Markets.

4. Open Economy and Policy Issues. International Trade. International Financial Markets. Exchange Rate Systems. Monetary unions. (Term 2)

The syllabus for EC201 will change in 2017/18. Incoming students should not purchase a new textbook (but should hold on to their copy of last year's textbook for EC108, Carlin and Soskice). Using more advanced readings, we will cover four/five topics in detail: intertemporal consumption choice and business cycles, monetary theory, labour markets, growth, and open economy macroeconomics (international economics).

Context

Core Module
L100 - Year 2, L116 - Year 2, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
EC108 or EC107 with a mark of 65% plus guided reading in summer vacation
Restrictions
May not be combined with EC204 or EC229.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Autumn term only (1 x test – 12 CATS) and in the Spring term only (1 x test -12 CATS) and in the Autumn and Spring terms together (2 x tests - 24 CATS)

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 3 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
Two 45-minute tests (worth 10% each)
Exam Timing
May/June

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 3 hours.

Answer ALL TEN questions in Section A (3 marks each), ALL FOUR questions in Section B (10 marks each) and ONE of the TWO questions in Section C (30 marks). Answer Section A questions in one booklet, Section B questions in a separate booklet; and Section C questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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