Advanced Macroeconomics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Macroeconomics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 202, QUAN 111 or (MATH 141/142, 151)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course explores the properties of short-run and medium-run macroeconomic equilibria in a small open economy with monopolistically competitive firms, strategic bargaining behaviour in factor markets, and other potential sources of price stickiness and adjustment lags.

    This is an advanced course in macroeconomics, analysing the roles of monetary and fiscal policy in the shaping of macroeconomic outcomes. The course also offers a more formal treatment of the factors that determine economic growth and the differences in income between countries.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Present and discuss macroeconomic theory at an advanced level.
    2. Analyse the short run dynamics of macroeconomic aggregates in the presence of nominal rigidities.
    3. Explain the theoretical basis for central bank inflation targeting and use of monetary rules, and the consequences of alternative monetary policies.
    4. Explain the trade-offs faced by fiscal authorities between output and debt stabilisation
    5. Articulate and discuss sources of economic growth in dynamic macroeconomic models.

    Short Assignments 15%
    Mini-quizzes 5%
    Two in-class 30 min tests 20%
    3hr Final Exam 60%

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