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Master 2023/2024

Macroeconomics (Advanced Level)

Type: Compulsory course (Economics and Economic Policy)
Area of studies: Economics
When: 1 year, 2, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Economics and Economic policy
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
Contact hours: 90

Course Syllabus


This course is a master’s level introductory course on Macroeconomic theory. It aims to instill a firm understanding of the basic language of the modern macroeconomics. Macroeconomics addresses the “big” questions by asking: Why do economies grow over time, and what factors do determine the speed of economic growth? Why do we have business cycles, and how should monetary and fiscal policies react to short-run fluctuations? The course will seek the answers to these questions by applying modern tools to the analysis of macroeconomic processes. The evolution of total output can be conceptually decomposed into a long-term trend and business-cycles around this trend. Macroeconomists have developed two distinct groups of theories (e.g. employing different sets of assumptions) depending on whether they are interested in explaining the short-run dynamics or the long-run dynamics in the economy. Similarly, this course is divided into two parts. The first part of the course, taught by Dmitry Veselov, is devoted to the process of trend-growth in output per capita. It offers an overview of a range of standard growth models, discuss their theoretical relevance and empirical success in explaining different aspects of the process of long-run economic growth and the emergence of income differences across countries. The second part of the course, taught by Arsenii Mishin, is focused on issues in a short-run macro. It presents basic theories of business cycle fluctuations with reference to the conduct of macroeconomic policies. We will do so by introducing the dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models that take agent optimization, dynamics, and expectations formation seriously. The primary focus will be on the main tools that are used for construction of business cycle models and their application to fiscal and monetary policies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To provide students with the stylized facts about economic growth and business cycle and the main questions macroeconomists try to address
  • To present basic theories of economic growth and business cycle
  • Introduce students to core concepts and standard methodological tools that lay the foundation of modern macroeconomic analysis
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the logic behind modern approach to Macroeconomics.
  • Show the role of heterogeneity and risk-sharing.
  • Apply the Lagrangian method to solve models without production.
  • Construct the Bellman equation to solve both finite and infinite horizon deterministic models.
  • Construct the Bellman equation to solve stochastic problems.
  • Differentiate between state and control variables.
  • Derive model's equations, compute the solution to the RBC model, perform model's calibration and simulation.
  • Apply Dynare to quantitative work with basic macroeconomic models.
  • Solve basic macroeconomic models numerically.
  • Learn how to introduce fiscal policy into the RBC set up and evaluate its effects on the main results.
  • Learn how to introduce sticky prices into the RBC set up and evaluate the effects of monetary policy on aggregate variables.
  • Introduce the main ideas and approaches of modeling the financial sector in macroeconomic models.
  • Illustrate the mechanisms of how financial crises spill over to the real economy.
  • At the end of the course, students are expected to show an awareness of the main debates and approaches in the literature on economic growth and business cycle that will help them decide on the direction of their future research.
  • At the end of the course, students are expected to show a basic understanding of the workings of standard macroeconomic models that will enable them to learn and work with more advanced models in the future.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to economic growth
  • Neoclassical Growth Theory
  • Overlapping Generations (OLG) Models
  • Endogenous Growth Theory
  • Technology transfer and cross-country convergence
  • Business Cycle. Week 1: Preliminaries
  • Business Cycle. Weeks 2-3: Dynamic Programming and Neoclassical Growth Model
  • Business Cycle. Weeks 4-5: Real Business Cycle Models (RBC)
  • Business Cycle. Week 6: Fiscal Policy in the Real Business Cycle Model
  • Business Cycle. Weeks 7-8: New Keynesian Models
  • Business Cycle. Weeks 9-10: Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance and active participation in classes
    Attendance and active participation in classes
  • non-blocking Quizzes
    Quizzes on materials of the course
  • non-blocking Mini-test work
    Mini-test work on the base on home assignments.
  • non-blocking Mid-term exam
    Mid-term exam on the base of the first part of the course
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.05 * Attendance and active participation in classes + 0.05 * Attendance and active participation in classes + 0.3 * Final exam + 0.2 * Mid-term exam + 0.1 * Mini-test work + 0.1 * Mini-test work + 0.1 * Quizzes + 0.1 * Quizzes


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Advanced macroeconomics, Romer, D., 2012
  • Campbell, J. (1994). Inspecting the Mechanism: An Analytical Approach to the Stochastic Growth Model. Scholarly Articles. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.hrv.faseco.3196342
  • Introduction to modern economic growth, Acemoglu, D., 2009
  • King, R. G., & Rebelo, S. T. (1999). Resuscitating real business cycles. Handbook of Macroeconomics, 927. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.h.eee.macchp.1.14
  • Lucas, R., Jr. (1976). Econometric policy evaluation: A critique. Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, (1), 19. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.crcspp.v1y1976ip19.46
  • Mankiw, N. G. (1990). A Quick Refresher Course in Macroeconomics. Journal of Economic Literature, (4), 1645. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.aea.jeclit.v28y1990i4p1645.60
  • Mark Gertler, Jordi Gali, & Richard Clarida. (1999). The Science of Monetary Policy: A New Keynesian Perspective. Journal of Economic Literature, (4), 1661. https://doi.org/10.1257/jel.37.4.1661
  • Monetary policy, inflation, and the business cycle : an introduction to the new Keynesian framework, Gali, J., 2008
  • The ABCs of RBCs : an introduction to dynamic macroeconomic models, McCandless, G., 2008

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Macroeconomic theory : a dynamic general equilibrium approach, Wickens, M., 2008