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EC102: Introductory Macroeconomics

Session: One
Prerequisites: Working knowledge of mathematics (i.e. elementary calculus)

Professor Barbara Petrongolo
Dr Francesco Zanetti

This course aims to help you understand recent developments in macroeconomics using graphic analysis and simple algebra. We will study the stylised facts of business cycle fluctuations, economic growth and unemployment; discuss what light modern macroeconomics can shed on these facts; and finally evaluate the scope for policy to improve macroeconomic performance.

The first part of the course will cover the performance of the economy in the long-run and in particular the determination of national income, the determinants of long-run economic growth, inflation and unemployment, and economic pathologies such as persistent unemployment and hyperinflation. The second part of the course will cover the behaviour of economy in the short-run, including business cycle fluctuations, the design and effects of monetary and fiscal policy, budget deficits and government debt, and the open economy. The course will conclude with the study of the European Monetary Union and the Euro Crisis, and the Great Recession.


The main textbook for this course is:
N. Gregory Mankiw, Macroeconomics, McMillan, Eighth Edition (International Edition), 2012.

Another useful textbook for browsing data and case studies is:
Olivier Blanchard, MacroeconomicsSixth Edition, (Pearson International Edition), 2012.

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Two written examinations