Macroeconomics for Research Students

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Benjamin Moll 32L.19  Prof Philippe Aghion 32L.2.30  Dr Maarten De Ridder 32L.11

Dr Jonathan Hazell 32L.1.10



This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Economics. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Surveys the most recent development in macroeconomics, with an emphasis on technical detail and directions for further research opened up by the material. The goal is to put the students on the research path by bringing them to the research frontier.


30 hours of lectures in the MT. 30 hours of lectures in the LT.

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 60 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes, live streamed (recorded) lectures, and some flipped content delivered as short online videos.

Formative coursework

Students will discuss papers in lectures.

Indicative reading

Readings will be mainly from journal articles; a list will be supplied at the start of term.


Assignment (100%) in the MT, LT and ST.

The assessment will consist of three take home assignments of equal weighting.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2020/21: 13

Average class size 2020/21: 12

Value: One Unit

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