Macroeconomics II

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Wouter Den Haan, 32L.1.08A

Professor Benjamin Moll, 32L. 1.19


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, BSc in Economics and MSc in Economics (2 Year Programme). This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.


Students must have completed Microeconomics I (EC1A1) and Macroeconomics I (EC1B1), or equivalent.

Students must also have completed Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) (MA107) or Mathematical Methods (MA100), or equivalent.

MSc in Economics (2 Year Programme) students can take Mathematical Methods (MA100) alongside EC2B1.

Course content

This is an intermediate course in macroeconomics that builds on the knowledge learned in Macroeconomics I (EC1B1). A set of important frameworks and approaches to model macroeconomic developments will be discussed. You will be challenged to apply the tools that we develop in the course to understand better historical and contemporary events. An important aspect of the course is that you will acquire a deeper understanding of the material through an assignment containing some programming and data analysis.

The MT part of the course focuses on long-term economic developments. We will explore possible explanations for the empirical observation that macroeconomic developments differ so widely across countries. We begin with conventional economic reasoning, but will also explore the role of political systems, (financial) institutions, and culture. In addition to long-term economic growth, we will also study why countries are susceptible to economic crises and what policies and/or institutions can be put in place to reduce this risk. We will not just focus on economic aggregates, but also analyse how economic growth affect different individuals. Specifically, we will look at the interaction between economic growth and social inclusion and in particular women’s rights.

The LT part of the course provides a unified approach to study macroeconomics which is based on microfoundations and general equilibrium taking into account possible market imperfections. We will study economic choices that are key for macroeconomic developments, such as the consumption-savings decision, the labour-leisure decision, and the investment decisions. These are  the building blocks for some models with which we can study the behaviour of aggregate variables as well as the role of economic policies.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

There will be a reading week in Week 6 of LT, during which there will be no lectures or classes.

Student learning will be supported through the EC2B1 Support Lab and through a dedicated discussion forum.

Formative coursework

There are weekly assignments and feedback will be given on two per term.

Indicative reading

  • Weil, David. “Economic Growth, international student edition.” (2014 or the 4th edition if it has become available).
  • Kurlat, Pablo. "A Course in Modern Macroeconomics." (2020)


Exam (70%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Project (30%, 2500 words) in the LT.

The project comprises a programming component, some data analysis, and a description of the results.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills