Introductory Macroeconomics

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Economics
  • Application code SS-EC102
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This course takes both a short and a long-term view of the economy, and aims to help you understand recent developments in macroeconomics using graphic analysis and simple algebra.

It focuses on the stylised facts of business cycle fluctuations, economic growth and unemployment; discusses what light modern macroeconomics can shed on these facts; and finally evaluates the scope for policy to improve macroeconomic performance.

The economy in the long run

This first part of the course introduces the building blocks of the macro economy, and provides an overview of the performance of the economy in the long-run. Topics focus on the determination of national income, the determinants of long term economic growth, inflation and unemployment and economic pathologies such as persistent unemployment and hyperinflation.

The economy in the short run

An overview of the behaviour of the economy in the short term. This part of the course reviews business cycle fluctuations, the design and effects of monetary and fiscal policy, budget deficits and government debt and the open economy.

Session: Two
Dates: 11 July - 29 July 2022
Lecturers: TBC


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Two written examinations

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Working knowledge of mathematics (i.e. elementary calculus).

Programme structure

  • Economic fluctuations and stabilisation policy
  • The evolution of stabilisation policy
  • Government debt
  • Financial intermediation
  • The credit crunch
  • General equilibrium
  • Money and inflation
  • Labour markets and unemployment
  • Economic growth
  • The open economy

Course outcomes

This course will help you understand recent developments in macroeconomics using graphic analysis and simple algebra.



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On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s economics faculty.

Reading materials

The main textbook for this course is:

N. Gregory Mankiw, Macroeconomics, Worth Publishers, Ninth Edition (International Edition), 2016.

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

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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