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COURSE NAME: "Principles of Macroeconomics"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020

INSTRUCTOR: Simona Costagli
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 6:15-7:35 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: MA 100 or MA 101; Recommended: EN 105
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

An introduction to the basic principles of the macro economy, such as national income accounting, determination of national income, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal and monetary policy, macroeconomics in the open economy, and economic growth.

The course will cover the following topics in macroeconomics: comparative advantage and trade, supply and demand, the data of macroeconomics - measuring inflation and unemployment, economic growth, the financial system, basics of finance, money, banking and central banks, inflation, exchange rates, balance of payments, aggregate supply and demand, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy, and the inflation-unemployment tradeoff. 

The course also aims to link the economic theory to current issues and debated questions. A focus will be devoted to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy, the ongoing debate on the “new protectionism” and the US-China trade relationships and the effects of the massive use of technology and AI on the global labor market.

Students are strongly encouraged to read articles from “The Economist” (available at the University’s library), and the “Financial Times”, as well as to follow the daily news on the main economic events.

The instructor will hand out (or direct students to) additional readings on macroeconomic issues.

Materials on the course will be posted on moodle web page.

·           Understand of basic macroeconomic concepts and how to use them to construct and follow a critical argument

·           Learn to read data and evaluate sources of economic data

·           Write clearly and carefully

Locate data sources and prepare visual presentations of an economic topic that demonstrates ability to properly document materials and convey information clearly and ethically 
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberCommentsFormatLocal BookstoreOnline Purchase
MacroeconomicsMankiw and TaylorSouth Western Cengage13 978 1 4080 4392 9 Any edition will work     

Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Project presentationThe project assigned has the objective to: • find and document information; • use information that is relevant to illustrating the question/issue of concern; • present information in tables, charts, graphs that are visually easy to understand and properly documented; • test the student’s ability to summarize  and clearly present  the key elements of an issue in an oral presentation, so also showing that he/she has understood the underlying details of the issue; • develop an outline for a lecture; • make appropriate use of empirical information Provide a 7-10 Power Point slides visual presentation, lecture outline, and bibliography. The issue will be decided by lot from a list provided. 15%
Class participation/debates 5%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 40%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cou
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

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week 1
sep 21 Introduction
sep 23 Chapter 3 (Ricardian Model) Interdependence and the Gains from Trade
week 2
sep 28 Chapter 4 The Market Forces of Supply and Demand
sep 30 Chapter 5 Measuring a Nation's Income
oct 2 Chapter 5 Measuring a Nation's Income
week 3
oct 5 Chapter 6 Measuring the Cost of Living
oct 7 Review
week 4
oct 12 First exam 20% (1-6)
oct 14 Chapter 7 Production and Growth
week 5
oct 19 Chapter 8 Saving, Investment, and the Financial System
oct 21 Chapter 9 The Basic Tools of Finance
week 6
oct 26 Chapter 10 Unemployment
oct 28 Chapter 10-Chapter 11 The Monetary System
week 7
nov-02 Chapter 11 The Monetary System
nov-04 Chapter 12 Money, Growth, and Inflation
nov-06 Chapter 13 Open-Economy Macroeconomics: Basic Concepts
week 8
nov-09 Review (7-12)
nov-11 Second mid term 20% (7-12)
week 9
nov-16 Chapter 16 Aggregate Demand and Supply
nov-18 Chapter 17 The Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand
week 10
nov-23 Chapter 17 The Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand
nov-25 Project presentation
week 11
nov-30 Project presentation
dec 2 Financial crisis
week 12
dec 7 Chapter 20 Common Currency Areas and the Monetary Union
dec 9 Review