The course aims at introducing students to the main topics of macroeconomic analysis focused on the aggregate performances of economic systems, which are determined by the choices of consumers, firms and public sector in a domestic and international dimension.
The course will give students the knowledge of the methodology and scientific language used in macroeconomic analysis, which features the use of mathematical tools in order to rigorously describe and explain the functioning of the good, labour and money markets and their related outcomes: national income, employment and inflation.
Upon completion of the course, students have to show their capability in using the analytical tools of macroecomics for explaining the trends of modern economic systems and for evaluating the macroeconomic effects of fiscal and monetary policies.
Topics of the course (held in Italian language) are:
1. Survey of the main schools of economic thought .
2. National accounting.
3. Aggregate demand and the income multiplier.
4. The IS-LM model
5. Consumption, investment and government expenditure
6. Aggregate demand and supply.
7. Inflation and unemployment .
8. Open economy macroeconomics.
9. Growth and capital accumulation.
The course is divided into three parts:
(i) models for the determination of output and employment in the short term, even in an open economy;
(ii) medium-term models for the analysis of inflation and the cyclic changes in production;
(iii) the long run models for the study of economic growth and its determinants.
The teaching methods consist of lectures on macroeconomic theory and classes on numerical examples. The e-learning platform of the University will be used to make available to students materials used in the tutorials and further useful readings to the understand the subject.
G. TONDINI, Formazione e distribuzione della ricchezza nelle diverse scuole di pensiero, Aracne Roma, 2006.
DORNBUSCH,FISCHER,STARTZ,CANULLO,PETTENATI, Macroeconomia, McGraw-Hill Higher Education Italy, Milano, 2014, 11° ed.
Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (except appendix and paragraph.8.5),10,13,17 (paragraphs.17.1,17.2.1 only)
|Dornbusch, Fischer, Startz, Canullo, Pettenati||Macroeconomia (Edizione 12)||McGraw Hill Education||2014|
There will be a final written exam. The exam is identical for both attending and not-attending students. No partial exams will be held during the course
The exam will consist of three "open" questions on the topics of macroeconomic theory developed during the course and in an exercise to be solved by numerical techniques relating to formal models covered in class. The exercises done in class will prepare the student to solve the numerical exercise. Examples with solution will be available on the e-learning platform of the course.
The exam will asses the level of knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic theory in the short, medium and long term the student has reached, the ability to understand the effects of macroeconomic policies used to solve the problems the real economies are facing and the ability to apply formal models to concrete cases.