Macroeconomics (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Name of lecturers
Riccardo Fiorentini, Roberto Fini
Riccardo Fiorentini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Secondo Semestre Triennali dal Feb 19, 2018 al Jun 1, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing appropriate training on the fundamentals of macroeconomic issues such as: the evolution of aggregate production, fluctuations in income and employment and the role of stabilization policies, the causes of inflation and the determinants of economic growth. Particular attention will be given to issues of greatest relevance as the evolution of public debt and the determinants of aggregate consumption.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply the tools of macroeconomics to the analysis of the evolution of macroeconomic systems and the evaluation of the effects of the intervention of Central Banks and fiscal authorities.


Topics of the course 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),10,13,16 (paragraphs 16.1,16.2 only),17 (paragraphs.17.1,17.2.1 only)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Dornbusch, Fischer, Startz, Canullo, Pettenati Macroeconomia (Edizione 12) McGraw Hill Education 2020

Assessment methods and criteria

There will be a final written exam. No 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.