208-2011-Syllabus

208-2011-Syllabus - assistant for this class will be...

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Econ 208 Marek Kapiˇ cka Spring 2011 Topics in Macroeconomics This course studies micro-founded macroeconomic models. Concepts and tools from microeconomics will be applied to study macroeconomic issues and policies, including government spending, taxation, government debt, monetary policies, and banking. The topics will be presented and analyzed using simple mathematical models with emphasis on general equilibrium and intertemporal economic analysis. The primary goal of this class is to introduce some of standard tools widely used in modern macroeconomics and necessary to understand articles both in the press and academic journals. The textbook for this course is: Macroeconomics, by Matthias Doepke, Andreas Lehnert, and Andrew Sellgren (henceforth, DLS), The lectures will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm-3:15pm in 387 101. I will have office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 in NH 3052. I can also be contacted by email at [email protected] The teaching
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Unformatted text preview: assistant for this class will be Jennifer Milosch ([email protected]). TA sessions will meet on Thursdays 4:00-4:50 in BRDA 1640. There will be 5 problem sets, a midterm on April 27 and a final on Monday June 6 from 4 to 6. Your lowest score problem set will be dropped. The grades will be determined by the problem sets (25%), the midterm (25%) and the final (50%). You can download the problem sets, as well as other class material at http://econ.ucsb.edu/˜mkapicka/E208.html 1 Tentative Outline 1. Introduction: Credit Markets and Intertemporal Allocation- DLS, Chapter 3 and 5 2. The Effects of Government Spending- DLS, Chapter 12 3. Government Taxation and Government Debt- DLS, Chapter 13, Chapter 14 2. Fiscal and Monetary Policy- DLS, Chapter 18 3. Optimal Monetary Policy- DLS, Chapter 19 4. Financial Intermediation- DLS, Chapter 17 2...
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