Macroeconomics 3

Subject ECON90048 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


ECON90047 Macroeconomics 2

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the general equilibrium approach to the modelling the macroeconomy. Topics include the study of the business cycle, growth models and open economy Macroeconomics.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental differences between the Neo-Walrasian and Keynesian research programs;
  • Analyse the business cycle using the Lucas imperfect information and Real Business Cycle models;
  • Explain the concept of rational expectations and identify its implications including the monetary rules versus discretion debate, the Lucas critique and the consumption random walk hypothesis;
  • Describe the Solow-Swan neoclassical growth model, simple models of endogenous growth, and understand issues related to the empirical analysis of economic growth.
  • One mid-semester test conducted in week 7 (10%);
  • 3000 word assignment due in week 10 (30%); and
  • Two-hour final examination (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summarise and interpretation of information
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaborative learning and team work
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

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