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Unit information: Macroeconomic Analysis in 2021/22

Unit name Macroeconomic Analysis
Unit code EFIM20037
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Marion Prat
Open unit status Not open

EFIM10008 Mathematical and Statistical Methods and
EFIM10026 The Economy
EFIM10010 Economic Principles and
EFIM10024 Probability, Statistics, and Econometrics



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will take a modern look at the macroeconomy, incorporating both recent insights into how the economy works and also pedagogical concerns that macroeconomics has become too mathematical. Students will understand both that (i) macroeconomic models are simplifications of a complicated economy and also; (ii) that such models are only provisionally correct, since they are dependent on empirical verification.

The main topics to be studied will be:

(i) the determinants of long-run economic growth and productivity and income differences between countries;

(ii) the components of aggregate demand - investment and consumers’ expenditure;

(iii) the consequence of market failures in credit and labour markets for macroeconomic behaviour;

(iv) the operation and efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy in developed economies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able:

  1. To have a basic understanding of how macroeconomic models work and to sketch the derivation of such models;
  2. To use economic models to answer hypothetical questions about the operation of the macroeconomy and to draw appropriate policy conclusions;
  3. To compare and contrast competing theories of the macroeconomy and to understand the logic of different views of the economy;
  4. To understand the conclusions/measurement problems and methods used (albeit without a technical knowledge) by empirical papers in macroeconomics and to evaluate economic models.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

Coursework 1 (1,500 words) (40%)

Coursework 2 (2,500 words) (60%)


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