Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
This course is among those characterizing the Bachelor’s Degree programme in International Trade and Tourism. The aim of the course is to provide an overview of main macroeconomic issues and tools. The course analyses models explaining the determinants of equilibria in goods and financial markets in closed and open economies. A particular attention is devoted to the temporal evolution of the equilibrium, distinguishing between short and medium run dynamics. Great emphasis will be given to the implications of opening national economies to international markets.
The models analysed in the course will help understanding the effect of economic policies, such as fiscal policy and monetary policy, on three main macroeconomic variables: aggregate output, unemployment rate and inflation rate. The course will also introduce basic models of economic growth, which explain the evolution of aggregate production in the long run.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1. Understand the interconnections between goods and financial markets
1.2. Understand the determinants of short and medium run equilibrium in goods and financial markets in closed and open economies
1.3. Understand the impact of international openness on goods and financial markets
1.4. Understand the effect of fiscal and monetary policies in the short and in the medium run
2. Ability to apply knowledge:
2.1. Identify effects of economic policies on goods and financial markets
2.2. Apply macroeconomic models to understand which economic policy tools may be used to achieve specific goals set by governments or central banks in terms of output, unemployment rate and inflation
2.3. Evaluate the differential impact of alternative economic policy instruments on the equilibrium in good and financial markets
3. Making judgements:
3.1. Evaluate the condition of a particular macroeconomic system and formulate hypothesis on its future evolution, based on analytical models
3.2. Based on the models studied in the course, evaluate the efficacy of alternative economic policies on various macroeconomic objectives in the short, medium and long run
3.3. Understand the current economic debate and critically assess the empirical relevance of the models studied
Prerequisites: Main learning outcomes of the Math course (first and second module) must be achieved (even if the exam has not been taken yet). In particular, students should be familiar with basic tools of analytic geometry and systems of equations.
- Financial markets and expectations
- Expectations, output and policy
- Openness in goods and financial markets
- The goods market in an open economy
- The balance of payments
- Output, the interest rate and the exchange rate
- Exchange rate regimes
- Fiscal policy
- Economic growth
O. Blanchard, A. Amighini and F. Giavazzi, Macroeconomia. Una prospettiva europea, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2016. Chapters: II - IX (first module); X, XI, XIV, XVI - XX, XXII (second module).
Additional material on specific topics will be made available on Moodle.
Assessment consists in a written exam covering the whole program of the two modules. The exam consists of a set of questions and exercises on theoretical aspects or numerical applications of the topics in the course programme. In order to pass the exam, the final mark should be at least 18/30. The use of books, notes and electronic devices (with the only exception of a calculator) is not allowed during the examination. Oral exams are not possible.
The exam assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of the topics included in the program as well as students’ ability to apply the theoretical framework acquired in the course to evaluate the effect of monetary and fiscal policies on macroeconomic equilibrium.
a) Teachers’ frontal lectures
The exercises presented during the tutorials and the topics discussed in teachers’ notes are part of the exam’s program.
Additional exercises can be found in this book: D. W. Findlay, Esercizi di Macroeconomia. Guida allo studio del testo di O. Blanchard, A. Amighini, F. Giavazzi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2017.
All the additional teaching material made available to students will be uploaded on the Moodle page of the course.
Type of exam
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
Last update of the programme: 18/04/2020
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