Why are economies unstable? Can globalisation benefit all? How do we achieve a sustainable economy? Does inequality undermine macroeconomic performance? Macroeconomics provides the tools to understand these and many other questions facing entire economies. Unlike microeconomics which examines the economic actions of individual households, firms or industries, macroeconomics considers the economy as a whole. Understanding and explaining the importance of national income, monetary systems, employment, economic productivity and international trade are all central to this subject. You will also learn to explain and interpret current economic conditions and evaluate the short-term and long-term consequences of various macroeconomic interventions (e.g., tax levels, monetary supply, tariffs).
Academic unit: Bond Business School Subject code: ECON71-202 Subject title: Macroeconomics Subject level: Postgraduate Semester/Year: May 2021 Credit points: 10.000
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Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable Delivery mode: Standard Workload items:
- Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
- Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial
- Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials
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- Robin Stonecash,Joshua Gans,Stephen King,Martin Byford,Kris Ivanovski,N. Gregory Mankiw (2020). Principles of Macroeconomics. 8th, Cengage AU 512
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Apply macroeconomic principles to interpret the recent movements in key economic indicators of the Australia and other economies.
- Critically evaluate the key differences between the short-run and long-run impacts of macroeconomic policies.
- Apply the knowledge of specific issues in macroeconomics pertinent to recent changes to the global economic environment and policy conditions faced by the Australian Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
- Analyse the significance of Australian economy in relation to the rest of the world and the implications of this interdependence in the balance of payments and exchange rate.
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|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)
|Final Examination - Covers all topics. Comprehensive exam in the form of short-answer questions.
|Final Examination Period
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)
|Mid-semester examination - Covers topics from 1 to 5, in the form of short-answer questions.
|Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period)
|Two Individual assignments in the form of essay questions
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
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National Income Accounting
Explores the relationship between an economy’s total income and expenditure. Gross domestic product (GDP) is defined and calculated from its four major components.The distinction between real GDP and nominal GDP.
Productivity and Growth
Explores the factors that determine a country’s production and income and why labour productivity is the key determinant of a country’s standard of living. Also examines how a country’s policies influence its productivity and economic growth, how economic growth differs around the world, and the implications for poverty.
Consumption, Saving, Investment and Financial System
Specific actions such as the supply and demand for loanable funds, the determination of interest rates, and how market forces and various economic policies impact equilibrium saving and investment are explained.
Money and Inflation: The Monetary System
What is money and what functions does it have in the economy? The role of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the mechanisms it uses to influence liquidity conditions in the economy are examined.
What is unemployment? What is the natural rate of unemployment? What are the causes and effects of unemployment? Data are used to measure the level of unemployment and consider how “classical” unemployment can result from the real wage being too high due to minimum-wage laws, union wage bargaining or efficiency wages. Also explores the concepts of frictional and structural unemployment.
The Open Economy – Basic Concepts
How net exports measure the international flow of goods and services; how net foreign investment measures the international flow of capital; consider why net exports must always equal net foreign investment; see how saving, domestic investment and net foreign investment are related; learn the meaning of the nominal exchange rate and the real exchange rate; and examine purchasing-power parity as a theory of how exchange rates are determined.
A Macroeconomic Theory of the Open Economy
Builds a model to explain an open economy’s trade balance and exchange rate and applies it to analyse the effects of government budget deficits, the macroeconomic effects of trade policies, political instability and capital flight.
Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply
What are the three key facts regarding short-run economic fluctuations? Consider how does the economy differ in the short-run as compared to the long-run. Consider these and other questions in developing a short-run model of aggregate demand and aggregate supply.
Influence of Monetary and Fiscal Policy on Aggregate Demand
Explores the effects of fiscal and monetary policy on aggregate demand. Also considers whether and how policymakers should try to affect the economy.
Inflation and Unemployment
Examines the short-run trade-off between inflation and unemployment and why it disappears in the long-run. Also explores how supply shocks can shift the inflation-unemployment trade-off and how policymakers’ credibility might affect the cost of reducing inflation.