Macroeconomics (2020/2021)

Course code
4S00242
Name of lecturer
Tamara Fioroni
Coordinator
Tamara Fioroni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
SECS-P/01 - ECONOMICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2021 al Jun 11, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to investigate the functioning of an economy, and the role played in it by the main aggregate variables: GDP, added values, incomes, consumption, investments, taxes and public spending, labor and employment, prices, money supply and interest rate. These variables will be studied with the use of formalized theories, enriched by an empirical analysis on World Bank data. They refer to three markets. First, the goods market, both on the demand and on the supply side. Second, the market for money and financial assets, with particular attention to the variables that determine the interest rate. Third, the labor market, with the importance of the unemployment rate and the dynamics played by prices in the vicinity of full employment. The analysis will be conducted both in terms of short and long term, looking for the interdependencies and the links between the various markets described above, and on how the state can correct, through its policies, their limits and failures. I The main theories will be presented using a mix of descriptive, graphic and mathematical language. At the end of the lessons, the student will have to demonstrate to be able to use the analytical tools of the macroeconomics to understand and interpret the phenomena that regulate the evolution of economic systems at national aggregate level and to evaluate the macroeconomic effects of the intervention of the Central Bank and of the fiscal policy authorities .

Syllabus

1. Macroeconomics: introduction
2. Goods market
3. Money market
4. The IS-LM model
5. The labour market
6. Unemployment-inflation and Phillips curve.
7.The IS-LM-PC equilibrium model.
8. Growth theory
9. The open economy (in short)
10. The role of expectations (in short)


References:
Blanchard O., Amighini A., Giavazzi F., Macroeconomia, Il Mulino, 2016. Part II, III, IV in full. Part V e VI in brief.
Findlay D.W. Esercizi di Macroeconomia. Guida allo studio del testo di Olivier Blanchard, Il Mulino, 2017.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Findlay, David W. (a cura di Lucia Dalla Pellegrina) Esercizi di Macroeconomia. Guida allo studio del testo di Olivier Blanchard, Alessia Amighini, Francesco Giavazzi Il Mulino 2017 9788815272003
OLIVIER BLANCHARD, ALESSIA AMIGHINI, FRANCESCO GIAVAZZI Macroeconomia. Una prospettiva europea Il Mulino 2016 978-88-15-26571-5

Assessment methods and criteria

The aim of the exam is to verify the student’s understanding of the theory analyzed in class, as well as the ability to apply the theory to solve numerical exercises.
The final exam consists of theoretical questions, numerical exercises and an optional oral test.
The exam will be based on the entire program covered during the course.