European Macroeconomics - Learning and Teaching Package
Exploring Economics, 2021
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Learning and Teaching Package for the Course "European Macroeconomics"
Accompanying textbook: Fundamentals of Economics. Introduction into the Science of Markets (in German)
- A critical introduction for students of economics
- A multiparadigmatic textbook, including neoclassical, Austrian and Keynesian economics
- A focus on the roots of financial crises & the recent effects of digitization on the financial system
! The lecture is a new version of the content of this book, presenting economic theories & empirics through their specific understanding of the economy !
Information on the course
This is a new online course at bachelor level. It presents an introduction into macroeconomics with a specific focus on the euro area. The theoretical part provides a critical presentation of the two key macroeconomic models: the (neo)classical approach and the Keynesian approach. This allows a comparative analysis of important macroeconomic topics:
- government debt and Modern Monetary Theory
- banks and financial crises.
The policy-oriented part discusses the monetary policy of the ECB and the specific challenges for fiscal policy in the euro area. The course also presents other euro area specific topics: Optimum currency area, euro crises, Next Generation EU and Green New Deal.
This course will be made available on the Network for Pluralism in Economics YouTube channel on a regular basis.
The course is based on an online course offered at the University of Würzburg. The tutorial will not be made available on YouTube.
- Lecture: every Tuesday, 2-4 pm (s.t.) (CET)
- Tutorials: every Monday, 4-6 pm (c.t.) (CET)
Course duration: 20th of April - 13th of July, 2021
Communication: we offer a Telegram chat for the people taking the course to exchange thoughts and ideas. We will provide some rules for communication in the group. Please only join, if you are taking the course (here).
Exams: we will offer an exam end of July / August. The exam will either be based on multiple choice questions or in an essay format. The certificate of performance worth 3 ECTS is granted by the Network for Pluralism in Econmics and runs under the category of 'accrediation' in the higher education regulation. More info on accreditation here.
Unit 1 - Introduction to the course
a) Targets of Macroeconomic Policy and the Performance of the Euro Area
b) The debate on the economic loss function
Unit 2 - The mechanics of the two core macroeconomic models
a) The (neo-)classical model
b) The Keynesian model
Unit 3 - The financial system and banks in the two models
Unit 4 - Unemployment and stabilization policies
b) stabilization policies
Unit 5 - Fiscal policy
Unit 6 - Inflation
Unit 7 - Monetary policy of the ECB - in theoretical perspective
Unit 8 - Monetary policy of the ECB - in institutional perspective i.
Unit 9 - Monetary policy of the ECB - in institutional perspective ii.
Unit 10 - Fiscal policy in the Euro area: coordinating policies of 19 countries
Unit 11 - The euro crisis - learnings from the different economic models
This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.). It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.