Honours Macroeconomics

This course considers the principal approaches used in modern macroeconomics to investigate business cycles and the long-term performance of market economies. In the first part of the course, business cycles and empirical business cycle models are considered (including the Mundell-Fleming and the dynamics of the current account are considered). This is followed by a session on monetary and fiscal policies. The second half of the course introduces the two major models of modern macroeconomics (Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans and Overlapping-Generations models) in the context of growth theory. At the end of the course, the student should be able to follow the bulk of modern macroeconomic research.

Course instructors: Monique Reid and Gideon du Rand

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BER Weekly

18 February 2019
There was a slew of data releases last week, both on the domestic and international front. Domestic releases focused on real economic data for December 2018, all but completing the picture for 2018Q4 GDP. In financial markets, the rand lost further ground last week on the back of a strong US dollar and the return of load shedding. On the international...

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