Master's Macroeconomics

This course considers the major policy issues in macroeconomics and a number of contemporary topical issues from the perspective of developing countries. It combines theoretical and empirical considerations with policy approaches. The course outline divides into three sub-sections starting with the characteristics of developing countries and the nature of economic policy. This is followed by a number of major policy issues. In each case we analyse the issues from a theoretical and empirical perspective and investigate how these issues may be addressed by combinations of macroeconomic policies (mainly monetary, fiscal and trade policies). Occasionally we explore the interface between macro- and microeconomic policies. The final subsection deals with four topical contemporary issues.

Course instructors: Estian Calitz

Work programme

BER Weekly

29 July 2019
Domestic financial markets were dominated by the reaction of credit rating agencies to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announcement that Eskom will receive an additional R59 billion (bn) bailout. This will be spread over the 2019/20 (R26bn) and 2020/21 (R33bn) fiscal years. Combined with the R23bn per annum committed to Eskom in the February budget,...

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