Monetary Economics

Monetary economics studies the role of money and monetary authorities in a modern economy. We approach the topic in two sections: (i) monetary policy with specific application to the international financial crisis and (ii) monetary theory. The aim is to provide students with a solid understanding of monetary theory and to study the role of monetary authorities in the run-up to, unfolding and legacy of the international financial crisis. Part I covers the core theory of monetary economics, considering the nature of money, the role of expectations in monetary economics, the process of inflation and the Phillips curve. The role of monetary authorities in the financial crisis is the subject matter for Part II.

Course instructors: Stan du Plessis and Monique Reid

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BER Weekly

19 February 2018
It was a dramatic week on the local front with the resignation of former President Jacob Zuma, the swearing in of a new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday. This follows weeks of speculation following Ramaphosa's ascension to the position of ANC president last December. In this edition of the weekly review,...

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