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Macroeconomics I - Period 4 Social Sciences & Humanities Program Spring 2025 Semester - Amsterdam

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Macroeconomics I - Period 4

Macroeconomics I - Period 4 Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Economics
Instruction in: English
Course Code: E_EBE1_MACEC
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84
Prerequisites: Economic Challenges, Quantitative Research Methods I en Microeconomics I


This course concerns the functioning of the economy as a whole, at times for a single country and at times for countries in an international context. The course starts with a description of basic macro-economic concepts both from a theoretical and empirical point of view. An introduction to money and banking expands the field of study to monetary economics. Next, the course addresses the real side of the macro economy and shows the circular flow of production factors and final goods between households and firms. A basic model of income determination and a basic model of real economic growth follow. Next, the real and monetary sides of the macro economy are joined to provide a basic model of business cycles to jointly study fluctuations in (un)employment and inflation. Finally, the course initiates an analysis of fiscal and monetary policy, in a European and international context. The course maintains links with current events and policy questions of pressing concern.

Following a quarter century of steady economic growth, falling unemployment rates and low inflation, the advanced economies received in 2008 the largest economic shock since the great depression of the 1930s. What were the origins of the crisis? Was it mostly a failure of regulation or are such crisis inevitable feature of market-based macro economies? Are we already witnessing the origins of the next crisis?

In this course we build upon material from the course Microeconomics I, and we study the developments of aggregate economic growth, of business cycles in employment, consumption, investment and trade, and we consider the joint movements of inflation, exchange rates, monetary aggregates and financial indicators. We also look at national income accounts as a means of reporting on macro-economic developments using concepts that also appear in the course Accounting I. Further, macro-economic indicators such as interest rates, exchanges rates and economic growth are important factors for business decisions that are discussed in other first year courses such as Marketing and Finance.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) awards credits based on the ECTS system. Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA's recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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