Online Text and Notes in Advanced Macroeconomics

Olivier J. Blanchard, MIT

Seven lecture notes from a graduate course archived from Spring 2002 are held here. Topics are Fluctuations: Organization of the course, and facts; Fluctuations: Shocks, Uncertainty, and the Consumption/Saving Choice; Fluctuations: Introducing a Leisure/Labor Choice in the Ramsey Model. RBC models; Allowing for non trivial investment decisions; Introducing money; Introducing Nominal Rigidities; and More on Price Setting and Policy Implications. Theses files are available as part of a zipped package of items supporting this course.

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Christian Ghiglino, Department of Economics. University of Essex

This course page supports a course on advanced macroeconomics as taught by Christian Ghiglino of the University of Essex in 2009-10. The main topics are: 1) Innovation and diffusion; 2) Theories of the Real Business Cycle; 3) Fiscal policy and some monetary policy, 4) Models with heterogeneous agents with special interest on the relations between growth, the income distribution and credit restrictions, and 5) Models with endogenous fertility and migration. It includes a course outline / reading list, lecture presentations / notes, problem sets (with solutions) and past exams.

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Thomas F Rutherford, University of Colorado; Kevin O'Rourke, University College, Dublin

Guide to the subsystem of the General Algebraic Modelling System (GAMS) that can be used to build and solve general equilibrium models. Sections (with gemoetric and algebraic explanation of the model followed by worked examples in GAMS/MPSGE) on: Introduction to Demand Theory; Constant Elasticity of Substitution functions; General Equilibrium with Phblicv Goods; Comparing the Performance of Flexible Functional Forms; Competitive General Equilibrium and Economic History; and a 'small library' of other microeconomic examples.

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John Hillas, University of Auckland

This is a set of course notes on Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, as taught by John Hillas at the University of Auckland. It is presented as a single PDF file of some 35 pages. It includes: chapters of Growth and Productivity theory (based on Cobb-Douglas production function), Overlapping Generations model and its application to savings behaviour, profit maximisation, growth, technical change and government finance. In summary form, concentrating on mathematical statements of the theories, with worked examples. Preceded by 'Mathematical Preliminaries' for an intermediate/advanced macroeconomics course, covering differentiation and its applications, optimisation, expectations and variance. These are a concentrated summary of the techniques needed to understand the course, offering statements of theorems without proofs.

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Hal R Varian, University of California, Berkeley
This is a 17-page PDF book chapter from 1997 intended as informal advice for anyone on the process of making a model, especially graduate students. It covers sources of inspiration, refinement, and the use of existing literature.
Alan J Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley
This course web page is a syllabus with embedded links to .pdf readings. It supports a series of public finance seminars, co-ordinated by Alan J. Auerbach of University of California, Berkeley in 2004.
David Romer, University of California, Berkeley
This course web page is a syllabus with embedded links to .pdf readings. It supports a series of seminars in macroeconomics as organised by David Romer of University of California, Berkeley, in 2004.
Pranab Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley
This course web page is a syllabus with embedded links to readings in .pdf. It supports a series of seminars on planning and development as organised by Pranab Bardhan of University of California, Berkeley, in 2004.

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