Macroeconomic Policy

LPOLS1211  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Macroeconomic Policy
5.0 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
2q

Teacher(s)
Nyembwe Musungaïe André ;
Language
Français
Main themes
The study of issues in Macroeconomics will build on basic concepts from economic theory (supply, demand and market equilibrium). It will be important for students to be able to move from these basic concepts to analyse concrete topical issues such as revenue, employment, world trade, the financial markets and the movement of capital, the causes of recessions and elements favouring growth.
Aims
This course aims to give students the foundations they need to understand the evolution of "macroeconomic" variables such as production, employment, inflation, competition, etc., the objective being to enable them to analyse the evolution observed, the role of institutions and public authorities and the advantages and the disadvantages of a range of economic policies.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.

Content

The course will presents key macroeconomic variables before to deal with goods, financial and labour markets. Monetary and Fiscal policies will then be analysed through models (IS-LM for the short term and IS/LM/PC for the medium term). The link between unemployment and inflation will be discussed before that which prevails between financial markets and economic policies through expectations. Then, features of opened economies, domestic economy competitiveness, exchange rate policy and macroeconomic interdependence will be treated.

Teaching methods

The course adopts an inductive approach. Economic events or facts, as reported in newspapers, will be shortly discussed in order to introduce the chapters dealing with the related theoretical models.

Evaluation methods

A written exam of 3 hours will be composed as follows: a series of "TRUE" or "FALSE" items to be justified by a three line paragraph, a piece of newspapers economic text to be explained by the mean of an appropriate analytical tool, and an exercise which will be similar to those solved during exercise sessions. A compulsory mid-term test will partially count (a quarter of the total) towards the final mark.

Bibliography
  • Le support de base du cours est le manuel "Macroéconomie", 7e édition, d'Olivier Blanchard et Daniel Cohen. (Ed. Pearson).
  • Les diapositives du cours ex cathedra ainsi qu'un portefeuille d'articles de presse, permettant de lier davantage le cours théorique aux questions économiques réelles, seront progressivement postés sur moodle.

Le support de base du cours est le manuel "Macroéconomie", 7e édition, d'Olivier Blanchard et Daniel Cohen. (Ed. Pearson). Les diapositives du cours ex cathedra ainsi qu'un portefeuille d'articles de presse, permettant de lier davantage le cours théorique aux questions économiques réelles, seront  progressivement postés sur moodle.

Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Minor in Population and Development Studies
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Bachelor in Human and Social Sciences

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor in Political Sciences: General