Economics 442: Macroeconomic Policy
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at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison for Spring 2019 Semester
Syllabus | Academic Integrity |
Important Dates |
Downloadable Course Materials and Information Sources |
Department of Economics
Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs |
LECTURE: MW 2:30-3:45, SocSci 6102
Professor Menzie Chinn
Office Hours: MW 2:30-3:30
7418 Social Sciences
Tel: (608) 262-7397
Econ 442 Syllabus in PDF file.
This course will address current issues in modern macroeconomic policymaking, including: (1) the causes of growth slowdown; (2) the efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy, (3) the impact of policy uncertainty, (4) international macro policy challenges, (5) the recent behavior of inflation.
Prerequisites: Econ 301 or 311, and Econ 302 or 312, and Econ 310.
The required textbook is Olivier Blanchard, Macroeconomics 7/e (Prentice-Hall, 2017). Other required readings are listed below. In addition, some readings from Econbrowser will be assigned.
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- Midterm 1: 3/6
- Midterm 2: 4/15
- Term paper due:
5/1 (Wed.) 5/4 11:59PM (Saturday nr. midnight)
Downloadable Course Materials
Required On-line Readings
- CBO: CBO, Budget and Economic Outlook: 2019-2029, January 2019, Chapter 2 "Economic Outlook" [link]
- ISLM: Notes on IS-LM. [link]
- PCO: Notes on Portfolio Crowding Out. [link]
- KS: John Kitchen and Menzie Chinn, Financing U.S. Debt: Is There Enough Money in the World – and At What Cost?" International Finance (2012). [link]
- ADAS: Notes on Aggregate Demand/Aggregate Supply [link]
- NBER: Business Cycles  and 
- EHTS: Notes on Expectations Hypothesis of the Term Structure, the Liquidity Premium and Economic Activity [link]
- BM: Bauer, Mertens, “Information in the Yield Curve about Future Recessions,” FRBS EL Aug 2019. [link]
- SS: Secular Stagnation: Facts, Causes, Cures. [link]
- Chinn: Chinn, “Fiscal Multipliers” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Economics [link]
- TBA: Kuttner, "Outside the Box: Unconventional Monetary Policy in the Great Recession and Beyond," Hutchins Center Working Paper #47, Brookings Institution (October 2018). [PDF]
- Open: Notes on Open Economy Macroeconomics [link]
- BBD: Baker, Bloom and Davis, “Has Policy Uncertainty Hampered the Recovery” [link]
- FHSW: Fernald, Hall, Stock, Watson, “The Disappointing Recovery in Output since 2009” [link]
- BFR: Byrne, Fernald, Reinsdorf, “Does Growing Mismeasurement Explain Disappointing Growth?” [link]
- BCS: Blanchard, Cerutti, and Summers, “Inflation and Activity” [link]
- Frankel, "Lecture 8: Dynamic Inconstency of Monetary Policy, and How to Address It"
- Notes on Modern Monetary Theory for Paleo-Keynesians
- Economic Report of the President, 2019
- Brad Delong, "What is Modern Monetary Theory," Jan. 21, 2019
- Bob Arnold, "How CBO Produces Its 10-Year Economic Forecast," Working Paper 2018-02 (February 2018).
- Furman, "Extracting the Signal from the Noise: 7 Tips for Interpreting Macroeconomic Data," Milken Institute Review (2016).
- Ferrera, Lhuissier, Tripier, "Uncertainty Fluctuations: Measures, Effects and Macroeconomic Policy Challenges
," CEPII Policy Brief 20 (December 2017).
- Baker, Bloom and Davis, "Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(4).
- GS Global Macro Research, "Top of Mind: Rundown on Runoff," September 2017.
- Greenlaw, Hamilton, Harris, West, "A Skeptical View of the Impact of the Fed’s Balance Sheet," US Monetary Policy Forum paper (2018)
- CEA, Assesssing the State of the Economy in Real Time using Headline Economic Indicators (January 11, 2017)
- Economic Report of the President, 2018
Tracking the Crisis and Recession
Weblogs and Perspectives
Economics and Economic Policy Links
U.S. Government Agencies
Current and Historical Data
- St. Louis Fed economic database Thousands of time series on economic activity, in an easily downloadable form.
- IMF International Financial Statistics via UW Data and Information Services Center
- YCharts Macro and equity market data series.
- Yahoo finance website Current financial data.
- Google finance website Current financial data.
- ino.com Futures data.
- Federal Reserve Board data Monetary, financial and output data collected by the Nation's central bank.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis, Dept. of Commerce Data on GDP and components (the national income and product accounts) as well as other macroeconomic data.
- Bureau of the Census, Dept. of Commerce Data on the characteristics of the US population as well as of US firms.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dept. of Labor Data on wages, prices, productivity, and employment and unemployment rates.
- Energy Information Agency, Dept. of Energy Data on energy (electricity, gas, petroleum) production, consumption and prices.
- Economic Report of the President, various years. The back portion of
this annual publication contains about 70 tables of government economic data.
- Economic Indicators CEA and JEC Compilation of economic data in tabular form.
- Economic Time Series page A large collection of economic time series.
- NBER Data Specialized economic databases created by
economists associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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