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6cp at 200 level including (ECON201 or ECON204)
This unit studies macroeconomic theory and policy in a global context. It develops standard open economy macroeconomic models including: the Mundell-Fleming model; Dornbusch's overshooting model; and baseline intertemporal models. Exchange rate determination models are also analysed. These models are used to understand important issues in international macroeconomics including: the exchange rate; the current account; international capital mobility; exchange rate regimes; monetary unions and monetary and fiscal policies in open economies. Empirical evidence and policy issues are discussed where appropriate, using examples from both Australia and the rest of the world.
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To pass this unit, you do not need to pass each component of assessment. Your final score is a weighted average of all components.
|Class Test||35%||No||Week 7|
|Final Exam||45%||No||University Examination Period|
The assignment will consist of a mixture of analytical questions and essay type questions. The submission date will be announced through iLearn. The assignment should be submitted to turnitin. Please note that all students have to submit their own work. If the material from the literature is used it should be properly referenced. In the case of plagiarism the student will be given a mark of zero for the relevant part of the assignment and/or referred to the Faculty Discipline Committee. No extension will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for disruption of studies is made and approved. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.
Online submission through turnitin.
Due: Week 7
A 1.5-hour class test will be held in week 7. It will contain a mixture of multiple choice questions and written-answer questions. Failure to attend the class test will result in a mark of zero for the test unless an application for disruption to studies is made and approved. In this case the student will be given a chance to sit a supplementary test (the test might be in different format).
There will be TWO online quizzes in this course. Th multiple choice questions are randomly selected from a test bank. Each student will face a slightly different set of questions. The quizzes will be accessed online through iLearn at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. All students must access and complete the quiz by the closing time. Within this time period, there is no time limit. No extensions will be granted. This does not apply for cases in which an application for disruption of studies is made and approved.
Online quizzes will be available for 4 days and won't have time limit (i.e. you can save your quiz and access it anytime during these 4 days), this is a perfect tool to test your understanding of the lecture material. Each quiz is worth 2.5% of the final mark.
Students must be aware that IT failures can occur. It is the student’s responsibility to plan for these possibilities and completion of the quiz soon after release is strongly advised. While any catastrophic system failures will be taken into account, events such as system outage with three hours to go before the quiz closes will not.
No extensions on quizzes will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for cases in which a formal application for disruption to studies is made (via http://www.ask.mq.edu.au/) and approved.
Due: University Examination Period
A 2-hour final examination will be held during the university examination period. All material covered in the unit is examinable. The final examination will include a mixture of the multiple choice and written-answer questions. Failure to attend the final exam will result in a mark of zero for the exam unless an application for disruption to studies is made and approved. In this case the student will be given a chance to sit a further final exam at a time and date decided by the Faculty of Business and Economics. Students should note that applications for disruption to studies are reviewed by a Faculty committee and suspected non-genuine cases will not be granted. You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, the final day of the official examination period.
Lecture & Tutorial: TUE 14-17. Some lectures may be delivered in online mode only.
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Class attendance is only one part of university study. In addition to class attendance, students will need to spend around six hours per week in private study in order to perform well in this unit.
* Krugman, P., M. Obstfeld, and M.J. Melitz (2012), International Economics: Theory and Policy, 9th ed., Global Edition, Pearson. (Hereafter referred to as KOM) The book is available for purchase at the Co-op Bookshop.
* Schmitt-Grohe S. and M. Uribe (2015), International Macroeconomics (Hereafter referred to as SGU). The text can be downloaded at http://www.columbia.edu/~mu2166/UIM/im.pdf
Unit Web Page
Course material as well as up to date information concerning any aspect of the unit, including any changes to the schedule, will be available to students by logging on to the learning management system (iLearn) that can be accessed via https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/
Assignment have to be submitted electronically through turnitin.
This unit is taught as a mix of lectures and tutorials. Some lectures may be delivered in online format only. The lectures are designed to provide the tools which can then be applied in tutorials. Tutorial questions will be discussed in the third hour in some weeks where the lectures are shorter than others. Together with understanding lectures, practicing tutorial questions helps you to prepare for the quizzes, class test, assignment and the final exam.
Topics (this list may be changed slightly)
Topic 1 Introduction; national income accounting and balance of payments; exchange rates and the foreign exchange market.
KOM Chs. 1, 13, 14
SGU Ch. 1
Topic 2 An asset approach to exchange rates; interest rates and exchange rates in monetary equilibrium.
KOM: Chs. 14, 15
Topic 3 Law of one price and PPP; a long-run exchange rate model.
KOM: Ch. 16
Topic 4 The Mundell-Fleming model under flexible exchange rates (AA-DD model), sticky prices.
KOM: Ch. 17
Topic 5 Fixed exchange rates and foreign exchange intervention; balance of payment crisis.
KOM: Ch. 18
J.E. Gagnon. 2013. Currency Wars Peterson Institute for International Economics. http://www.iie.com/publications/papers/gagnon201301.pdf
Topic 6 International monetary systems: a historical overview.
KOM: Ch. 19
R.N. Cooper. 1982. The Gold Standard: Historical Facts and Future Prospects. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Vol. 1982, No. 1, pp. 1-56.
J. Frankel. 1999. No Single Currency Regime is Right for All Countries or At All Times. Essays In International Finance, 205, Princeton http://www.princeton.edu/~ies/IES_Essays/E215.pdf
Topic 7 Current account determination in an endowment and a production economy; fiscal deficits.
KOM Ch.17 p 488-489
SGU Chs. 2-3
Topic 8 External adjustment in small and large economies. Fiscal deficits and current accounts.
SGU Chs. 4-5
Topic 9 Optimum Currency Areas and European experience.
KOM: Ch. 20
O. Blanchard. 2007. Adjustment within the Euro. The Difficult Case of Portugal. Portuguese Economic Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-21
J. Williamson. 2005. A Currency Basket for East Asia, Not Just China. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief 05-1 http://www.iie.com/publications/pb/pb05-1.pdf
A. Ubide 2013. Reengineering EMU for an Uncertain World. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief 13-4 http://www.iie.com/publications/pb/pb13-4.pdf
Topic 10 Global capital markets; global imbalances, financial crises and reforms.
KO: Ch 21, 22
SGU: Ch 7
Blanchard, O. and G.M. Milesi-Ferretti (2009). Global Imbalances: In Midstream? IMF Staff Position Paper SPN/09/29, December 22, Washington, D.C. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/spn /2009/spn0929.pdf
M. Obstfeld and K. Rogoff. 2009. Global Imbalance and the financial crisis: Products of common causes. http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~obstfeld/santabarbara.pdf
D. Rodrik. 1998 Who Needs Capital Account Liberalization? in Peter B. Kennen (ed.), Should the IMF Pursue Capital Account Convertibility? : Princeton University Press (1998). http://ksghome.harvard.edu/~drodrik/essay.P DF
P. Krugman. 1998. An Open Letter To Prime Minister Mahathir and his Slate piece on Capital Control Freaks http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/mahathir.ht ml
P.B. Henry. 2003. Capital-account liberalization, the cost of capital, and economic growth. American Economic Review. Nashville: May.Vol.93, No. 2, pp 91- 96 https://facultygsb. stanford.edu/henry/Homepage/PDF/Liber alization.pdf
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