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ECON3011 – Macroeconomic Policy

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Natalia Ponomareva
Lecturer
David Orsmond
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
20cp at 2000 level including ECON204 or ECON2004
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit develops macroeconomic models with a focus on key contemporary issues such as persistent low inflation, interest rates, secular stagnation, alternative monetary policy frameworks, fiscal policy constraints, understanding financial crises, financial regulation and cryptocurrencies. Students will develop an understanding of the reasons for these problems, and how key policy institutions such as the RBA, APRA and Treasury are addressing them.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse and explain macroeconomic policy in a general framework.
  • ULO2: Appraise how monetary and fiscal policies are determined in the context of the current economic environment.
  • ULO3: Critically evaluate the effectiveness of current macroeconomic policy in achieving stated goals.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Zoom participation 5% No During the whole session
Essay assignment 20% No Week 10
Mid-session class test 25% No Week 7
Final examination 50% No University examination period

Zoom participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: During the whole session
Weighting: 5%

 

Students are expected to participate in live Zoom sessions and the online forum

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and explain macroeconomic policy in a general framework.
  • Appraise how monetary and fiscal policies are determined in the context of the current economic environment.

Essay assignment

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 20%

 

Provide an answer to questions of an analytical nature and/or write a short essay/report which might require the use of Australian data.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Appraise how monetary and fiscal policies are determined in the context of the current economic environment.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of current macroeconomic policy in achieving stated goals.

Mid-session class test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

The 80 minute online class test will be based on the lecture material and exercises covered in weeks 1 to 6.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and explain macroeconomic policy in a general framework.
  • Appraise how monetary and fiscal policies are determined in the context of the current economic environment.

Final examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: University examination period
Weighting: 50%

 

A two-hour open book examination will be held during the University Examination Period, and will be on based on material covered in lectures from weeks 1 to 13 (inclusive), with an emphasis on material presented after the class test.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Appraise how monetary and fiscal policies are determined in the context of the current economic environment.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of current macroeconomic policy in achieving stated goals.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

There will be a pre-recorded lecture posted on iLearn each Friday.   There will be a 1.5 hour live zoom session each Wednesday. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021/

Prizes

VICTOR ARGY PRIZE FOR ECON311

This prize commemorates Victor Argy who was Professor of Economics at Macquarie University from 1973 until his death in 1993.  The prize, to the value of $350, is awarded for proficiency in ECON311 and is open to all candidates proceeding to the degree of Bachelor.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

The prescribed text for the unit is:

Charles Jones, Macroeconomics International Student Edition,  5th edition

Up-to-date commentaries and data on the Australian economy can be found in the following:

Reserve Bank of Australia, Bulletin, published monthly: http://www.rba.gov.au Department of the Treasury, Economic Roundup, AGPS, Canberra, published quarterly (available online at http://www.treasury.gov.au/)

Data relating to Australia and other countries are also available on the Internet. Useful sites include the following:

  • ABS Time Series Service: http://www.abs.gov.au
  • Budget Papers for Australia: http://www.treasury.gov.au/
  • Reserve Bank of Australia: http://www.rba.gov.au
  • National Bureau of Economic Research: http://www.nber.org/

Unit Web Page

Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn).

The following information will be available on iLearn:

Unit Outline Announcements
Lecture slides and exercises Lecture exercises solutions
Information on Assessments Contact details
Consultation hours Other relevant material

You are strongly encouraged to regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with your learning.

Unit Schedule

 

Week

Lecture

1

Trends and Cycles in Macroeconomic Data. Economic Shocks and Short-Run Fluctuations in Economic Activity.

2

Contemporary Monetary Policy. The Operating Procedures of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Inflation Targeting.

Stabilization Policy and the AS/AD Framework. Stabilization Policy and Taylor Rules.

4

The Global Financial Crisis.

5

Financial Crises (taught by David Orsmond).

6

Financial Regulation (taught by David Orsmond).

7

Class Test

 

Mid-session Break

8

 Consumption.

9

 Fiscal Policy and Government Debt.

10

Exchange Rate Regimes and Macroeconomic Policy.

Assignment is due

11 

Economic Growth and its Determinants.

12

Cryptocurrencies.

13

Macroeconomic Policy: The Current Consensus and Unresolved Issues.

 

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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