Economics 442: Macroeconomic Policy
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at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison for Fall 2020 Semester
Syllabus | Academic Integrity |
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Downloadable Course Materials and Information Sources |
Department of Economics
Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs |
LECTURE: Via BBCollaborate (target MW 4-5:15)
Professor Menzie Chinn
Office Hours: TuTh 2-3
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 8/e (Prentice-Hall, 2021). Other required readings are listed below. In addition, some readings from Econbrowser will be assigned.
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- Midterm 1: 10/19
- Midterm 2: 11/18
- Term paper due:
Downloadable Course Materials
Required On-line Readings
- Start: "Starting over again: the Covid-19 pandemic..." Economist, July 25, 2020. [link]
- CBO: CBO, An Update to the Economic Outlook, July 2020 [link]
- ISLM: Notes on IS-LM [link]
- PCO: Notes on Portfolio Crowding Out. [link]
- KC: Kitchen and Chinn, Financing U.S. Debt: Is There Enough Money in the World -- and at What Cost?" International Finance [link]
- ADAS: Notes on Aggregate Demand/Aggregate Supply [link]
- BF: Blanchard, The Covid Economic Crisis [this replaces original FB] [link]
Section 1 of Baqaee, Farhi, "Supply and Demand in Disaggregated Keynesian Economies with an Application to the Covid-19 Crisis," mimeo (June 2020). [link]
- NBER: [link] and [link]
- EWS: Recession Early Warning Systems [link]
- Chinn: Chinn, "Fiscal Multipliers" Palgrave Encyclopedia of Economics [link]
- Ku: Kuttner, "Outside the Box: Unconventional Monetary Policy in the Great Recession and Beyond," [ink]
- Open: Notes on Open Economy Macroeconomics [link]
- BCS: Blanchard, Cerutti, and Summers, "Inflation and Activity" [link]
- CGK: Coibion, Gorodnichenko, and Kamdar. "The formation of expectations, inflation, and the phillips curve" JEL [link]
- BBD: Baker, Bloom and Davis, "Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty," QJE [link]
- For IS-LM section: CBO, An Update to the Budget Outlook: 2020 to 2030 (September 2020). [link]
- For recession: CEPR-EABCN Euro Area Business Cycle Dating Committee, "Euro area entered recession in 2020Q1 after the peak of its slowest-ever recovery," Sept. 29, 2020. [link]
- For recession prediction: Chinn, Kucko, "The Predictive Power of the Yield Curve across Countries and Time," International Finance (March 2015). [link]
- For recession prediction: Miller, "There is No Single Best Predictor of Recessions," FEDS Notes. (2019). [link]
- For recession prediction: Bauer, Mertens, "Information in the Yield Curve about Future Recessions," SF Fed Economic Letters 2018-20 [link]
- For recession prediction: Favara, Gilchrist, Lewis, and Zakrajsek, "Recession Risk and the Excess Bond Premium," FEDS Notes. (2016). [link].
- For recession prediction: An, Jalles, Loungani, "How well do economists forecast recessions?" International Finance (2018) [link]
- For Covid-19 recession: CEA, "Evaluating the Effects of the Economic Response to COVID-19," August 12, 2020 [link]
- For Covid-19 recession/fiscal policy: CBO, The Effects of Pandemic-Related Legislation on Output, Sep 18, 2020. [link]
- For Covid-19 recession: IMF, World Economic Outlook, October 2020. [link]
- For Covid-19 recession/fiscal policy: Scott, et al. "Treasury and Federal Reserve Financial Assistance in Title IV of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136)," CRS Report (August 5, 2020) [link]
- For monetary policy section: Federal Reserve, Guide to changes in the Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy (August 27) [link]
- For monetary policy section: Federal Reserve, The Federal Reserve's Review of Its Monetary Policy Framework: A Roadmap (August 27)[link]
- For monetary policy section: Aronson, "A more inclusive employment mandate," Brookings Institution (August 28, 2020). [link]
- For monetary policy section: Federal Reserve, System Analytical Work (on the Monetary Policy Framework) (August 27) [link]
- For monetary policy section: Hanson, et al., "Business Credit Programs in the Pandemic Era," BPEA (September 2020). [link]
- For monetary policy section: Driessen, Labonte, "COVID-19: The Federal Reserve's Municipal Liquidity Facility," CRS In Focus (August 14, 2020). [link]
- For monetary policy section: English, Liang, "Designing the Main Street Lending Program: Challenges and Options," Journal of Financial Crises (2020). [link]
- For monetary policy section: Frankel, "Lecture 8: Dynamic Inconstency of Monetary Policy, and How to Address It"[link]
- For monetary policy section: Chinn, Notes on Modern Monetary Theory for Paleo-Keynesians[link]
- For monetary policy section: Brad Delong, "What is Modern Monetary Theory," Jan. 21, 2019[link]
- For open economy section: Trade talks podcast with Matt Klein, Jay Shambaugh: "Inequality, Imbalances and Trade" [link]
- For Phillips Curve section: Bob Arnold, "How CBO Produces Its 10-Year Economic Forecast," Working Paper 2018-02 (February 2018).
- For tracking recessions section: Furman, "Extracting the Signal from the Noise: 7 Tips for Interpreting Macroeconomic Data," Milken Institute Review (2016). [link]
- For policy uncertainty section: Ferrera, Lhuissier, Tripier, "Uncertainty Fluctuations: Measures, Effects and Macroeconomic Policy Challenges," CEPII Policy Brief 20 (December 2017). [link]
Economist Special Report on the World Economy/Covid-19
Tracking the Covid-19 Pandemic 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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