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Macroeconomics II

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Course ID: 2400-PP2MA2a Erasmus code / ISCED: 14.3 / (0311) Economics
Course title: Macroeconomics II Name in Polish: Macroeconomics II
Department: Faculty of Economic Sciences
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe dla II r. licencjackich Międzykierunkowych Studiów Ekonomiczno-Matematycznych
(in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe dla II r. studiów licencjackich - Ekonomia Międzynarodowa
(in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe dla II r.licencjackich: Ekonomia, specjalność: MSEMen
English-language course offering of the Faculty of Economics
Mandatory courses for II-year, 1st cycle students of Economics - collective courses
Specialization courses for II-year, 1st cycle students of Economics of Enterprise
Specialization courses for II-year, 1st cycle students of Finance and Accounting
Specialization courses for II-year, 1st cycle students of Information Technology and Econometrics
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 6.00
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Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Short description:

The course will introduce students to the models and techniques used in modern macroeconomic theory at the intermediate level. The objective of the course, besides specialized knowledge acquisition, is to develop the ability of critical thinking, using the quantitative tools in macroeconomic analysis, offering alternative solutions to complex problems, defend positions in discussions in an analytically rigorous but lucid way.

The course begins with the analysis of the short run inflation and output dynamics, using the DAD/DAS model. Then, the lectures will discuss the long-run growth determinants in the neoclassical growth theories. The presentation of the microfoundations of consumers' and investors' behavior and monetary and fiscal policy conduct follows. Finally, the role of fiscal and monetary policies are discussed.

Full description:

Lectures 1- 3. Introduction. The dynamic DAD/DAS model.

The aim of the lectures is to derive the DAD-DAS model and use it to analyse the impact of demand and supply shocks.

The tutorials are devoted to solving quantitative and qualitative problems and tasks, designed to depend the understanding of the DAD/DAS model

Lectures 4-7. Growth Dynamics: The Solow Model.

The aim of the lectures is to analyze the determinants of the rate of economic growth under the neoclassical assumption of diminishing marginal product of capital and exogenous technological progress. The aim of tutorials is to quantitatively decompose growth rates, analyze the properties of the steady state and to explain differences in the level of income using Solow growth

Lectures 8-10 Microfoundations. Consumption and Saving; The Interest Rate and Consumption – The Intertemporal Choice of Consumer; The Life-Cycle and Permanent-Income Hypothesis.

Investment The User Cost of Capital; The Desired Capital Stock; Taxes and the Desired Capital Stock; From the Desired Capital Stock to Investment

The aim of the lectures is to analyze consumptions and investment determinants. The aim of tutorials is to analyze the determinants of consumption and investment using empirical and analytical examples.

Lectures 11-13 Fiscal and monetary policies. Government Spending and Its Financing; The Government Budget Constraint; The Evolution of the Debt-to-GDP Ratio; Cyclically Adjusted Deficit; Ricardian Equivalence.

The Conduct of Monetary Policy, Money Supply Determination, Money Demand and Equilibrium in the Money Market.

The aim of the lectures is to identify the determinants of government debt dynamics and the constraints that excessive debt imposes on fiscal policymaking and to discuss the modern conduct of monetary policy. The aim of tutorials is to calculate the value of primary surplus required to maintain a stable debt to GDP ratio for various values of real interest rate and GDP growth rates and to present advantages and weak points of various monetary policy strategies.



Mankiw G., Macroeconomics, Worth Publishers, 2003 or newer


Abel, A. B. and Bernanke B. S. (2005), Macroeconomics, Pearson Education.

Learning outcomes:

Upon the lecture completion, a student:


- is able to identify the determinants of output, unemployment, interest rate, and prices in the short, medium and long run.

- is able to analyze the impact of demand and supply shocks on the economy.


- is able to select an appropriate model to analyze macroeconomic phenomena in different time horizons, different phases of the business cycle and different degrees of nominal rigidities.

- is able to design an optimal monetary and fiscal policy mix aimed at achieving low inflation and output stabilization and predict the consequences of monetary and fiscal policy.

- is able to interpret the empirical relations between macroeconomic variables using theoretical models and on this basis to explain the strength and the responsiveness to external influences of the detected macroeconomic relations.

- is able to describe macroeconomic processes in a formalized way at the intermediate level.

- is able to recognize basic limitations of using theoretical models to explain real-world economic problems.


-is able to meet time-constrained targets through effective planning and organization.

KW01, KW002, KW03, KW04, KW05, KU01, KU02, KU03, KU04, KK01, KK02, KK03

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

1. Points from the tutorial

2. Points from the written final exam

3. Points from the introductory on-line tests.

The final grade from Macroeconomics II is given based on the:

• Final exam: 54 points

• Tutorial: 40 points

• On-line tests: 6 points

Approximate grading:

0 – 49 points: fail; 50 - 59 points: satisfactory; 60 - 69 points: satisfactory+; 70 - 79 points: good; 80 - 89 points: good+; 90 - 97 points: very good; 98 - 100 points: very good!


The final exam be held at the Faculty of Economic Sciences.

The final exam will consist of open-ended questions and single-choice questions. The maximum amount of points is 54.

The prerequisite to take the exam is to pass the tutorial.

On-line test

There will be 6 (before-the-lecture) entry assignments, held on-line, on Moodle Platform. Each assignment will consist of 5, single-choice questions. These assignments will cover the material discussed during the previously held lectures.

Each assignment will be accessible for 24 hours (opening on Monday, closing on Tuesday), but once the assignment is open, it has to be completed within 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the assignment will close and it will not be possible to re-open it.

Points from each assignment:

• 0-2 correct answers – 0 points

• 3 correct answers – 0,5 points

• 4-5 correct answers – 1 points

The maximum amount of points from all assignments is 6. These entry assignments cannot be re-taken.


The maximum tutorial mark is 40 points and is based on 3 components:

• 1st test, worth 10 points. The test will be held on-line

• 2nd test, worth 18 points. The second test will be, on-line or off-line, at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, depending on the Dean’s regulations.

• Presentation on a chosen subject, worth 12 points. Presentation should include a brief summary of the relevant theory and graphical/statistical data analysis. Presentations should be prepared in groups of 2-3 students (3-person groups can be accepted by the teacher if a heavy workload with data analysis is necessary to achieve the goals of your presentation). The Students choose the subject by themselves. Presentations last up to 10 minutes and will be held on-line. Please note that you can make the presentation only during class time and cannot resubmit the presentation to achieve a higher score.

Passing the tutorial requires collecting at least 21 points.

Classes in period "Winter semester 2020/21" (past)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Class, 30 hours more information
Lecture, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Joanna Siwińska-Gorzelak
Group instructors: Michał Brzozowski, Joanna Siwińska-Gorzelak
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