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wir802 - Economic Policy
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Module label Economic Policy
Module code wir802
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Business Administration and Business Education)
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) >
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Skills to be acquired in this module
This course aims at giving students an understanding of reasons, goals and instruments for government policy from a micro- and macroeconomic perspective. Students first need to learn how decentralised markets can result in an efficient equilibrium and what the theoretical assumptions for this outcome are. Against this reference case it is possible to evaluate the consequences when some of the assumptions are not fulfilled in reality. Furthermore, the problems of the aggregated economy with its fundamental uncertainty are approached and the answers of economic policy to changes in variables like inflation, unemployment and economic growth will be evaluated.
With successful completion of the course, students shall be able to approach questions of economic policy making by applying concise economic reasoning, graphical intuition, analytical models and historical understanding. Furthermore, students shall be enabled to follow other Economics courses at Master's level.
Module contents
1. Welfare economics: equilibrium and efficiency; theorems of welfare economics; discussion of model assumptions. 2. Macroeconomics: on money; on the balance of payments, on long-run economic growth. 3. Examples for market failure from a microeconomic perspective, e.g. public goods. Deviations from the efficient outcome and discussion of government intervention. 4. Macroeconomic models: IS/LM, AD/AS, IS/PC/MR, neoclassical synthesis, exchange rate overshooting, neoclassical growth model.
Reader's advisory
Hindriks, Jean and Gareth Myles, ‘Intermediate Public Economics’, MIT Press, 2006.
Varian, Hal, 'Intermediate Microeconomics', Norton & Company. (Deutsche Übersetzung: 'Grundzüge der Mikroökonomik'.)
Montiel, Peter, 'International Macroeconomics', Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
Carlin, Wendy and David Soskice, 'Macroeconomics: imperfections, institutions and policies', 2006
Dornbusch, Rüdiger and Stanley Fischer, 'Macroeconomics', McGraw-Hill. (Deutsche Übersetzung: 'Makroökonomik').
Barro, Robert J. and Xavier Sala-i-Martin, 'Economic Growth', The MIT Press, 2004.
Felderer, Bernhard and Stefan Homburg, 'Macroeconomics and New Macroeconomics', Springer-Verlag, 1987. (Deutsche Übersetzung: 'Makroökonomik und neue Makroökonomik').
Sydsaeter, Knud and Peter Hammond, 'Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis', Pear-son. (Deutsche Übersetzung: 'Mathematik für Wirtschaftswissenschaftler')
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
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Die Vorlesung wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.
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Final exam of module
end of semester
written exam
Course type Lecture
SWS 4.00
Workload attendance 56 h