• Offered by International and Development Economics Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Creina Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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IDEC8002 introduces students to the main classes of models in modern macroeconomics. The course is aimed at providing students with asound knowledge of modern macroeconomic theory, an ability to formulate and solve problems analytically, and a general appreciation of how policymakers can use the analysis in practice.The first half of the course will be devoted to growth models while the second half will deal with cyclical fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognise key concepts, theories and core models of macroeconomics

2. Apply these tools to the analysis of a variety of illustrations and examples, including empirical trends and implications for policymakers

3. Explain macroeconomic concepts, graphically, mathematically and in writing, to a professional standard

4. Evaluate real world events and data using macroeconomic analysis

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus.

Indicative Assessment

There will be one final exam (60%), and one mid-semester exam (40%).

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Two hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials.  Depending on prior background the student should expect to spend around 6-10 hours per week on the course material. 

Prescribed Texts

The textbooks for this course (available in the Chifley Library Reserve) are:

Jones, Charles I. and Vollrath, Dietrich (2013) Introduction to Economic Growth, 2nd edition, W. W. Norton, ISBN 978-0-393-91917-2 (CJ hereafter)

Romer, David (2012) Advanced Macroeconomics, 4th edition*, McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-0-07-351137-5 (DR hereafter)
*DR (2006) 3 rd edition is also available in the Chifley Library Reserve

Preliminary Reading

The following textbook may be helpful for reviewing mathematical techniques used in this course:

Hoy, Michael et al (2001) Mathematics for Economics, 2nd edition, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-58207-4

The following textbooks offer a more advanced or detailed treatment of macroeconomic models:

Barro, Robert J. and Sala-i-Martin, Xavier, (1995) Economic Growth, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-02459-4

Blanchard, Olivier J. and Fischer, Stanley (1994) Lectures on Macroeconomics, MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-02283-4

Assumed Knowledge

Some basic background in undergraduate microeconomics and macroeconomics will be assumed.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7989 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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