• Class Number 9016
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Chung Tran Quang
    • Chung Tran Quang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces contemporary theory for examining central questions in macroeconomics: growth, unemployment, inflation, and business cycles.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be familiar with the main macroeconomic models used to study economic growth and the business cycle
  2. Be able to formulate in general equilibrium simple intertemporal models of household and firm behaviour
  3. Understand the key shocks and propagation mechanisms present in business cycle models
  4. Be able to solve and employ simple stochastic business cycle models to address questions about the macro-economy

Research-Led Teaching

This course will expose students to the frontier research and cutting-edge modelling tools in contemporary macroeconomics. Students will examine variety of models and policy applications in academic research and policy making.

  • Recursive Macroeconomic Theory, 4th Edition, 2018 (MIT Press): : Main textbook

by Lars Ljungqvist and Thomas J. Sargent (“LS”)

ISBN-13: 978-0262038669

  • Economic Dynamics in Discrete Time, 2014 (MIT Press)

by Jianjun Miao (“Mi”)

ISBN: 978-0262027618

  • Custom Notes and Slides):
  • Linked from WATTLE

All books are are available from the ANU Library’s 2-Hour Reserve listing.

Scientific Computation:

The modern economics student is expected to possess not just analytical skills but increasingly computational skills, both in academia and in the wider marketplace for economists. You are not expected to have any prior training in such skills, but you are expected to have a flexible and open mind towards learning it as we go.

Staff Feedback

In-class Activities

  • To maximize your experience and feedback on your progress, please attempt all the tutorial problem sets before attending tutorials.
  • Most of the learning is reinforced through solving problems on your own and being able to discuss it with the class afterwards.
  • An incentive that encourages you to excel in this dimension is provided in the TP and RA assessment items.

Lecturer and Teaching Assistants' Office Hours

  • For maximal value, you should have read the relevant materials (textbook, lecture slides) and attempted problems, before turning up to office hours with questions.
  • If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to come and see us; and do not wait until the end of semester to do so.
  • We are here to assist your learning and also to ensure that your university experience continues to be a fun and rewarding one!
  • Note: This course does not encourage last minute rote learning. There will be no additional (i.e., pre-examination) office hours provided beyond Week 12 of the instruction period. You are encourage to seek help early on during the semester.

Tests of Progression and Assignments

  • Answers to these activities and general discussions relating to how you understood the material tested will be provided in class.
  • Your work will be returned to you with comments.


  • Feel free to post short questions related to the course material on WATTLE Forum. The usual internet etiquette applies. The teaching team may answer your questions occasionally. However, please reserve long queries to physical office hours, as we can best help you there.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and Review
2 Overlapping Generations Model
3 Neoclassical Growth Model Submission 1 (Test of Progress) : + Questions are available by the end of Week 3 + Topics from Weeks 1 and 3 + Due on Friday at 5 pm of Week 5 + Check Wattle for more information.
4 Fiscal Policy in Growth Models
5 Complete Markets Models
6 Complete Markets Models Mid semester exam: + Week 6 + Topics from Weeks 1-6 + Check Wattle for more information.
7 Models with Money and Monetary Policy
8 Business Cycles and Stabilisation Policies
9 RANK Model and Monetary Policy
10 Quantitative OLG Models and Fiscal Policy Submission 2 (Test of Progress) : + Questions are available by the end of Week 9 + Topics from Weeks 5-10 + Due on Friday at 5 pm of Week 11 + Check Wattle for more information.
11 Heterogeneous Agent Model
12 HANK Model and Macroeconomic Policy Final exam: + Topics from Weeks 1-12 + Check Wattle for more information.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Test of Progress 10 % 10/08/2019 18/08/2019 1,2,3,4
Mid-Semester exam 30 % 15/09/2019 30/09/2019 1,2,3,4
Test of Progress 10 % 15/10/2019 25/10/2019 1,2,3,4
Final Examination 50 % 16/11/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This is an on-campus course. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).

In addition, tutorials are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial class one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.


See assessment tasks 2 and 4 above.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 10/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Test of Progress

Students will be given the first homework assignment in week 4. This assignment consists of 3-4 questions. Students are required to submit their report, workout and programming code (online). More information will be provided in lectures and wattle.   

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 15/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-Semester exam

The mid semester exam will cover topics from Weeks 1 to 6. There will be 3-4 questions. This exam is a compulsory component. The exam will be undertaken during lectures in week 6 and will be no more than 3hours in duration. More information will be provided in lectures and wattle. 

Value: 30%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 15/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Test of Progress

Students will be given the second homework assignment in week 10. This assignment consists of 4 questions.  Students are required to submit their report, workout and code (online). More information will be provided in lectures and wattle.  

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 16/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Examination

The final exam will be held during the University exam block. It will be be for no more than 3hours. The exam is closed book, only permitting calculators. The exam will cover all material from the course. More information will be provided in lectures and wattle. 

Value: 50%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. You do not need to submit via Turnitin.

Regular Assignments (RA) must to be submitted via WATTLE as Jupyter Notebooks with replicable content (unless stated otherwise on RA problem sheet).

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assignments will not be graded. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be automatically awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Chung Tran Quang

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Public Finance and Development Economics

Chung Tran Quang

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Chung.Tran @anu.edu.au

Research Interests

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