- Class Number 7568
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Prof Warwick McKibbin
- Prof Warwick McKibbin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course is designed to introduce the theoretical and practical basis of large scale economic modeling of the global economy for Masters level and PhD students with a strong understanding of Economics. Students will be instructed on the fundamentals of constructing a global simulation models based on the G-Cubed general equilibrium model. They will then analyze a number of macroeconomic policy problems using the G-Cubed model as the basis for formulating the policy question. They will learn how to use the model to generate a set of results, to interpret those results will write a report that uses those insights to contribute to an existing literature on a major macroeconomic policy problem.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the conceptual basis of large scale general equilibrium models
- have a detailed understanding of the G-Cubed global economic model.
- evaluate macroeconomic policy questions in the model framework and
- use and interpret results from this model for policy analysis.
Access to a windows computer with Microsoft Excel
Model software supplied by the Lecturer
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- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture 1: A Brief History of Macroeconomic and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Multi-Country Models|
|2||Lecture 2: The CGE Modeling Strategy|
|3||Lecture 3: a) Deriving the G-Cubed Model: Households, Firms, Government, Countries, b) Solving the G-Cubed Model: Data, Calibration, Solution, Baseline|
|4||Lecture 4: Monetary Policy|
|5||Lecture 5: Fiscal Policy|
|6||Lecture 6: Productivity and Growth|
|7||Lecture 7: Country Risk||Assessment 1 due|
|8||Lecture 8: Trade Policy|
|9||Lecture 9: Macroeconomics Effects of Pandemics|
|10||Lecture 10: Macroeconomic Effects of Demographic Change|
|11||Lecture 11: Macroeconomics of Climate Policy|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid Term Paper||25 %||20/09/2021||30/09/2021||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Research Essay||75 %||13/11/2021||02/12/2021||1, 2, 3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid Term Paper
2,500 word essay (25%). Students will use a small G-Cubed model that is the basis of all of the tutorials, to simulate a policy question and write a research paper containing the economic interpretation of the model results. The format of the paper is a CAMA working paper.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Write a research essay of up to 3,500 words (75%). The research essay will be on a current economic issue (to be decided during the course based on emerging events). Unlike the midterm papers, students do not need to run any models. They will be given a spreadsheet of simulation results from the live G-Cubed model. These results will be designed to address the economic question posed. Students will be required to use these results to write a research report on the policy question posed drawing on the relevant economics literature. Applying and interpreting the model results in the context of the literature and current debates are a core of the analysis. The form of the paper is a journal article for the American Economic Review.
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Global Economic Modeling; climate change policy, pandemics, macroeconomic policy
Prof Warwick McKibbin