• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Econometrics, Economics, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Quantitative assessment plays an important role in macroeconomics and macroeconomic policymaking. This course will provide students with skills in two major analytical tools for quantitative evaluation in macroeconomics, particularly monetary policy: vector autoregressive (VAR) and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models. These tools are heavily used in the academic literature and in policy analysis in central banks and international organisations. Students will use these methods to be able to identify the sources of macroeconomic fluctuations, gauge how structural shocks affect macroeconomic variables dynamically (impulse responses), forecast, and explore optimal policies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate capacity in utilising key tools for macroeconomic policy analysis such as the VAR and DSGE methods.
  2. Understand policy and discussion papers published by central banks and international organisations.
  3. Undertake applied research on monetary policy and central banking using VAR methods.
  4. Utilise the DSGE approach to analyse optimal monetary and fiscal policies.
  5. Explain advanced macroeconomic concepts in written form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Proposal for research paper (maximum 1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Research paper using the VAR approach (maximum 3,500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

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Assumed Knowledge

This course is technical. Strong knowledge of statistics, probability, econometrics, mathematics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics are assumed.


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