Course 2018-2019 a.y.


Department of Economics

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 25
BEMACS (8 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/01)
Course Director:

Classes: 25 (I sem.)

Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

Mission & Content Summary


The course provides students with the knowledge needed to understand the functioning of the economy as a whole and investigates the determination of important aggregate variables - such as gross domestic product, price level, unemployment rate, interest rate, and exchange rate - that play a major role in shaping the environment in which households, firms, and other economic agents operate. The course also analyzes some of the most popular (fiscal and monetary) policies used to stabilize the economy.


  • National Accounting.
  • The goods market and financial markets.
  • Basic theory of Money.
  • Macroeconomic equilibrium and macroeconomic policies in a closed economy.
  • Unemployment.
  • Inflation.
  • The role of expectations.
  • The open economy, the balance of payments, and the exchange rate.
  • Government debt.
  • The great recession.
  • The determinants of economic growth.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand how the main macroeconomic variables are defined and measured.
  • Illustrate the determinants of the levels of income, inflation, and unemployment prevailing in an economy.
  • Explain the macroecomic effects of monetary and fiscal policies, as well as those of other shocks hitting the economy.
  • Recognize the difference in the effects of such policies and shocks, depending on the exchange rate regime adopted.
  • Describe the interactions between financial markets developments and changes in the macronomic equilibrium of a country.
  • Identify the causes of the sustainability or unsustainability of the deficits (in the government budget, in the trade balance, etc.) incurred by a country and their likely consequences.


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Apply the knowledge acquired during the course to evaluate the macroeconomic environment faced by the firm or organization they will join after they graduate.

In particular, the student will be able to:

  • Predict the impact of central banks' decisions on the likely evolution of interest rates, income, demand, etc..
  • Predict the impact of fiscal policy announcements and interventions on the same variables.
  • Evaluate and compare the economic forecasts and views on the state of the economy made available in the internet and other media.
  • Use such analysis in many of the decisions (pricing, portfolio, business investment, hiring, etc.) they will be soon called to make throughout their working career.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments


  • In addition to the traditional face-to-face lectures, six tutorials (some taught by the instructor and some by the Teaching Assistant assigned to each class) are scheduled during the semester. During each tutorial, the concepts introduced during the lectures are used to answer questions and solve problems that are similar to those on the typical written examination.
  • In addition, the instructor makes available (on the course website on Bboard) a list of links to very recent articles or blog posts on topics that are discussed in class - with comments aimed at clarifying how each of them is related to the models and concepts introduced during lectures.
  • Some of these readings are used by the instructor as the starting point for 'case-study' discussions aimed at showing students how the concepts studied in the course can be used to interpret real-world economic events. Some of the readings, notified in advance to students, may also be the topic of the questions asked in the quizzes during the course.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
x x x


Two written partial examinations (typically, each with weight 50%) or a single written general examination. The students' final grade is computed by adding to the score from the written examinations (at most 30/30) the sum of the three highest scores received in the four quizzes offered during the semester.  The highest score for each quiz is 0,5/30, thus, by participating in the quizzez students can earn at most 1,5/30 additional points.

Teaching materials


  • O. BLANCHARD, A. AMIGHINI, F. GIAVAZZI, Macroeconomics - A European Perspective, Pearson Education Limited, 2017, Third Edition.
  • G. FERRAGUTO, Macroeconomics - Problems and Questions, Egea, January 2018, 5th edition.
  • Lecture notes and other readings are made available during the semester on the course website on Bboard.
Last change 21/06/2018 14:58