30490 - FISCAL MACROECONOMICS
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
Synchronous Blended: Lessons in synchronous mode in the classroom (for a maximum of one hour per credit in remote mode)
To feel comfortable in this course, you should be familiar with basic macroeconomics.
With the return to fiscal policy activism in the aftermath of the 2008-09 global economic and financial crisis, the interest in the role that fiscal policy can play in affecting macroeconomic developments has been revived. At the same time, the surge in public debt-to-GDP ratios in most advanced economies, together with some public debt market crises especially within the Euro area, have raised concerns about public debt sustainability. This course allows students to understand the constraints set on fiscal policy by the need to ensure the sustainability of public debt, the role that fiscal policy can play within those constraints to support economic activity, and the institutions that can strengthen fiscal policy credibility, including fiscal rules, medium-term fiscal programs and spending reviews. Case studies are used to illustrate these issues.
Definitions of fiscal sustainability, fiscal solvency, the government intertemporal budget constraint, no-Ponzi game condition:
- Public debt ratio dynamics.
- Definition of public debt sustainability.
- Empirical approached to assessing fiscal sustainability.
- Ensuring fiscal sustainability.
- Empirical approaches to assessing debt sustainability.
- Entitlement debt.
- Public debt and money.
- Public finance data.
- Main macrofiscal trends in the last ten years.
- Lowering public debt.
Fiscal policy and growth:
- Fiscal policy and short-term growth.
- Fiscal policy and long term growth.
- Fiscal rules.
- The SGP.
- Medium-Term Fiscal Frameworks.
- Fiscal Transparency and Fiscal Councils.
- Spending reviews.
- Fiscal Issues for subnational governments and fiscal federations.
- Public financial management: the budgetary process, preparation, execution, reporting, key budget documents, fiscal risks.
- The budgetary process: key documents and timing.
- Recognize the key elements of fiscal policies.
- Identify the role that fiscal policies can play in affecting macroeconomic developments.
- Discuss concerns about public debt sustainability in the Euro zone.
- Evaluate the role that fiscal policy can play to support economic activity.
- Describe the impact of fiscal institutions such as: fiscal rules, medium-term fiscal programs and spending reviews.
- Analyze macrofiscal trends.
- Interpret technical reports of international institutions on fiscal developments and risk.
- Argue the validity of specific estimation and testing methods of fiscal imbalances and risks.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Group assignments
In addition to face-to-face lectures, the course includes students' participation in group exercises/assignments. These activities allow students to apply the tools introduced during the course and evaluate the effects of fiscal policy on fiscal and debt sustainability. Students are encouraged to share their own views and ask questions throughout the course.
Attending students will complete group assignments and/or exercises as part of Your Final Course Grade. Students must receive a pass (at least 18/30) on both midterm written exams or the final written exam to pass the course. A breakdown of the grading structure will be provided in the detailed course syllabus.
Students must receive a pass (at least 18/30) on both midterm written exams or the final written exam to pass the course. The final written exam for non-attending students comprises 100% of the course final grade.
Slides or lecture notes will be made available to the students on Bboard where available