Macroeconomics I

Time I: 
Wednesday, 08:30am to 12:00pm
Venue I: 
DIW, Mohrenstr. 58, Schumpeter Hall

The objective of this course is to enable M.A. and Ph.D. students to use macroeconomic concepts and techniques for their own research. This leads to a higher level of formalization in this lecture than in the introductory lecture (IAMA).

Contents (Prof. Burda): Methods of modern macroeconomics for researchers in the field. Stationary Markov environments, state-space methods, stochastic difference equations. Dynamic programming and Lagrangian methods, complete markets, dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, solution techniques. Empirical consequences of macroeconomic shocks; structural estimation, the Ramsey problem.

Contents (Prof. Weinke): This course develops dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models and uses them for positive and normative macroeconomic analysis. To this end a number of theoretical and empirical concepts are presented. Examples include the computation of impulse response functions, structural vector autoregressions, as well as an introduction to structural estimation. On the normative side the concept of Ramsey optimal policy is presented.

Reference list (Prof. Burda): Ljungqvist and Sargent, Recursive Macroeconomics, 2nd edition (Cambridge, USA: 2004); selected journal articles available on moodle.

Reference list (Prof. Weinke): We will use selected articles, e.g., Galí, Jordi and Pau Rabanal (2004), Technology Shocks and Aggregate Fluctuations: How Well Does the RBC Model Fit Postwar U.S. Data?, in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual, and Schmitt-Grohé, Stephanie and Martín Uribe (2012): „An OLS Approach to Computing Ramsey Equilibria in Medium-Scale Macroeconomic Models“, Economics Letters, 115, April 2012, 128-129.

Any further documents needed for the lecture will be available on moodle.

Written exam (90 min)

Fall 2017
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin