Macroeconomics I

Time I: 
Wednesday,
08:30am to 12:00pm
Venue I: 
Schumpeter Hall, DIW Berlin, Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin
Description: 

The objective of this course is to teach M.A. and Ph.D. students to use macroeconomic concepts and techniques for their own research and incorporates a higher degree of formal analysis than in the introductory master’s lecture (IAMA).

Part I (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. The Ramsey problem. Empirical interpretation of macroeconomic shocks; structural versus reduced form.

Part II (Prof. Weinke): Dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models for positive and normative macroeconomic analysis. To this end a number of theoretical and empirical concepts are presented: 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.

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

Reference list (Prof. Weinke): 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.

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

Exam: written exam

Change of location on 10/12/16 and 11/30/16: Dulles Room!

Credits: 
9.00
Program: 
Semester: 
Fall 2016
End date of the whole course: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:00pm