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The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to monetary macroeconomics and the role of money and monetary policy in the economy. After describing what monetary macroeconomics is about, students will learn how the money supply is determined in the economy and how it changes. The course emphasises price stickiness as the key factor underlying the short-run effectiveness of monetary policy. Different models are used to show how an economy can fall into a liquidity trap and what the potential measures are through which policy makers can try to lift an economy from the liquidity trap. The core of the course is optimal monetary policy. Different models also show how the time inconsistency of the optimal pre-commitment policy emerges when policy makers are dynamically optimising their policy choices and how the inflation and stabilisation bias bedevil optimal discretionary monetary policy. The aim of the course is to learn to use simple analytical tools to understand basic features of money and monetary policy from the point of view of the shortrun macroeconomic equilibrium of an economy.

  • Completion method: contact teaching
  • Schedule: can be found in Course Page and Sisu
  • Study materials: can be found in Moodle
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    • Code: no equivalent code

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD

    • Credit points: 5

    • Credit transfer: apply for inclusion in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Code: 2697

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD

    • Credit points: 5 cr

    • Credit transfer: apply for substitution in Sisu

    Further instructions (link to be added here later)

    • Code: ECOM-434

    • Target groups: MSc / rMSc / PhD students: please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree

    • Credit points: 5

    • Please contact your supervisor/program director to be sure that the course credit can be counted towards your degree

    • Credit transfer: please apply for credit transfer according to your home university’s procedures

    Further instructions (link to be added here later).

After the course, the student should:

  • Understand the role of the central bank in a fiat money system 
  • Be able to show how the supply of money is determined 
  • Be able to analyse the macroeconomic equilibrium of an economy using a simple IS-LM model 
  • Understand liquidity traps and potential ways to take the economy out of them 
  • Be able to analyse optimal monetary policy using Kydland-Prescott, Barro-Gordon or New Keynesian monetary macromodels 
  • Understand the basic concepts of optimal monetary policy: discretion (re-optimisation, pre-commitment, time consistency, inflation bias, stabilisation bias