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Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics (6400.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    This unit focuses on the role of government in the macro economy. It begins with an examination of the different schools of thought about the role of government and macroeconomic policy in modern economics. It then analyses the economic role of government in Australia in the light of these theories, incorporating into the analysis the policy constraints imposed by this country's political institutions and culture. Particular attention is paid to the pressures on policy arising from the international economy and international institutions. The unit examines current policy issues such as unemployment, wages policy, income distribution, foreign debt and foreign ownership.

    Learning Outcomes

    Building on Intermediate Macroeconomic theory, students will be able to:

    1. Apply these theories to the analysis of contemporary Macroeconomic problems in Australia;

    2. Argue the cases for taking differing approaches to fiscal and monetary policy; and

    3. Evaluate how Macroeconomic policy should be adjusted to take into account both asset prices and various theories of the natural rate of unemployment.

    Contact Hours

    Normally thirty nine hours per semester.


    Intermediate Macroeconomics.

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