Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics - ECON8820

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


The objective of this module is to introduce students to advanced topics in macroeconomics to enhance independent research. It builds on the macroeconomics that would be covered in Advanced Macroeconomic Theory such as dynamic stochastic general equilibrium theory. Specific topics will include:

• Open Economy Macroeconomics
• Financial Frictions
• Search and Matching
• Heterogeneous Agents
• Business Cycle Accounting
• Non-Linear Simulation Methods


Contact hours

Private Study: 129
Contact Hours: 21
Total: 150


It will be an option module on PhD Economics and PhD Agri-environmental Economics

Method of assessment

• Presentation (25 minutes) (50%)
• Weekly Problem Sets (50%)

Students must pass at least one data problem set and one numerical problem set to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Systematically understand the economic intuition behind influential macroeconomic literature
2 Replicate in full the results of existing macroeconomic research using numerical solution methods
3 Handle macroeconomic data with confidence
4 Critically analyse cutting edge macroeconomic research
5 Show critical awareness of the most important issues in current macroeconomic research.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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