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Economics 202a Logistics, Spring 1998

[Moved to 308 Leconte], TTh 12:30-2:00

J. Bradford DeLong
Office hours: W 10-12, Evans 601
643-4027 (w); 283-2709 (h)

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Sections: Petra M. Geraats, geraats@econ.berkeley.edu

As always seems to happen, the Econ 202a Syllabus page has become the most up-to-date and current page on this course.

Purpose of the Course

Economics 202A is required of Ph.D. students in economics. Graduate students in other degree programs with a strong undergraduate background in economic theory may enroll, subject to the availability of space and with the permission of the instructors.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to modern macroeconomics. Its purpose is to teach first-year graduate students in economics their way around the professional, highly technical literature, to provide a sketch of approaches and positions on issues of macroeconomic policy and theory, and to provide as thorough a grounding as can be provided in a single semester to the models and tools macroeconomists use.

Thus class meetings will normally consist of a lecture to explain and assess one or more journal articles or sections of David Romer's Advanced Macroeconomics textbook, with some discussion of the place of the artilce or section in modern macroeconomics.

Readings should be completed before class: lecture will make more sense, and the process of trying to learn how to constructively read modern economics journal articles is an important professional skill.

Problem sets must be attempted--in groups if you wish, alone if you wish. One of the major points of the course is to give the students familiarity with the analytical tools that modern macroeconomists use. The only way to become proficient in their use is to use them: hence the problem sets.

Problem sets will be graded on a binary {check, zero} scale, depending on whether a serious attempt was made to solve the assigned problems.

Course Readings

Course readings consist of (a) David Romer's Advanced Macroeconomics textbook, on sale at the ASUC store, and (b) a large reader full of xeroxed articles that is available at Copy Central (southside, on Bancroft).

Course Requirements

Students are expected to do the assigned reading before class and to contribute to the class discussion.

Student grades will be based on:

Course People

The World Wide Web

Files for this course will be up on the world wide web at http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_202a/Econ_202a.html.

I at least am finding the www useful--not so much for web-based distribution of materials, but certainly for web-based archiving. If you find it useful, let me know. If you don't find it useful, let me know.

This semester I want to try three additional web-based experiments.

The first is an Econ 202a "people page". So could everyone in the class please send me an e-mail message with (a) their name, (b) their e-mail address, (c) any other contact information that they want publicized, and (d) a link to a .gif or .jpeg picture (or a .gif attachment) of themselves. I will then put all e-mail addresses and pictures up on the web, at

The second will be an Econ 202a lecture errata service: anytime I think that I have said something wrong in lecture, I want to send out an e-mail message to the entire class. Hence it is important that everyone send me their e-mail address.

Third, I would like to see whether it makes sense to establish what I call "virtual office hours": that is, you send me (or Petra Geerats) questions, we send you back answers; broadcast the questions and answers to the rest of the class, and then post them in a neatly-archieved form.

Professor of Economics J. Bradford DeLong, 601 Evans, #3880
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
(510) 643-4027 phone; (510) 642-6615 fax

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