Teaching Macroeconomics: Brad DeLong's Online Resources

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Timely Materials Useful for Teachers of Macro

My textbook: J. Bradford DeLong (2002), Macroeconomics (Burr Ridge, IL: McGraw-Hill Higher Education: 0072328487) 483 pp. + glossary and index].

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Useful Materials | My Course Website | Why I Wrote the Textbook | Why I Like the Textbook (going head-to-head) | The Competition Is Tough | Sample Chapters and Handouts | Website Extras | McGraw-Hill's Website


My Fall 2001 Macroeconomics Course Website | my lecture notes for this year's class

See the CEA-JEC Recent Economic Indicators for Current U.S. Macroeconomic Data

Have something you think would be useful for teaching intermediate macro? Submit it either as a url or an attachment, and I'll try to find a place for it on this website.


Textbook: Organization and Sample Chapters (.pdf format):

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Long-Run Growth

Part III: Flexible-Price Macroeconomics

Part IV: Sticky-Price Macroeconomics

Part V: Macroeconomic Policy


Why I Wrote This Textbook:

I wrote this book out of a sense that undergrad macro needed to have the barnacles scraped off of its hull. It is more than three-quarters of a century since Keynes wrote his Tract on Monetary Reform; it is two-thirds of a century since Hicks and Hansen drew their IS and LM curves; it is more than one-third of a century since Friedman and Phelps demolished the static Phillips curve, and since Lucas, Sargent, and Barro taught us what rational expectations could mean. All this time undergrad macro has been becoming more complicated, as new material is added while old material remains. It seemed to me that if I could successfully streamline the presentation of material, both traditional and more modern, the result would be a more understandable and comprehensible book. I hope that I have succeeded—that this book does move more smoothly through the water than its competitors, and will prove to be a better textbook for third-millennium macroeconomics courses.


Why I Think This Textbook Is Good:

I believe that it is good because I have succeeded in doing five things:

The result? A textbook that focuses on the macro theory that economists believe is accurate and relevant, and on the application of this theory to the world in which our students live and will live.

Head-to-Head Comparisons:

Growth: a detailed comparison

Monetary policy: a detailed comparison


Excellences of the Competition:

But this does not mean that I think that the other, competing textbooks are without value. The more I study them, the more impressive they seem to me:


Website Extras


Essays on Teaching


McGraw-Hill's Website For This Textbook



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