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Economics 202a, Spring 1998

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J. Bradford DeLong
Office Hours: W 10-12, Evans 601
(510) 643-4027 (W); (510) 283-2709 (H)

Petra M. Geraats

Sections: M 10-12 in 2320 Tolman; M 4-6 in 75 Evans

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


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Course Assignments
"Real" Business Cycles
Course People
Data Assignment
Course Readings
Human Capital Handout
Course Discussions
Problem set 3
Course Lecture Outlines
Ramsey handout
Course Logistics
Solow handout II
Solow model handout

Course Overview

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 instructor.

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.

For more information, consult: http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Teaching_Folder/Econ_202a/Econ_202a_Logistics.html

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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