Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Siew-Ling Yew (First semester)


This unit focuses on Macroeconomic theory and policy; managing aggregate demand; economic growth and fluctuations. Content covers the following topics in detail:

  • open-economy IS-LM framework and AD-AS framework
  • principles of monetary and fiscal policy and problems of implementation
  • alternative theories of aggregate supply; imperfect information; labour market rigidities
  • explaining and correcting inflation and unemployment.

This subject provides an intermediate level treatment of macroeconomic theory and policy. Its central focus is the analysis of the factors and processes that determine the macroeconomic performance of a nation as reflected in such indicators as aggregate output, employment, the price level and exchange rate, and the balance of payments.

Implications of this analysis for the formulation of national economic policy are explored with particular application to Australia.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse systematically the forces that determine change in macroeconomic performance and living standards in Australia
  2. understand the relationship between the domestic economy and the international economic environment as reflected in the behaviour of the balance of payments and exchange rates
  3. evaluate critically the issues underlying important contemporary policy debates in Australia and elsewhere
  4. understand the nature and relevance of some significant recent developments in macroeconomics
  5. practice rigorous economic analysis and put that to constructive use in decision-making.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Siew-Ling Yew (First semester)
Dr Michael White (Second semester)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


ECC2010, ETC2010