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Economics 2B ECON2002

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is an intermediate Macroeconomics course whose students are largely drawn from those wishing to prepare for Honours in Economics. The course comprises intermediate Macroeconomics and Economic Data Analysis.


Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1300-1400

Tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Normally a grade D or above in both Economics 1A and Economics 1B.

Excluded Courses




Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The main aims of this course are:

■ to present macroeconomic theory at an intermediate level.

■ to equip students with basic versions of theoretical models to analyse the conduct of macroeconomic policy in closed and open economies.

■ to present the different lines of research in the post-WW II history of macroeconomics.

■ to develop a knowledge of, and an ability to use, the basic tools of economic data analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. analyse macroeconomic implications of monetary and fiscal policies and shocks

2. analyse and discuss the role of expectations in macroeconomic theory

3. analyse the relationships among major macroeconomic variables, such as the aggregate output, unemployment, inflation rate, interest rate, exchange rate

4. apply economic theories to the discussion of macroeconomic issues such as high inflation and high unemployment, financial crises, contemporary issues like Brexit etc. in a coherent manner, based on scholarly literature and policy papers

5. apply a range of macroeconomic models to the analysis of historical episodes such as severe recessions and financial crises

6. outline the main directions of research, how economic models were developed and main debates around their assumptions in macroeconomics in post-WW II history

7. communicate contemporary issues in macroeconomics using appropriate theories to specialists as well as non-specialists, by writing clearly and concisely.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits