Intermediate Macro Theory
Eco 300-800
Ranjit S. Dighe Spring 2004
SUNY-Oswego T Th 9:35-10:55, in Mahar 118

"All theory depends on assumptions which are not quite true.  That is what makes it theory."
-- Robert Solow

This course deals with macroeconomic aggregates, in particular the measurement and determinants of the level of economic activity, including long-run economic growth and short-run economic fluctuations. We will try to understand where economists tend to agree and to disagree.  Economic policy analysis and current issues will also come into play, and we will regularly read The Wall Street Journal and other serials for news and commentary.  Since this course is an upper-level expository writing class, written assignments will be a prominent part of the final grades.

Our final exam will be Thurs., May 13, from 8-10 a.m.

Quizzes #1-5, and solutions
Quizzes #6-10, and solutions

Click here for the link to that Brad DeLong column, "Deficit Coverage: What's Missing," that was to be read for Feb. 12.

Possibly helpful sources of editorials, op-eds, and columns for your short-paper assignments (more to come):

Old lecture notes (Spring 2003) on E-Reserves at Penfield Library:

  Old quizzes (Spring 2003): LECTURE NOTES FROM MY MACRO PRINCIPLES CLASS, for anyone in need of a refresher:

Week 1 lectures (Jan. 24-28, 2000)
Week 2 lectures (Jan. 31-Feb. 4)
Week 3 lectures (Feb. 7-11)
Week 4 lectures, including makeup lecture on U.S. economic institutions (Feb. 14-18)
Week 5 lectures (Feb. 21-25)
Week 6 lectures (makeup lecture plus March 3 lecture)
Week 7 lectures (March 6-10)
Week 8 lectures (March 13-17)
Week 9 lectures (March 27-31)
Week 10 lectures (April 3-7)
Week 11 lectures (April 10-14)
Week 12 lectures (April 17 & 21)
Week "12A" lecture:  makeup lecture on fiscal policy (posted April 25)
Week 13 lectures (April 24-28)
Week 14 lectures (May 3 & 5)


Last revised on 29-April-2004