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Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Economics
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $49 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 13 weeks long

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Overview

Unemployment. Inflation. Protectionism. Trade barriers. Fiscal deficit. These are not just terms in an economics textbook or in newspaper headlines. These real-life challenges carry societal and environmental implications for billions of people around the world. How do we balance the pursuit of economic growth with the right of all people to thrive on an increasingly fragile planet? To answer this question, we must reframe our understanding of macroeconomics in the context of a highly interdependent world.

Led by two leading economic minds – Columbia University Professor and Senior UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs and former Chilean Minister of Finance Felipe Larraín – this massive open online course explores traditional macroeconomic principles and tools, updated for the age of sustainable development and the current wave of globalization. Is a thriving global economy possible in an equitable and environmentally thoughtful way? Find out here.

This course is for:
  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying international development, economics and/or sustainable development
  • Economists interested in the balance of macroeconomic principles and ESG (environmental, societal and governance) criteria
  • Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in the financial sector – who need to understand the economic models that support and depend on sustainable development

Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction
  • Macroeconomic Pathologies
  • 21st Century Perspectives on Macroeconomics
  • International Comparisons of Income
  • GDP & Well-Being
Module 2A: Output Determination & Employment
  • Full-Employment Economy
  • Deriving GDP | Part I
  • Deriving GDP | Part II
  • Labor & Saving | Part I
  • Labor & Saving | Part II
Module 2B: Output Determination & Employment
  • Economic Growth
  • Partial-Employment Economy
  • Business Cycles
  • Aggregate Demand Management
  • Problems with Aggregate Demand Management
  • Output Determination in the IS-LM Model
Module 3: Labor Markets
  • Labor Markets, Concepts, Definitions & Groups
  • Labor Market Institutions: Minimum Wages, Unionization & Contracts
  • Costs of Unemployment, Digitization of Labor, Informality & Underemployment
Module 4: Money & Central Banking
  • Money vs. Barter: History & Concepts
  • Money Demand
  • Money Supply: the Role of the Central Bank
  • The Central Bank: New Approaches to Monetary Policy
Module 5: Exchange Rates
  • Exchange Rate Arrangements
  • PPP & Interest Rate Arbitrage
  • The Real Exchange Rate & the Role of Non-Traded Goods
  • Monetary Policy: Fixed & Floating Exchange Rates
  • Currency Crises
Module 6: Financial Markets & Crises
  • Bank Runs & Panics | Part I
  • Bank Runs & Panics | Part II
  • Preventing Bank Runs
  • Bubbles & Crashes
  • Managing Insolvencies
  • When Governments Go Broke
Module 7: Inflation, Unemployment & Stabilization
  • Inflation, the Fiscal Deficit & Seigniorage
  • The Costs of Inflation
  • Inflation, Unemployment & the Phillips Curve
  • Stabilization Themes
Module 8: Consumption, Saving & Investment
  • Consumption, Saving & the Intertemporal Budget Constraint
  • Permanent Income Consumption Theory
  • Life Cycle Model of Consumption & Saving
  • Investment
  • Basic Theory of Business Investment
Module 9: Fiscal Policy and Institutions
  • Budget, Public Revenues & Expenditures
  • Saving, Investment, the Fiscal Deficit & Management of Public Debt
  • Interactions Between Public & Private Sectors
  • Fiscal Institutions & Policies
Module 10: Open Economy Issues
  • Aggregate Demand in an Open Economy
  • Aggregate Demand with a Flexible Exchange Rate
  • Aggregate Demand with a Fixed Exchange Rate
  • The Current Account & External Indebtedness
  • The Intertemporal Budget Constraint of a Country
Module 11: Economic Growth
  • Economic Growth in History, Patterns & Sectors
  • Sources of Economic Growth
  • Solow’s Growth Convergence Model
  • Growth & Inequality
  • Growth Traps
Module 12: Globalization
  • What is Globalization?
  • Development of the Global Economic System
  • Globalization of Population Systems
  • Crises of Poverty & Inequality
  • Challenge of Sustainable Development

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Jeffrey Sachs

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