Econ 219 Spring 2006


Instructor:
Marius Jurgilas
Office: Mont 444
Class:
W 6PM Mont, 319
Phone: 486-4443
E-mail:
marius.jurgilas@uconn.edu

Grades are in!

 


Office hours:

After/before the class and by appointment.

Course description:
This is an intermediate macroeconomics course. Continuing on the concepts developed in the introductory economics courses you will be gradually introduced to specific details of economic models used in macroeconomics. Special attention will be paid to current developments in the field.

Textbook:
Stephen N. Williamson “Macroeconomics” 2E ISBN: 0-321-24093-6

Exams:
There will be two midterm examinations and one final examination. Midterms are scheduled for the 15th of February and the 5th of April. Final examination date will be announced in due course.


Grade structure:
Midterms – 2x20%
Final – 30%
In class quizzes – 10%
Problem sets – 15%
Preparation – 5%

 
  • Your preparation grade will reflect your attendance and overall preparation for the class.
  • There will be several problem sets given throughout the semester. You are encouraged to work in groups while you should submit your own work only. Late submission of any due work will have a penalty of 20% for each late day.
  • Final exam will be cumulative.
 

Tutoring:
In case you need extra help but do not want to talk to me or can not get hold of me


Tentative course structure:


Reading:
Notes/hw/extras:


January 18
Introduction to the course
Macroeconomic measurement

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2


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Lecture 1

HW1:
Chapter 2 Problem #2
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January 25
Business cycles






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Chapter 3






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Lecture 2
Notes from Prof. C. Zimmermann
In the news
Example

HW2:
Chapter 3 ALL Q for review
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February 1
Quiz #1
Consumer and firm behavior




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Chapter 4




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Lecture 3
Quiz #1 Answer Key

HW3:
Chapter 4 Problem #2
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February 8
Quiz #2
One period macroeconomic model
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Chapter 5

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Lecture 4
HW4
HW4 Answer Key
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February 15
Review

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Chapter 5

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Lecture 5
In the news
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February 22
Midterm I

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Study questions

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MidtermI
MidtermI Answer Key
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March 1
Introduction to dynamics

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Chapter 8

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Lecture 6
In the news
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March 8
Break


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March 15
Two period model
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Chapter 8
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Lecture 7
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March 22
Quiz #3
Real intertemporal model with investment
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Chapter 9

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Lecture 8

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March 25
Emergency closing class make-up day

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March 29
Quiz #4
Real intertemporal model with investment II
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Chapter 9

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Lecture 9

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April 5
Midterm II

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Study questions

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Midterm II
Midterm II Answer Key
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April 12
Economic growth: Malthus and Solow


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Chapter 6


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Lecture 10

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April 19
Quiz #5
Monetary intertemporal model

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Chapter 10


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Lecture 11


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April 26
Money inflation and banking
 


Chapter 15
 
Lecture  12

May 3 6:00-8:00PM Mont 319
Final exam

 

Study quesitons Final exam
Updated: 12/11/2006 10:49 PM -0500    



Since the class is clearly divided into two groups of students (somebody
managed to get 99 and there are 7 As !!!, but unfortunately 3 Fs also) I
decided to give a second chance to those students who think they deserve
more.

If you are confident that current grade misrepresents your knowledge of the
subject, you can take a 30min minitest (same material as for the midterm)
Here is the deal:

1. If you decide to go for the second chance, whatever you have now is of no
relevance to me
2. Maximum grade you can get is B+
3. If you get a lower grade, you will end up with the lower grade.
4. You have to let me know when you want to do this (it will not be in
class)

Anybody can take this chance. The latest you can retake midterm II is May 3rd, 2006.