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ECOM-R318 Advanced Macroeconomics 4: Real Business Cycles, 5 sp 
Kod ECOM-R318  Giltighet 01.01.2017 -
Namn Advanced Macroeconomics 4: Real Business Cycles  Förkortning Advanced Macroe 
Omfattning5 sp   
UndervisningsformFördjupade studier
  BedömningAllmän skala 
    Kan genomföras flera gångernej
Ansvarig enhet Magisterprogrammet i ekonomi 

Antti Ripatti 


Master’s Programme in Economics (Research track). Open also to doctoral students in economics.


First spring term, annually in the fourth period


After the course, the student should

  • Understand and master the real business cycle model (RBC)
  • Be able to augment the RBC model with other economic features and shocks
  • Understand the asset pricing in general equilibrium models
  • Understand incomplete markets models
Studieavsnittets form 

The course consists of lectures (24 hours) and exercise sessions (8 hours), where solutions to the homework assignments are discussed. The lectures and exercise sessions are not mandatory. There is a written final exam based on the lecture material and the homework assignments. The homework assignments consist of analytical exercises. They familiarise the student with the theory and calculations typically required in applying and extending the models that have been studied in the lecture. They also involve the interpretation of model economies.

Tidigare studier eller kunskaper 

The course builds upon the contents of Advanced Macroeconomics 1, 2 and 3.

Rekommenderade valfria studier 

Advanced Microeconomics 1 and 2 courses would benefit learning.


The course starts with an introduction to real business cycle model (RBC). It extends it to various directions such as open economy and asset pricing. Finally, the course introduces incomplete markets models.

Studiematerial och litteratur 

In addition to the lecture material, selected parts of Recursive Macroeconomic Theory by Ljungqvist and Sargent, 3rd edition (2012, MIT Press; 2nd edition, 2004, available online); Applied Intertemporal Optimization by Wälde (2011, available online); Introduction to Modern Economic Growth by Acemoglu (2009) and Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe and Martin Uribe, Open Economy Macroeconomics (2017).

Aktiviteter och undervisningsmetoder som stöder lärandet 

The course material is delivered through the course website. The website also contains moderated discussion groups that support learning. Problem sets are designed to support learning of the course material.

Bedömningsmetoder och kriterier 

The grade on a scale from 0 (fail) to 5 is based on the points earned in the final exam (70%) and in the homework assignments (30%).


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