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University of Economics, Vienna . Autumn/winter term 2023-24
Special Topics in Economic Policy
 

The macroeconomics of the Euro Area. Experiences, trends and challenges

Thursdays, 16:15 - 18:15  Room TC.4.16

Course content:

After a brief historical review of global monetary arrangements after WW2 and the tedious run-up to Economic and Monetary Union, including the introduction of the single currency, the course will provide an overview of macroeconomic developments in the EU since the inception of the euro, the (changing) settings of macroeconomic policy designs and governance mechanisms, and its analytical underpinnings. Topics and issues covered will include:

   Introductory session (mandatory, October 12) 

   General issues ​(October 19; November 2, 9, 16, 23)

  • From Bretton Woods to flexible exchange rates

  • The European Monetary System before the euro

  • The Maastricht-Treaty and the early years of EMU

  • The “orthodox” economic policy paradigm at the turn of the century

  • Analytics: the new Keynesian DSGE model and the "divine coincidence"

  • Bubbles, intra-area capital flows, economic convergence, and divergence

  • The financial crisis 2008 and its fall-out

  • Intellectual and institutional governance: failures and repair efforts

  • More or less Europe? Further integration for a "better" Europe

  • The main economic challenges at the current juncture

    Special topics ​

  • EU enlargement and catching-up                                                 December 7

  • Income inequality in the EU                                                           December 7

  • Greece and the Troika                                                                    December 14

  • Brexit                                                                                                December 14

  • The productivity paradox                                                               December 21

  • The EU in the global economy                                                      December 21

  • The secular stagnation hypothesis                                                January, 11 

  • Fiscal and monetary governance reconsidered                           January 11

  • The macro-policy response to the Covid-pandemic                   January 18

  • The return of inflation                                                                     January 18

   Final Q & A session (mandatory, January 25)

Teaching/learning methods:

The general issues will be covered by the instructor in a lecture format with Q&A; homework questions for discussion will be posed for each lecture. Special topics will be dealt with in presentations (30 minutes max) and discussion by students’ teams; two topics per session.

Learning outcomes:

Students will be offered a quick historical refresher of the run-up to the euro, learn about the main macroeconomic developments in the EU over the past 25 years, and gain knowledge and a broad analytic understanding of the evolving patterns of macroeconomic policy settings, governance mechanism and institutional design at the Community level. Students will practise literature search, exercise teamwork, and improve presentation techniques and discussion proficiency.

Attendance requirements:

Students must not miss more than two sessions; additionally, attendance at the introductory session (October 12) for students’ teams work assignment, and at the final Q & A session (January 25) is mandatory.  

Assessment:

Students´ teams special topic paper (25%)

Students´ presentation (25%)

Active participation in class (25%)

Final Q & A session (25%)

Special topic papers due no later than February 16, 2024 (length ~ 20-25k characters).

Background reading:

Students are invited to search/consult the relevant pages on the websites of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Stability Mechanism. Further reading suggestions will be provided in class.

Course material will be provided at www.wu.learn.at or upon request.

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