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"Lectures on Macroeconomics" provides the first comprehensive description and evaluation of macroeconomic theory in many years. While the authors' perspective is broad, they clearly state their assessment of what is important and what is not as they present the essence of macroeconomic theory today.

The main purpose of "Lectures on Macroeconomics" is to characterize and explain fluctuations in output, unemployment, and movement in prices. The most important fact of modern economic history is persistent long-term growth, but as the book makes clear, this growth is far from steady. The authors analyze and explore these fluctuations.

Topics include consumption and investment; the implications of finite horizons; multiple equilibria, bubbles, and stability; the role of nominal rigidities; and labor and goods markets. Each of chapters 2 through 9 discusses models appropriate to the topic. Chapter 10 then draws on the previous chapters, asks which models are the workhorses of macroeconomics, and sets the models out in convenient form. A concluding chapter analyzes the goals of economic policy, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and dynamic inconsistency.

Written as a text for graduate students with some background in macroeconomics, statistics, and econometrics, "Lectures on Macroeconomics" also presents topics in a self-contained way that makes it a suitable reference for professional economists.

  • ISBN13: 9780262022835
  • Publisher: Mit Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 1989
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00664
Specifications
FormatHardcover
SeriesMit Press
Publication DateMarch 21, 1989
Pages664
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