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Econ209: Macroeconomic Analysis & Applications (Section 002)

Tuesday & Thursday, 4:05 - 5:25Arts W120
Professor: Paul Dickinson paul.dickinson@mcgill.caWinter 2013
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A: Course Content
The 3-credit course covers the basics of economic theory and policy at the level of the whole economy - the macroeconomic level (e.g. national income, economic growth, employment/unemployment, prices & inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy). It is aimed at people not currently specializing in economics at the majors or honours level. You should have already done microeconomics (Econ208 or equivalent): if not, see me immediately for advice.

Do the readings as the lectures progress - don’t leave them until exam time! Economic reasoning builds upon itself, so you need to understand each part as we go along. Lectures & conferences are very important: in case you must miss one, arrange a 'buddy system' so you can copy the notes of someone who does attend. Some examinable material covered in lectures may not be in the text. Lecture notes and answers to conference questions will not be posted on the myCourses web site.

B: Text & Learning Tools
The text for this course is Macroeconomics, 13th Canadian Edition, by Ragan & Lipsey (Pearson Addison Wesley 2011), along with its associated Study Guide (by Dickinson et. al.). These are available at a special package price from Paragraphe bookstore on McGill College Avenue. Other readings will be posted on the myCourses web site (check it often) or will be available through the text’s own web site on MyEconLab, at www.myeconlab.com. Note the following; • The text’s integrated Study Guide has summaries of each chapter (which does NOT mean you needn’t read the chapter!), useful study tips, and lots of practice questions and correct answers (with explanations) for multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and longer exercises to help you understand the...
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