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University of British Columbia
Department of Economics

Econ 102 Section 002
Principles of Macroeconomics
Spring 2013

Course Information

Time | | Place|
Monday | 12:00-1:00pm| Buchanan A203|
WednesdayFriday | 12:00-1:00pm12:00-1:00pm| Buchanan A203Buchanan A203|

Instructor: Alfred Kong
Office: Buchanan Tower 627
Office Hours: Monday Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm or by appointment Email: alfred.kong@ubc.ca

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Textbook

Ragan, Christopher and Lipsey, Richard, Macroeconomics, 13th Canadian Edition, 2011, Pearson.

Course Objective

The purpose of this introductory course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to Canada as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. We will discuss the following issues during the semester: 1) Why does GDP matter to us?

2) What determines Canada’s economic growth?
3) What causes unemployment?
4) What causes the price level to fluctuate?
5) What is the government’s role in our economy?

Course Organization

Lectures will be used to introduce and analyze major course topics and to clarify reading assignments. You should attend on a regular basis, since material and problems not covered in the text will, from time to time, be discussed. Weekly readings must be done in advance, prior to lectures. Students are responsible for all material presented in class, including announcements of exam dates, handouts, etc.

Course Website

Lecture slides for every lecture will be made available through Vista (http://www.elearning.ubc.ca/lms/login-to-vista/) before each class. Other useful resources will also be posted on the website...
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