University of Toronto                                                                                   Professor Alexopoulos

Winter 2012                                                                                             Department of Economics

            Max Gluskin House

150 St. George Street, 205. 

Tel: (416) 978-4962



Course Outline ECO2061H,S

Economic Theory- Macroeconomics (MFE)

Winter 2012


Time and Location: Lectures will be held every Tuesday 12-2 and Thursday 11-1 in GE100. Tutorials will be held every second week on Tuesday 12-2 in GE100 starting on week three. The preliminary schedule is as follows:

Lecture dates:

Jan 10, 12, 17, 19, 26, 31

Feb 2, 9, 14, 16

March 1 (MIDTERM), 6,  8, 15, 20, 22, 29,

April 3, 5

Tutorial times:

Jan 24, Feb 7 (PS #1), Feb 28 (PS#2), March 13 (PS#3), March 27 (PS#4)



Office Hours:  Prof. Alexopoulos will hold office hours by appointment. Mr. Qiao Yang (email is the T.A. for the course. He will announce the schedule of his office hours shortly and they will be posted on my webpage


Course Outline: The course is intended to familiarize students with current topics in macroeconomics. Topics covered will include economic growth, consumption and investment, business cycle theory and unemployment. Calculus will be used throughout the course.


Grading: The term grade will be made up of a mid-term exam that will count for 65% of your term grade, two assignments (each worth 10%), and one assignment worth (15%). The final exam will count for 100% of the Exam mark referred to below.


The final course grade will be calculated as follows


Max (Term Grade ◊ 40% + Exam ◊ 60%, Term Grade ◊  60% + Exam ◊  40%)


The mid-term will be scheduled for March 1.

The date of the Final will be announced when the exam timetable is available.



Textbook:  Romer, David. Advanced Macroeconomics, 4rd. Edition. McGraw Hill. However a third edition version should be fine if you locate a used copy.



1. Economic Growth.

1.1. The Growth Facts.

1.2. The Neoclassical Growth Model.

1.3. The Plannerís problem.

1.4. The Competitive Equilibrium.


2. Consumption and Investment.

2.1. The Life Cycle and Permanent Income hypothesis.

2.2. Consumption under uncertainty: The Random Walk Hypothesis.

2.3. Consumption and Risky Assets.

2.4. Investment and the Cost of Capital.

2.5. A Model of Investment with Adjustment Costs.


3. Business Cycle Analysis

3.1. The Business Cycle Facts.

3.2. Real Business Cycle Theory.

3.3. Sticky Prices and Limited Participation


4. Theories of Unemployment

4.1. Indivisible Labour

4.2. Efficiency Wages

4.3. Implicit Contracts

4.4. Insider Outsider Models

4.5. Search and Matching