Introduction to Macroeconomics

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Econ 104 Syllabus - Fall 2001

Instructor:Tancred Lidderdale
Class Web Page:
Office Phone:202-586-7321 (U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave.)
Fax Number:202-586-9753  (be sure to put my name on the fax)
Office Hours:TBA
Required Text:Ekelund and Tollison, Macroeconomics, 6th Edition

Course Content

In this course we will develop short-term models of aggregate economic behavior very similar to those currently used by business and government to explain historical economic outcomes, produce forecasts, and evaluate alternative government policies. We will primarily use graphical analysis techniques in the development of our macroeconomic models, although some very simple algebra and calculus may also be used.


  • 4 Quizes (average of best 3) 30%
  • Midterm Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 35%

Quizes and exams in this course are a combination of multiple choice questions and problems. Problems are both numerical and interpretation of graphs.

Four quizes will be given during the semester. Your average quiz grade will be based on the best three scores, the lowest grade being dropped. This means you can miss one quiz without penalty. Makeup quizes will not be given, a missed quiz will count as your dropped grade. A second missed quiz will count as a zero.

Internet Access

Access to the Internet and Email is not required but is strongly encouraged. Not only can you conveniently correspond with me by Email, but you can also download class lecture notes and answers to problems in the textbook from the class web page. If you do not have access to a computer with an Internet connection at your home or work, computers are available on campus such as at the Libraries. If you need help or training let me know as early as possible.