Intermediate Macroeconomics

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Econ 311 Syllabus - Spr 2006

Instructor:Tancred Lidderdale
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:Tuesdays 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Bistro dining room in the Johnson Center lower level
Class Web Page:
Required Text:Online at Class Web Page

Course Content

In this course we will develop long-run and short-run models of aggregate economic behavior very similar to those currently used by business and government to explain historical economic outcomes and also to produce forecasts. Most of the models we cover in this course are very similar to those you studied in your Introduction to Macroeconomics (Econ 104). In this course, however, we will use mathematical (primarily algebra and some limited calculus) rather than graphical analytical techniques in the development of our macroeconomic models.

Course Materials

I know this will sadden you but you do not have to buy a textbook for this course. All course text, sample problems, Powerpoint slides, and class schedule are available on the class web page at:

EMail List: At the beginning of the course I will ask everyone for their email address. Any changes to the class schedule, course text, sample problems, or Powerpoint slides will be announced on both the class home page and by email.


Quiz (10%): There will be 2 short in-class quizes. Only the higher of the two quiz grades will count. The lower quiz grade will be dropped. If you miss a quiz, that will be the quiz grade that is dropped. The quizes will be primarily made up of multiple choice questions.

Midterm and Final Exams (30% each): Exams are a combination of multiple choice questions (about 1/3 of total grade) and problem solving (about 2/3).

Term Paper (30%): To be announced

Internet Access

Access to the Internet is required. Class lecture notes, powerpoint slides, and answers to sample problems are avilable on the class web page. You will also need to access the Internet for term paper research. If you do not have access to a computer with an Internet connection at your home or work, computers are available on campus. If you need help or training let me know as early as possible.

File last modified: January 24, 2006

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