Syllabus for Graduate Macro

SYNOPSIS: From a PhD class taught by Krugman at MIT

Paul Krugman
Spring 1999


Readings: Many of the readings for this course will come from Olivier Blanchard and Stanley Fischer, Lectures on Macroeconomics (henceforth BF), and from David Romer, Advanced Macroeconomics (henceforth DR). Purchase of both is suggested; otherwise, copies will be on reserve. Other readings will be contained either in the packet available from Graphic Arts, or posted on my website.

Syllabus: Here is an outline of the course, with the associated readings.

1. Minimalist macroeconomics

"The world's smallest macro model",
P. Krugman, "Babysitting the economy", Slate, August 1998,

2. Money demand and seignorage

BF, ch. 4, pp. 512-518
DR, 420-432
M. Obstfeld and K. Rogoff, Foundations of International Macroeconomics, pp. 515-530.

3. The IS-LM model

BF, pp. 529-536
DR 197-205
Krugman, "Japan's trap",
"There's something about macro"

4. Mundell-Fleming

BF, pp. 537-542
Obstfeld-Rogoff, pp. 609-620
Krugman, "Japan: still trapped",

5. Aggregate supply

BF, pp. 518-529, 542-555
DR, 241-293
N. G. Mankiw, "Small menu costs and large business cycles", QJE, May 1985.
J. Taylor, "Staggered wage setting in a macro model", AER May 1979.

6. Basic growth models

BF, ch. 2
DR, chs. 1 and 38-71

7. Overlapping generations

BF, ch. 3
DR, 72-87

8. Real business cycle models

BF, ch. 7
DR, ch. 4

9. Coordination failures and financial crises

DR, 294-300
D. Diamond and P. Dybvig, "Bank runs, deposit insurance, and liquidity", JPE, June 1983.
R. Chang and A. Velasco, "Financial crises in emerging markets: a canonical model", mimeo, 1998.

10. Empirical debates in macroeconomics

BF ch.1
M. Mussa, "Nominal exchange regimes and the behavior of real exchange rates: evidence and implications", Carnegie-Rochester Series 25 (1986)

11. Policy issues


Originally published on the Official Paul Krugman Site, 2.99