180.101 -- Elements of Macroeconomics

This course introduces students to macroeconomics and its applications. There are two fifty minute lectures each week. In addition, students meet once a week in small sections led by teaching assistants. The sections mainly review lectures and problems, but new material is presented occasionally. There are two mid-terms, a final exam, and three problem sets.

Time/Location: Wednesday & Friday 9:00-9:50am, Hodson 110
Instructor: Robert J. Barbera
Office: Wyman Park Building 594
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30PM-3:30PM, Thursday 1:30PM- 3:30PM, or by appointment; in Wyman Park Building 594
E-mail: rjb46@jhu.edu

TA Office Hours: All TA office hours are held in the Greenhouse. See the link under Course Documents for directions.
Prerna: Mondays 4-5pm
Pavel: Fridays 2-3pm
Raul: Mondays10.30-11.30am
Burak: Tuesdays 11am-12pm
Yun: Tuesdays 8.30-9.30am
Harold: Tuesdays 8.30-9.30am
Lalit: Thursdays 11am-12pm
Nic: Mondays 5-6pm
Luigi: Modays 2-3pm
Derin: Mondays 10.45-11.45am
Edmund: Tuesdays 8.15-9.15am


The final will be Wednesday December 21st from 2-4pm. The room assignments are, for students with last names beginning with:
A-F: Gilman 50
G-Z: Hodson 110
Students with special accommodations should come to Wyman 603 for the exam starting at 1pm.

Course Documents:

Map to Greenhouse
Course Outline

Lecture Slides:

Lecture 1
Lecture 2
Lecture 3
Lecture 4 (Papageorge)
Lecture 5
Lecture 6
Lecture 7
Lecture 8
Lecture 9
Lecture 10
Lecture 11
Lecture 12
Lecture 13
Lecture 14 (Faust)
Lecture 15
Lecture 16
Lecture 17
Lecture 18
Lecture 19
Lecture 20
Lecture 21
Lecture 22
Lecture 23
Lecture 24
Lecture 25
Lecture 26

Problem Sets, Exams, and Solutions:

Problem Set 1
Problem Set 1 Solutions

Problem Set 2
Problem Set 2 Solutions

Problem Set 2b
Problem Set 2b Solutions

Problem Set 3
Problem Set 3 Solutions

Midterm 1 2015
Midterm 1 2015 Solutions

Midterm 2 2015
Midterm 2 2015 Solutions

Midterm 1
Midterm 1 Solutions

Midterm 2
Midterm 2 Solutions

Final Solutions

Final 2014
Final 2014 Solutions

Final 2015
Final 2015 Solutions

Additional Readings:

RJB notes for lecture 5
RJB notes for lecture 7
RJB notes for lecture 8
RJB notes for lecture 9
RJB notes for lecture 13 - The World of Finance

Readings related to lecture 21
Romer on Growth
Gordon on Growth

The following 3 readings are for lecture 24 (Friday Dec 2)
ECB Worries/European Woes, Robert Barbera/Gerald Holtham
The Plague of Long-Term Unemployment in Europe, Tim Taylor
Some animals are More Equal than Others, Saraceno

The following 3 readings are for lecture 25 (Wednesday Dec 7)
China’s economic performance and other puzzles, Prof. Barbera
China, Manipulation, Day One, the 1988 Trade Act, and the Bennet Amendment, Brad Sester
The Return of the East Asian Savings Glut, Brad Sester

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