ECON 56
Macroeconomics: A Look at the Data Winter 2024
Division II
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This winter study course provides CDE fellows with practical experience in using macroeconomic data to assess the state of the economy. The course focuses on the real sector, the government sector, and the monetary sector, with an emphasis on computing output gaps, analyzing contributions to growth and inflation, and assessing the stance of monetary policy. Hands-on workshops, interspersed with some lectures and readings, will be the main format of the course. The course will also emphasize the importance of effectively communicating findings and recommendations to senior policymakers who rely on their advice, with a focus on structuring papers or memos, editing, revising, and efficiently conveying quantitative information through tables and graphs.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1148
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s)
Prerequisites: Fall semester CDE courses
Enrollment Preferences: CDE Fellows
Unit Notes: Hali Edison, Visiting Professor at Williams College's CDE has worked at the IMF, Federal Reserve Board, US Dept of Treasury, and Norwegian Central Bank. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the LSE and has published widely in academic journals.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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