Course Overview (Master)

Below is a list of all Master modules offered by the Chair of Macroeconomics. You can access further information about the modules in the Faculty Handbook. Information contained here is correct at the time of publication, but please note that amendments can occur.

Master Module SS 2017 WS 17/18 SS 2018 WS 18/19
Complexity economics and agent-based modeling X X
Macroeconomics I X X
Macroeconomics II X X
Case Studies in International Macroeconomics X
Macroeconomics and Sustainability X X
Seminar in Advanced Macroeconomic Research I X X
Seminar in Advanced Macroeconomic Research II X X
Intensive Seminar* X X X

X: current semester
(X): preliminary planning
*: only for EPC students

For general information concerning the offered courses simply click on the coursename in the chart.

Master Study

The master study is a scientific intensification of the bachelor study acquirements. The courses in the bachelor cover a wide area and provide the ability to understand and evaluate practical macroeconomic issues against the background of scientific literature.
In contrast, the focus of the master modules is on teaching methodological knowledge and skills that are essential for independent scientific work.

Behavioral Macroeconomics

The module Behavioral Macroeconomics is also a supplement to the mainstream curriculum. In this lecture, the current state of research is presented in this new field, which is also the main research field of the chair. This involves the question of how macroeconomic models can be improved by the inclusion of results from related disciplines such as psychology or sociology.

Advanced Macroeconomics

The module Advanced Macroeconomics provides the theoretical foundation of modern macroeconomics. Topics are the microfoundations of consumer and investment behavior, the impact of fiscal policy on anticipatory economic agents, the modeling of money, imperfect competition and price rigidities in New Keynesian models and the impact of technology shocks in RBC models. Particular emphasis is placed on practising important methods for the analysis of dynamic models (optimal control theory, phase diagrams, impulse-response functions).

Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics

In the seminar Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics current research literature to changing macroeconomic issues will be discussed. The profound incorporation into particular selected articles from professional journals is in the foreground.

Macroeconomic Project Seminar

The module Macroeconomic Project Seminar is designed as an immediate preparation for a master's thesis with a scientific claim. Participants are expected to work on a given question using scientific methods independently and to write a research paper. For this, research methods used at the chair, economic experiments and agent-based modeling can be used. The foundations of these methods are taught in a compact course at the beginning of the semester. In a working group the application of these methods on the research question will be discussed. A seminar serves the purpose to present and discuss the research approaches and the results.

The MSc-curriculum of the Chair of Macroeconomics is aimed both at students seeking a professional activity in science, as well as to those who prefer applying their macroeconomic knowledge in practice.

For an academic career, which usually starts with the conferral of a doctorate following the Master's degree, the modules Advanced Macroeconomics, Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics, Behavioral Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Project Seminar prepare particularly. For this branch, it is advisable first to occupy Advanced Macroeconomics, because the other modules take relation to the substance of this module. All of these modules require a high degree of willingness to deal with scientific methods.

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Registration for exams and seminars

Registrations for exams and seminars at the Chair of Macroeconomics are only binding if they are made ​​in FlexNow or via the CföB. Other forms of application do not exist.
Registrations must always be made within the normal registration period. Late registration at the chair is not possible.