For courses in undergraduate Macroeconomics courses.
A modern approach to teaching macroeconomics
Macroeconomics uses a thoroughly modern approach by building macroeconomic models from microeconomic principles. As such, it is consistent with the way that macroeconomic research is conducted today. This approach allows for deeper insights into economic growth processes and business cycles–the key topics in macroeconomics. An emphasis on microeconomic foundations better integrates the study of macroeconomics with approaches learned in microeconomics and field courses in economics. By following an approach to macroeconomics that is consistent with current macroeconomic research, you become better prepared for advanced study in economics.
The 6th Edition captures the latest developments in macroeconomic thinking, applied to recent economic events and developments in macroeconomic policy. With the financial crisis receding, new challenges that macroeconomists and policymakers currently need to address are covered in the text.
Stephen Williamson is a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He received a BSc in Mathematics and an MA in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held academic positions at Queen’s University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis, and has worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the Bank of Canada. Professor Williamson has been an academic visitor at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, the Bank of Canada, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He has also been a long-term visitor at the London School of Economics; the University of Edinburgh; Tilburg University, the Netherlands; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Seoul National University; Hong Kong University; Queen’s University; Fudan University; Indiana University; and the University of Sydney. Professor Williamson has published scholarly articles in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the Journal of Monetary Economics, among other prestigious economics journals. This text reflects the author’s views, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, or the Federal Reserve System.
Part 1: Introduction and Measurement Issues
3. Business Cycle Measurement
Part 2: Basic Macroeconomic Models: A One-Period Model and Models of Search and Unemployment
4. Consumer and Firm Behavior: The Work–Leisure Decision and Profit Maximization
5. A Closed-Economy One-Period Macroeconomic Model
6. Search and Unemployment
Part 3: Economic Growth
7. Economic Growth: Malthus and Solow
8. Income Disparity Among Countries and Endogenous Growth
Part 4: Savings, Investment, and Government
9. A Two-Period Model: The Consumption–Savings Decision and Credit Markets
10. Credit Market Imperfections: Credit Frictions, Financial Crises, and Social Security
11. A Real Intertemporal Model with Investment
Part 5: Money and Business Cycles
12. Money, Banking, Prices, and Monetary Policy
13. Business Cycle Models with Flexible Prices and Wages
14. New Keynesian Economics: Sticky Prices
15. Inflation: Phillips Curves and Neo-Fisherism
Part 6: International Macroeconomics
16. International Trade in Goods and Assets
17. Money in the Open Economy
Part 7: Money, Inflation, and Banking
18. Money, Inflation, and Banking: A Deeper Look