Macroeconomic Policy (Econ 413/513)

In fall 2021, South Dakota State University will offer Macroeconomic Policy (Econ 413/513). The course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in Crothers Engineering Hall 215.

The objective of the course is to understand and analyze government policies designed to shape macroeconomic activity—in the short run and the long run. These policies include fiscal policy, monetary policy, financial-stability policy, foreign-exchange policy, trade policy, tax policy, and growth policy. In Econ 413/513, we study these policies and their macroeconomic consequences in theory, in practice, and in the contexts of several U.S. macroeconomic experiences including, for example, the great inflation in the 1970s, the productivity slowdowns in and around the 1980s and the early 2000s, the international financial crisis in and around 2008, and the pandemic in 2020.

If important issues surrounding macroeconomic performance and policy interest you, and if you enjoy a seminar-styled course format that welcomes open, informed discussion and debate, consider adding Econ 413/513 to your fall-2021 course schedule. The prerequisite for the course is Principles of Macroeconomics (Econ 202). The course is open to undergraduate students (Econ 413) and graduate students (Econ 513), allowing students from diverse intellectual experiences to share and refine their ideas and learn from the contributions of others.

If you need help registering for this course, please contact J. Santos at