Welcome to the homepage for GECON 200, Introductory Macroeconomics. Below you will find links to all class lectures, as well as some relevant videos and information I’ve created or pulled together from the Internet. If you have anything you think would be worth adding, please let me know.
Note on textbook: To the 4th edition textbook users, Chapter 5 on Health Care has been added in the 4th edition. After chapter 4, you should subtract ONE for each chapter to make it line up with the third edition. Thus, chapter 6 in the 4th edition is chapter 5 in the 3rd edition. I will refer to the third edition chapters in class, so please make this adjustment.
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Lecture 2 Powerpoint (HL): Comparative Advantage, Trade, and the Market System (includes Planet Money audio file on “Why Economists Hate Presents”) (Chapter 2 and Planet Money on “Why Economists Hate Gifts”)
- Link for podcast at the end of the lecture, Planet Money’s “Making Christmas More Joyful, And More Efficient“
- Planet Money’s “Why Economists Hate Presents” discusses gift giving and how trade can create value out of nothing. Many economists-including myself-think that presents are not necessarily all bad. We will discuss why in class.
- Freakonomics podcast on gift giving. Levitt gives a not so dour look at gift-giving.
- Planet Money’s “Cappuccino Reconsidered” discusses trade and the market economy at around the 6:00 mark. Tim Harford makes the point that economists have failed to understand the role of complexity in the market economy.
- This American Life on entrepreneurs, from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
- Bernanke New York Times article (HL).
- New Yorker “Anatomy of a Meltdown” (HL).
- Present Value Worksheet: Microsoft Excel.
- Present Value Worksheet: Google Doc, “Save As” an Excel file to work with it.
- Dow Jones Industrial Average Components.
- Problems with using the Dow Jones Industrial Average by Planet Money
- Behavior in money and investing by APM Marketplace Money
- ShowMe: Multiple Deposit Creation.
- ShowMe: Capital Constrained Banking.
- Educreations: Bond Pricing and Returns.
- Planet Money on what types of goods the government should or might be more efficient at providing.
- Income tax rates by group.
- Marginal tax rates and income inequality.
- Payroll taxes are very real.
- Death and taxes poster.
- Donald Duck says you should pay your taxes! Taxes pay for guns and tanks to defeat the Nazis.
- Medicaid and Medicare “Dual Eligibles” study.
- Hubbard Chapter 5 from Micro Book (HL).
- Tax Rate Worksheet: Google Doc form, “Save As” an Excel file to work with it.
- EduCreations: Using Tax Tables. Also a discussion of deductions.
- Ezra Klein discusses how hidden spending occurs through the tax code.
- Planet Money’s “How much debt is too much debt?“
- PBS Frontline’s “Ten Trillion and Counting“.
- Educreations: Real GDP, Nominal GDP, and Inflation (CPI).
- Google Docs: Real GDP, Nominal GDP, and Inflation (CPI). (Login to Google to “Save a copy” or Download to Excel)
- Code.org on the lack of coders in the U.S. (1min, 5min, 9min)
- APM’s Marketplace story on how small businesses try to create jobs.
- ShowMe: Using unemployment and inflation equations.
- EduCreation: Inflation indexing.
- NBER BCDC Panel sees rising risk of recession. Some insight as to who calls the beginning and end to recessions.
- Inequality, savings, and expenditures. Keeping up with the Joneses. A blog, so consider the source.
- When will China surpass America in _______?
- PBS Frontline “College Inc.” which discusses the move towards private education, and the implications that our deteriorating education system have on our ability to grow.
- ShowMe: Production Functions
- Educreations: Dynamic AD-AS Model (This is incorporating lessons from Chapters 14 and 15)
- NPR’s On Point: Ben Bernanke and Today’s Economy. What can the Fed do? Guests include Ken Rogoff.
- NPR’s On Point: Larry Summers discussing the debt ceiling and market volatility. Larry Summers is former Clinton Treasury Secretary and former director of President Obama’s National Economic Council. 7:00 mark discusses Summers’ opinion on how future generations (your generation) may be being cheated.
- NPR’s Fresh Air: Neil Irwin on “The Alchemists” and Central Banking
- Stiglitz Reading from Freefall
Lecture 14 Powerpoint: Fiscal Policy (Chapter 15 Remainder)
The 2008 Meltdown described by PBS Frontline. If you didn’t pay attention back in 2008, you should take the time to watch this movie.
PBS “Inside the Meltdown”
Creative destruction on display in a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid commercial (2011 Super Bowl-Anachronistic City). Schumpeter might have enjoyed this commercial.