Welcome to AECO 701, the second semester of the first-year Ph.D. macro sequence. This page will host course content. In addition to posting PDFs of the course material, I will make (to the extent possible) LaTeX code and programs available when used in class. Please note: my LaTeX code is generally a mess. I find that exploring code that others have used is far more helpful than most tutorials. Some material I cannot make available online. If this is the case, please email me.

I should note that much of this material is based on lectures developed by the previous instructors of this course: John Jones, Betty Daniel, and Yue Li. I have also linked to other course pages that I found helpful in developing this material below.

Syllabus: link (tex)

Cluster Access: (link)

Homework (please email to myself and the TA by the due date):

Problem Set 1 (Due: 2/10): Programming practice (link,tex)

Problem Set 1 Answer Key (link,tex,code)

Problem Set 2 (Due: 2/24): Markov chains (link,tex)

Problem Set 3 (Due 2/24): Linear difference equations (link,tex)

Problem Set 4 (Due 3/24): Income fluctuation problem (link,tex)

Problem Set 4 Answer Key (link,tex)

Problem Set 5 (Due 4/7): The RBC Model (link,tex)

Exam Answer Keys:

Midterm: link

Slides:

Lecture 1: Introduction (link,tex)

Lecture 2: Overview of Macro Models (link,tex)

Lecture 3: Stochastic Processes I (link,tex)

Lecture 4: Stochastic Processes II (link,tex)

Lecture 5: Linear Difference Equations (link,tex)

Lecture 6: Lucas Critique (link,tex)

Lecture 7: Dynamic Programming (link,tex)

Lecture 8: Consumption Smoothing and Permanent Income (link,tex)

Lecture 9: Asset Pricing and Lucas Tree (link,tex)

Lecture 10: Complete Markets (link,tex)

Lecture 11: Stochastic Neoclassical Growth (link,tex)

Lecture 12: Solution Methods I: Guess and Verify (link,tex)

Lecture 13: Midterm!

Lecture 14: The RBC Model (link,tex)

Lecture 15: Solution Methods II: Log-Linearization (link,tex)

Lecture 16: Solution Methods III: Value Function Iteration (link,tex)

Lecture 17: RBC Calibration and Extensions (link,tex)

Lecture 18: New Keynesian Model I (link,tex)

Code:

Access the shared folders on the campus cluster or see me/email me directly.

Here are some other great resources for class materials:

Eric Sim’s PhD macro II course: link

Chris Edmond’s PhD macro II course: link

Dirk Krueger’s macro notes: link

Useful review of linearization: link

Here are other useful resources for programming or data:

Tom Sargent and John Stachurski’s website on dynamic macroeconomics in Python and Julia: link

Anaconda Python: link

And other fun material:

Inspirational Teddy Roosevelt Quotes: link