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Karen Dynan

Professor of the Practice of Economics, FAS
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Ofer Bldg 411

Teaches students the basic tools of macroeconomics and how to apply them to real-world economic policy. The goals of the course are for students to understand how to evaluate macroeconomic conditions such as unemployment, inflation, and growth; to understand how monetary policy and fiscal policy can be used to influence macroeconomic conditions; and to understand media accounts of macroeconomic events. The course covers a broad range of topics in macroeconomics including the role of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing the economy; the relationship between inflation and unemployment; the determinants of long-term economic growth; and monetary and fiscal policies in an open economy.

Prerequisite: A previous semester-long course in economics or a quantitative undergraduate background (e.g., some engineering or math).