ECON9311 - Macroeconomic Topics

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Course content

This is a topics course in modern macroeconomics, with an emphasis on heterogeneity and inequality. The course studies three central topics,

1. economic inequality and consumption/risk sharing,

2. firm heterogeneity and development, and

3. heterogeneity in the labor market, studying theoretical and empirical aspects of sorting in the labor market.


Learning outcome

The inequality part of the course studies major developments in the economics of inequality, including the main drivers of inequality, the effects of inequality on consumption, wealth, and labor supply. We will also examine risk sharing and the extent to which households can protect themselves against risk. The role of public policy will be a central theme.The firm heterogeneity part of the course studies firm growth and its interaction with financial frictions, innovation, and economic development. The macro/labor part of the course studies unemployment, building on the search-matching framework of Diamond/Mortensen/Pissarides. The class covers macro- and microeconomic questions of the labor market combining theoretical and empirical methods. This includes seminal topic such as why unemployment fluctuates so much over the business cycle, why seemingly identical workers receive different wages, and whether the market allocates the right workers to the right jobs.


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This course is offered to PhD candidates at the Department of Economics.  Other candidates admitted to a PhD program may apply to take the course, but must be registered at the University of Oslo. 


Overlapping courses


Spring 2016:  6 lectures and no seminars.


Spring 2016:  Candidates writes a referee report on a paper, and present it.  Evaluation is based on the written report and the presentation.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Spring 2016: January 19. - February 23. (Tuesdays)


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