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ECON9300 – Advanced Macroeconomic Theory

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Course content

This course has joint teaching with ECON5300 – Advanced Macroeconomic Theory

Macroeconomic theory with main emphasis on dynamic general equilibrium models. Mathematical tools for modern dynamic macroeconomics and examples of their application to business cycles, assset pricing, fiscal policy, growth and unemployment. Uncertainty in intertemporal models. The course is more about acquiring methodological and analytical skills than about empirical or policy applications.

Learning outcome


  • Techniques for dynamic optimization with and without uncertainty
  • Techniques for dynamic analysis in general equilibrium models
  • Infinite horizon and overlapping generation models
  • Asset pricing in general equilibrium
  • Optimal taxation in an intertemporal setting
  • Economic growth
  • Real business cycle models
  • Search models and search unemployment


  • Reading the newest and most advanced research literature in macroeconomics.
  • Appling tools of dynamic analysis in research.


Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

Please note that the course ECON9300 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. 

Students at the Master's programme must use the code ECON5300.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ECON5300 – Advanced Macroeconomic Theory


Lectures and seminars.


A 3 hour written school exam.

Previous exams - see ECON5300.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Resources allowed: Open book examination where all printed and written resources, in addition to calculator, are allowed.

From spring 2018 there are two calculators allowed for examinations:

  • Aurora HC106 - a very simple calculator with most basic functionsfunctions
  • Casio FX-85EX which is a scientific calculator with 274

All other calculator types will be rejected. The calculators are checked in the exam room. There is no opportunity to lend the calculator of fellow students.
You can buy the calculators at Akademika bookstore at Blindern, or online.

The same general rules for cheating also apply when using calculator.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Students on phd-level are awarded either a passing or failing grade. The pass/fail scale is applied as a separate scale with only two possible results.

Explanations and appeals

Ask for an explanation about the grade in ECON9300.

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This course prepares for the Ph.D. program. It provides a head start for last-year master students who intend to continue with a Ph.D.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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