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EC307: Macroeconomic Policy in the EU

15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The module aims to develop students' ability to analyse what is happening in the macro economy. The module aims to use and build on ideas from core second–year modules.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will have achieved a quantitative and qualitative understanding of EU current policy issues. Students will have developed the skills to analyse critically current and possible EU policy developments. Students will have acquired knowledge of current events including trends and developments in EU economic data, policy institutions and legislation, and theoretical and econometric models of policy and policy outcomes.


The module focuses on aspects of macroeconomic policy, with emphasis on its conduct in the EU, investigating current policy issues, and considers the development of current policy thinking in the light of recent experience. The syllabus will typically cover the following topics: the functioning of the EU and European Monetary Union.


Pre or Co-requisites
EC201 + EC202 or EC204.
Not available to non-final year students on Economics-based degrees.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (1 x presentation - 12 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (1 x presentation and 1 x 2 hour exam – 15 CATS)


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
One presentation (20%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Answer BOTH questions in Section A (40 marks) and ONE question from Section B (60 marks). Answer Section A questions in one booklet and Section B questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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