4682 Special Topics in Economic Policy
Atanas Pekanov
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/15/24 to 02/21/24
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/06/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 03/13/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 03/20/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 04/10/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 04/17/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 04/24/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 05/08/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 05/15/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 05/22/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 05/29/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 06/05/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 06/12/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 06/19/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18
Wednesday 06/26/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.18

This course revolves around monetary policy and its transmission mechanism to the macroeconomy. Theoretically, it covers both the theoretical background of the standard AS-AD model, but also the standard Ney Keynesian macroeconomic model. We analyse how monetary policy affects macroeconomic variables through the lense of both models with a focus on the transmission mechanism of monetary policy. We also discuss distributional aspects of monetary policy in the Euro area – between separate Euro area member states, but also in terms of the effects of monetary policy on income and wealth inequality between households. We discuss studies on the effects of monetary policy on the labour market and on the recent inflation shock in the euro area. 

We then also delve into the practical implementation of monetary policy. We examine a number of studies on the effects of unconventional monetary policy, namely on Quantitative Easing (QE), Forward Guidance and other central bank interventions. We compare the decision-making process at the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank and discuss the different performance, tools and recent decisions of both leading central banks. Important episodes of market stress after the financial crises in 2008 are covered to better understand how central bank interventions guide financial markets and the wider economy. At the end of the course, students are well equipped to discuss the detailed literature on the role and effects of monetary policy for the macroeconomy, as well as give practical examples and analyse ongoing development on financial markets.

Learning outcomes

The envisaged learning outcomes are the ability to understand and critically discuss the currents strands of research on industrial policy, to apply the research results to practical cases (e.g. development strategies of individual countries or regions, industrial policies for 'green transformations', industrial policy in the digital age, ...), to summarize and present these arguments in oral and written form and to discuss them in group settings.

Attendance requirements

Physical presence is the rule, in specific cases also online formats are possible.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course will use various formats, e.g. presentation from lecturer (supported by online simulations), regular assigments between the courses, group work for presentations and paper writing (both with bilateral support from the lecturer)


Assessment will be based on (i) regular attendence and active participation in class [10%] (ii) fulfilment of the regular assignments (homework) [20%] (iii) an interim exam after the lectures on basic theoretical concepts and current empirical research [30%] (iv) oral presentations of group work on specific cases of industrial policy [40%]

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

In case of oversubscription of the course, those present at the first lecture will get preferential access.


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Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Knowledge of some basic economic concepts (e.g. 'market failure', externalities, economies of scale, ...) and the ability to understand and interpret standard empricial research (e.g. descriptive statistics, results of correlation and cluster analysis etc.). Good knowledge of general and economic history is valuable for the course

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Last edited: 2024-02-20