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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Programs

Macroeconomics and Current Economic Issues

Dates: July 16-August 5, 2017 (3 weeks)
Credits: 3 credits
Eligibility: current juniors, seniors
(see eligibility requirements)
Apply by: May 5, 2017

Overview

National economies are the result of a complex interplay of relationships, and many of those relationships may shift dramatically in the U.S. in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. What does that mean for you, and why should you care?

In this program, taught by faculty from Cornell's acclaimed Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, you'll learn basic principles of macroeconomics in order to develop a framework for understanding these forces, the U.S. economy, the complex variables that affect it, and the state of many current issues in our national economy.

By the end of three weeks, you'll be able to:

  • identify the basic structure of the U.S. economy;
  • explain a simple macroeconomic model of how the economy works to generate growth and employment;
  • illustrate how macroeconomic aggregates such as GDP, inflation, and employment are measured;
  • identify data sources for macroeconomic variables; and
  • use all of the above to critique important macroeconomic issues of the present time.

In the first week, you'll explore the question, "What is economics?" You'll talk about supply and demand, national income, unemployment and inflation, equilibrium and the macroeconomy, and fiscal policy and the role of the government.

In the second week, you'll look at money and the role of the Federal Reserve. You'll explore money demand, stocks, bonds, and other assets; monetary policy and federal decision making; and how money links to the "real economy." You'll look at how the macroeconomy is faring in July 2017 and spend a day talking about financial panics.

In the third and final week of the program, you'll examine deficits, debts, and macro policy; consumption, investment, and the business cycle; Social Security and the economy; the economics of health care reform; international trade and comparative advantage; barriers to trade and protectionism; the balance of payments and the exchange rate; and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Come prepared for thought-provoking lessons and lively discussions, and leave with an informed view of the economic forces that affect our lives and this nation.

Cornell's Dyson School is a highly regarded leader in applying practical economic and management tools to solve the world's most significant business and social challenges. It has an international reputation for the quality and breadth of its research, undergraduate and graduate education, extension, and outreach. The Dyson School's undergraduate business program, among the largest and most selective majors at Cornell, is currently ranked in the top ten nationwide by both Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News and World Report.

Course expectations

Students are expected to:

  • come to class having completed required reading;
  • be prepared to actively participate in discussions and activities;
  • complete assignments in a timely manner; and
  • adhere strictly to the standards of academic integrity outlined in Cornell's Code of Academic Conduct

Course

You'll be enrolled in the three-credit course Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (AEM 1300).

This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 10:15–11:45 a.m. and 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Maximum enrollment: 100

Note: You may combine this program with a three-week 1 program to create a six-week Dual Program.

(Note: This class fulfills multiple Dyson and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences course requirements for matriculated students).

Required textbook

Title Author Cost
Principles of Macroeconomics, 12th edition* Case, Fair & Oster $TBD

*Please note that the 12th edition is only slightly updated from the 11th edition, which is cheaper. You may purchase the 11th edition if you prefer.

This title will be available at The Cornell Store.

Special scheduling

Events

  • Monday, July 17: College Admissions Workshop, 2:30–3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, July 24: College Fair, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Statler Hall Ballroom
  • Saturday, August 5: Graduation ceremony, 11:00 a.m.–noon

Graduation

Students and their families are cordially invited to an informal graduation on Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Students will each receive a Cornell University Summer College certificate and be able to take farewell photos with their friends and faculty. Note that attendance is not required, but is highly recommended and is a nice way to conclude the program. Dress is smart casual.

Checkout dates and times

Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines.

Program directors

Arnab Basu

Arnab Basu is a professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, where he teaches Introductory Macroeconomics and Research Methods in International Development. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.

Basu's current research interests are in labor market institutions and active labor market policies in developing economies; consumers' willingness-to-pay for social and eco-labeled products; and international aid disbursement after natural disasters. He holds degrees in economics from the St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta (BS), the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi (MA), and Johns Hopkins University (PhD).

Steven Kyle

Steven Kyle is an associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and director of graduate studies in global development. He works in the areas of macroeconomic policy, both in the U.S. and in low-income countries. His recent work has included studies of the economies of Portuguese-speaking African countries, the outlook for the U.S. economy, and issues in the management of transition economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Steven Kyle is an associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and director of graduate studies in global development. He works in the areas of macroeconomic policy, both in the U.S. and in low-income countries. His recent work has included studies of the economies of Portuguese-speaking African countries, the outlook for the U.S. economy, and issues in the management of transition economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Kyle holds a BA in economics from Swarthmore College and MA and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. He has served as a consultant to World Bank and to the governments of Gambia, Bulgaria, and Sao Tome and Principe.

"The most important thing for all of our students is to know what their own opinions are on economic issues and to be able to justify those opinions with real facts and analysis." —Steven Kyle

Student experiences

"Academically, Summer College was tremendously stimulating and engaging. I was fascinated by my class's material every day. Besides the intellectual aspects of Summer College, there is a thriving social environment. I met so many people with diverse interests and backgrounds, all of whom are deeply passionate about their studies." — Elizabeth Phelan