The US Economy


The United States economy is the world's largest and has a major influence on the Australian and global economies. This unit examines the main institutional features of the US economy and their role in determining US economic growth, the business cycle and other contemporary economic policy issues. The US economy's interactions with the rest of the world are also considered, with a particular focus on Australia's trade and investment relationship with the United States.

Learning Outcomes

By the end if this unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and facility with the basic tools and concepts essential in economic analysis, including measures of economic and business activity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of economic policy, including monetary, fiscal and trade policy.
  • Apply the concepts of macroeconomics and microeconomics to explore choices faced by policymakers, consumers and businesses
  • Demonstrate the knowledge gained in the compulsory units by completing problem sets, short written assignments and an essay.

The fine print

Taught in Semester 2, 2019
1 x 2 hour seminar per week

25% Book review (2000 words)
25% Multiple choice problem set (500wd equiv)
50% Research essay (3000 words)

More details

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