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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor John Madden


This course surveys contemporary macroeconometric and applied general equilibrium models as they are used for policy analysis. The focus of these models extends from fiscal, monetary and tax policy, through trade, tariffs and industry policy, to the environment and greenhouse gases. In their major written assignment, all students are expected to come to grips with some of the practical issues involved in policy modelling.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • acquire an understanding of the main elements of the theoretical structure of a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model
  • acquire an understanding of how a CGE model is calibrated and implemented on computer
  • develop the ability to conduct basic simulations with a comparative-static CGE model
  • acquire skills in the analysis of the more readily interpretable model results in terms of model theory, data base, closure and shocks
  • develop an elementary understanding of the key features of dynamic CGE models.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

John Madden

Contact hours

Two 1.5-hour lectures per week


ECC2010 and ETC3400 or ETC3410