ECC3660 - Monetary economics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics


Dr Giovanni Caggiano

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Economics of financial assets, markets, intermediaries, regulation and innovation; money aggregates; behaviour of interest rates; loan funds analysis; risk and term structure of interest rates; adverse selection and moral hazard; independence of central banks; determinants of the money supply and the conduct of monetary policy in Australia; theories of money demand; money supply and economic activity; Keynesian-monetarist debate; transmission mechanisms of monetary policy; money and inflation; monetary implications of budget deficits; volatility in foreign exchange markets; the international financial system; capital controls; role of the IMF; international monetary policy strategy.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. principal issues in contemporary monetary theory and policy
  2. nature and functions of the monetary system in a developed economy
  3. factors governing the relationship between monetary forces and economic activity
  4. principles, techniques and problems of implementing monetary policies;
  5. current controversies in monetary policy.


Within semester assessment: 25% + Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


ECC2000 and ECC2010 or equivalent