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ECOS3010: Monetary Economics

This unit provides an overview of the main elements of monetary economics, with emphasis upon macroeconomic issues - analysis of economic processes in which money enters the picture in an essential manner. The content primarily concerns economic principles and theory, but there is also considerable focus on the Australian monetary system and monetary policy in particular. The particular topics covered include: functions of money; the concept of 'liquidity'; money demand; determinants of money supply changes; financial crises and the 'lender of last resort' function of central banking; the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; term and risk structures of interest rates; alternative theories of the level of the rate of interest; the monetary policy transmission mechanism; monetary policy instrument choice; central bank credibility; policy reaction functions; the global monetary system; and Reserve Bank market operations.

Code ECOS3010
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902 or ECOS2040

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify, define and analyse problems and your solutions in monetary economics
  • LO2. conduct economic research using libraries, the web and other sources of information
  • LO3. negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with others
  • LO4. demonstrate a capacity for openness to new ways of thinking and appreciation of the importance of intellectual curiosity and reflection as a foundation for continuous learning.