This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (AEM 1300).

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this three-credit course will run July 13–July 31.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

Please contact us if you have questions.

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Learn about the economic forces that shape policies & impact our lives

In this program, you'll learn basic principles of macroeconomics in order to develop a framework for understanding these forces, the U.S. economy, and the complex variables that affect it.

During the first week, you'll explore the question, "What is economics?" In the second week, you'll look at money, the Federal Reserve, and financial panics. And in the third week, you'll examine topics from deficits and investments to international trade.

By the end of the program, 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.

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.