Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
Please read the published information on the individual courses carefully.

Samad Sarferaz: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Dr. Samad Sarferaz
KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle
ETH Zürich, LEE G 302
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 54 32
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

364-1133-00LEmpirical Methods for Macroeconomic Research3 credits1GS. Sarferaz
AbstractThe course equips PhD students with the toolkit required for empirical analysis in macroeconomic research and forecasting as conducted by academic researchers or government agencies.
ObjectiveThe first part of the course focuses on Bayesian statistics and multivariate time series analysis, such as Bayesian shrinkage, Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods, Structural Vector Autoregressions, Dynamic Factor Models and Time-Varying Parameter models. In the second part, we apply these methods to specific problems of causal inference and forecasting in macroeconomics. In the computer tutorials, we work on actual programming exercises, thus developing our own toolkit for many of the techniques using R.
860-0032-00LPrinciples of Macroeconomics Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: An introductory course in Economics is required to sign up for this course.

Number of participants is limited to 20

STP students have priority
3 credits2VS. Sarferaz
AbstractThis course examines the behaviour of macroeconomic variables, such as gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation rates. It tries to answer questions like: How can we explain fluctuations of national economic activity? What can economic policy do against unemployment and inflation?
ObjectiveThis lecture will introduce the fundamentals of macroeconomic theory and explain their relevance to every-day economic problems.
ContentThis course helps you understand the world in which you live. There are many questions about the macroeconomy that might spark your curiosity. Why are living standards so meagre in many African countries? Why do some countries have high rates of inflation while others have stable prices? Why have some European countries adopted a common currency? These are just a few of the questions that this course will help you answer. Furthermore, this course will give you a better understanding of the potential and limits of economic policy. As a voter, you help choose the policies that guide the allocation of society's resources. When deciding which policies to support, you may find yourself asking various questions about economics. What are the burdens associated with alternative forms of taxation? What are the effects of free trade with other countries? How does the government budget deficit affect the economy? These and similar questions are always on the minds of policy makers.