The Country Project

  1. You will use data from the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) database. Currently, the
    latest edition is April 2020. To access the dataset, go to
    https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2020/01/weodata/index.aspx
    Alternatively, follow the path:
    IMF web page (www.imf.org) → Data →
    World Economic Outlook (WEO) →
    World Economic Outlook Database April 2020 →
    Download WEO data: By countries (country-level data)
  2. Select one of the “Advanced Economies” or one of the “Emerging and Developing Economies”. Collect available data series for the 5-year period 2015-2019. Analyze the data for 5 or 6 major macroeconomic variables, such as real GDP growth, inflation, unemployment, government budget, current account, etc. Make sure you generate graphs (or charts, time plots,
    etc) and briefly discuss each of the series (one to two sentences each).
    Part Two: Policy Recommendation
  3. Identify one macroeconomic problem that you think is the most pressing (i.e., low growth,
    high inflation, a large deficit, etc) for the country of your choice.
  4. Suggest fiscal or monetary policies that can address this problem. Use the IS/LM/FE and/or the AD/AS models to derive the short-run and long-run
    effects of these policies on the identified probliquem and on the rest of the macroeconomy.

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