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General Macroeconomic Analysis

These courses, presented by the IMF Institute, are designed to equip officials with the ability to interpret macroeconomic developments using various techniques and apply analysis to policy formation and forecasting.

Intro

This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, explains how to diagnose macroeconomic imbalances and correct them through a coordinated set of adjustment policies. It covers the principal features of the four main macroeconomic sectors (real, fiscal, external, and monetary) and their interlinkages, highlighting both accounting and behavioral relationships and using data from a country case study.

Intro

This online course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, explains the basic skills required to conduct financial programming; the principal features of the accounts of the four main sectors that comprise the macroeconomy (real, fiscal, external, and monetary); and how they relate to each other. For each sector, the course presents the accounting framework, interpretations of variables and indicators from these accounts, and basic analysis of the accounts.

Intro

This online course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, builds on the FPP.1x course to expand participants’ understanding of the design and application of macroeconomic and financial policies. It presents simple forecasting methods for each macroeconomic sector, explains the baseline assumptions for the diagnosis of macroeconomic performance, and demonstrates the preparation of a macroeconomic adjustment program for a case study country.

Intermediate

This course, presented by the IMF Institute, is designed to reinforce the macroeconomic forecasting and modeling skills of participants and their use of modern econometric techniques. Lectures discuss the underlying theory and demonstrations show how to conduct empirical analyses using EViews. The course focuses on four aspects of empirical model building and forecasting:

  • data and model properties, such as stationarity/non-stationarity and co-integration;
  • dynamic specifications, especially use of error correction models;
  • model evaluation, design, and simulation; and
  • forecast uncertainty and policy analysis.

Intermediate

This online course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, is designed to strengthen participants’ ability to assess a country’s macroeconomic situation; it emphasizes practical tools for use in day-to-day macroeconomic analysis. The course covers assessments of:

  • the current state of the macroeconomy;
  • the stance of fiscal and monetary policy;
  • financial stability; and
  • the medium-term prospects of the economy, taking into account the sustainability of public and external debt, possible misalignments of the exchange rate, and vulnerabilities arising in the different sectors.

The course uses a case study to illustrate application of these tools and to show how they can contribute to the policymaking process.

Intermediate

This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, is designed to strengthen participants’ ability to comprehensively assess a country’s macroeconomic situation, including the current state of the economy; the stance of fiscal and monetary policy; financial stability; exchange rate misalignments; vulnerabilities in the different sectors; and the medium-term outlook, especially the sustainability of public and external debt.

The course emphasizes practical tools for use in day-to-day macroeconomic analysis and relies on case studies relevant to the region where the course is given to illustrate how these tools are applied and how they can contribute to the policymaking process.

Advanced

This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, gives government officials a rigorous foundation in the estimation of macroeconometric models and their application for forecasting and policy analysis in central banks, ministries, and public research institutions. Participants work in groups on hands-on estimation and forecasting exercises.

This course, presented by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, uses the main building blocks of a standard FPP course - sector interrelations and adjustment policies - but places significant emphasis on analytical and technical issues related to an Inflation Targeting (IT) monetary framework and the channels of monetary transmission. Special attention is given to how central bankers following an IT strategy respond to macroeconomic disequilibria arising from domestic and external shocks, and to the attendant effects on output and inflation.
The course includes lectures on the main policy issues underlying adjustment programs, emphasizing complementarities and coordination among policies. Case studies are presented on current economic issues and on the experiences of countries that have adopted an IT framework. The course includes a series of workshops in which participants are divided into groups, under the guidance of counselors, to work on analytical and forecasting techniques for the macroeconomic sectors and on various specialized topics, including IT techniques. The final part of the course is devoted to the preparation of a hypothetical adjustment program for an IT country from Latin America.

This course, presented by the IMF Institute, deals with building, using, and interpreting DSGE models. It introduces participants to the models and techniques that policy makers commonly use in analyzing monetary and fiscal issues. The course devotes a large number of lectures to model design and implementation issues and uses case studies relevant to the region to illustrate how these models are applied and how they can contribute to the policymaking process. The course discusses the advantages and limitations of the models when they are used for policy analysis and advice.
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