ECON105-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)

Introduction to Macroeconomics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course introduces students to the macro economy and how it evolved to where it is today. We examine economic variables and how rises and falls in these variables affect people and businesses. We investigate how government policies, decisions by households and firms, and changes in the world economy affect inflation, exchange rates, interest rates, unemployment, growth, poverty and inequality and other economic outcomes we care about.

ECON105 will challenge your views of how you see the world. You will read the newspaper, watch the news and listen to economic and political commentators in a different way than you used to. Maybe you will even read the newspaper, watch the news and listen to economic and political commentators for the very first time because you have discovered there is some interesting stuff there.

ECON105 will help shed light on some important real-world questions. Questions like:
• What is so bad about inflation?
• Why do we care what the Governor of the Reserve Bank says?
• Which is better – a high or low exchange rate?
• What does the government do and what should it be doing?
• Do tax cuts only benefit the rich and, if so, is that fair?
• What makes for a good taxation system?
• Why is economic growth so important or is it?
• Is society becoming more or less equal and does it matter?
• What is the best way to help the world’s poorest?
• What might be different about resources in the NZ economic, bicultural context?

To put these questions into some context we will also spend a bit of time looking at what the NZ economy looks like – where it has come from; the ideas that have influenced our economic history; our growth and inflation record compared to other countries; and recent changes and important pieces of legislation.

ECON105 serves as a prerequisite for ECON206 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) which is a compulsory subject for students majoring in economics. ECON105 is also required by NZICA.

Course Coordinator

Stephen Hickson

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $3,975.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

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