AP® PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS COURSE
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The AP® Principles of Macroeconomics course contains 99 self-grading microlearning lessons that work instantly inside your Learning Management System (LMS).

The AP® Principles of Macroeconomics course covers the scope and sequence requirements for an Advanced Placement® macroeconomics course and is derived from OpenStax’s AP® Principles of Macroeconomics, which is listed on the College Board’s AP® example textbook list. It covers classical and Keynesian views, with a prominent section on the Expenditure-Output model to align to the AP®curriculum and includes many current examples and recent data from FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), which are presented in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts.

What is Advanced Placement (AP®)? Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.

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  • What Is Economics, and Why Is It Important?
  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • How Economists Use Theories and Models to Understand Economic Issues
  • How Economies Can Be Organized: An Overview of Economic Systems
  • Final Assessment
  • How Individuals Make Choices Based on Their Budget Constraint
  • The Production Possibilities Frontier and Social Choices
  • Confronting Objections to the Economic Approach
  • Final Assessment
  • Demand, Supply, and Equilibrium in Markets for Goods and Services
  • Shifts in Demand and Supply for Goods and Services
  • Changes in Equilibrium Price and Quantity: The Four-Step Process
  • Price Ceilings and Price Floors
  • Demand, Supply, and Efficiency
  • Final Assessment
  • Demand and Supply at Work in Labor Markets
  • Demand and Supply in Financial Markets
  • The Market System as an Efficient Mechanism for Information
  • Final Assessment
  • Measuring the Size of the Economy: Gross Domestic Product
  • Adjusting Nominal Values to Real Values
  • Tracking Real GDP over Time
  • Comparing GDP among Countries
  • How Well GDP Measures the Well-Being of Society
  • Final Assessment
  • The Relatively Recent Arrival of Economic Growth
  • Labor Productivity and Economic Growth
  • Components of Economic Growth
  • Economic Convergence
  • Final Assessment
  • How the Unemployment Rate is Defined and Computed
  • Patterns of UnemploymentWhat Causes Changes in Unemployment over the Short Run
  • What Causes Changes in Unemployment over the Long Run
  • Final Assessment
  • Tracking Inflation
  • How Changes in the Cost of Living are Measured
  • How the U.S. and Other Countries Experience Inflation
  • The Confusion Over Inflation
  • Indexing and Its Limitations
  • Final Assessment
  • Measuring Trade Balances
  • Trade Balances in Historical and International Context
  • Trade Balances and Flows of Financial Capital
  • The National Saving and Investment Identity
  • The Pros and Cons of Trade Deficits and Surpluses
  • The Difference between Level of Trade and the Trade Balance
  • Final Assessment
  • Macroeconomic Perspectives on Demand and Supply
  • Building a Model of Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply
  • Shifts in Aggregate Supply
  • Shifts in Aggregate Demand
  • How the AD/AS Model Incorporates Growth, Unemployment, and Inflation
  • Keynes’ Law and Say’s Law in the AD/AS Model
  • Final Assessment
  • Aggregate Demand in Keynesian Analysis
  • The Building Blocks of Keynesian Analysis
  • The Phillips Curve
  • The Keynesian Perspective on Market Forces
  • Final Assessment
  • The Building Blocks of Neoclassical Analysis
  • The Policy Implications of the Neoclassical Perspective
  • Balancing Keynesian and Neoclassical Models
  • Final Assessment
  • Defining Money by Its Functions
  • Measuring Money: Currency, M1, and M2
  • The Role of Banks
  • How Banks Create Money
  • Final Assessment
  • The Federal Reserve Banking System and Central Banks
  • Bank Regulation
  • How a Central Bank Executes Monetary Policy
  • Monetary Policy and Economic Outcomes
  • Pitfalls for Monetary Policy
  • Final Assessment
  • How the Foreign Exchange Market Works
  • Demand and Supply Shifts in Foreign Exchange Markets
  • Macroeconomic Effects of Exchange Rates
  • Exchange Rate Policies
  • Final Assessment
  • Government Spending
  • Taxation
  • Federal Deficits and the National Debt
  • Using Fiscal Policy to Fight Recession, Unemployment, and Inflation
  • Automatic Stabilizers
  • Practical Problems with Discretionary Fiscal Policy
  • The Question of a Balanced Budget
  • Final Assessment
  • How Government Borrowing Affects Investment and the Trade Balance
  • Fiscal Policy, Investment, and Economic Growth
  • How Government Borrowing Affects Private Saving
  • Fiscal Policy and the Trade Balance
  • Final Assessment
  • The Diversity of Countries and Economies across the World
  • Improving Countries’ Standards of Living
  • Causes of Unemployment around the World
  • Causes of Inflation in Various Countries and Regions
  • Balance of Trade Concerns
  • Final Assessment
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