Series: Handbook of Macroeconomics

The Handbook of Macroeconomics aims to provide a survey of the state of knowledge in the broad area that includes the theories and facts of economic growth and economic fluctuations, as well as the consequences of monetary and fiscal policies for general economic conditions.

Macroeconomics underwent a revolution in the 1970's and 1980's, due to the introduction of the methods of rational expectations, dynamic optimization, and general equilibrium analysis into macroeconomic models, to the development of new theories of economic fluctuations, and to the introduction of sophisticated methods for the analysis of economic time series. These developments were both important and exciting. However, the rapid change in methods and theories led to considerable disagreement, especially in the 1980's, as to whether there was any core of common beliefs, even about the defining problems of the subject, that united macroeconomists any longer.

The 1990's have also been exciting, but for a different reason. Modern methods of analysis have progressed to the point where they are now much better able to address practical or substantive macroeconomic questions--whether traditional, new, empirical, or policy related. Indeed, it is no longer necessary to choose between more powerful methods and practical policy concerns. The Editors believe that both the progress and the focus on substantive problems has led to a situation in macroeconomics where the area of common ground is considerable, though they cannot yet announce a "new synthesis" that could be endorsed by most scholars working in the field. For this reason the Handbook is organized around substantive macroeconomic problems, and not around alternative methodological approaches or schools of thought.

The extent to which the field has changed over the past decade is considerable. This Handbook is a response to the great need for the survey of the current state of macroeconomics.

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Book Series: Handbook of Macroeconomics

Most recent volume


Volume 2A-2B SET. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 22nd November 2016 Editors: John B. Taylor Harald Uhlig

Handbook of Macroeconomics Volumes 2A and 2B surveys major advances in macroeconomic scholarship since the publication of Volume 1 (1999), carefully distinguishing between empirical, theoretical, methodological, and policy issues, including fiscal, monetary, and regulatory policies to deal with crises, unemployment, and economic growth. As this volume shows, macroeconomics has undergone a profound change since the publication of the last volume, due in no small part to  the questions thrust into the spotlight by the worldwide financial crisis of 2008. With contributions from the world’s leading macroeconomists, its reevaluation of macroeconomic scholarship and assessment of its future constitute an investment worth making.

Additional volumes


Volume 2A. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 22nd November 2016 Editors: John B. Taylor Harald Uhlig

Volume 2B. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 22nd November 2016 Editors: John B. Taylor Harald Uhlig

Volume 1A. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 13th December 1999 Editors: John B. Taylor Michael Woodford

Volume 1C. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 13th December 1999 Editors: John B. Taylor Michael Woodford

Volume 1B. Handbook of Macroeconomics

Published: 13th December 1999 Editors: John B. Taylor Michael Woodford