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ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics

About the Course

Welcome to the World-Wide Web course in the Principles of Macroeconomics. This course is delivered through the Web to ensure the most current materials are available for the students. Students taking this course for credit through the University of Colorado need to fulfill the following requirements.


  • Read all materials from each of the 15 units–it is recommended that the student progress in order from Unit 1 sequentially through Unit 15.
  • After reading the material from each unit, complete and submit for grading the written assignments which can be found at the end of many units. Some units have no written assignment. In this case, the materials will be covered in the next unit’s written assignment.

Grade Breakdown

All of the Unit Assignments will count for 100% of your grade. Be sure to contact your instructor when you begin this course. Whenever you are not sure of the next step, have any questions about the course content or grading, or for any other informational requests, please contact your instructor.

Instructor Contact

Jay Kaplan, PhD

Phone: 303-413-9359


My name is Jay Kaplan and I am the developer of this web course in economics. I was born in Japan and grew up in Washington, DC, spending part of my youth living abroad in the Philippines, England, and Germany. After graduating from the University of Maryland I worked in Washington D.C., including employment with the Federal Reserve, before studying for my PhD. I now teach economics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

I first taught Principles of Macroeconomics in 1989 and many times since. Development of this web course was started in the Fall of 1994 after my first visit to the World-Wide Web. My goal for this course is not to replicate a textbook, but to create a course similar to what I would teach during a semester. In general, I find that textbooks cover significantly more material than can ever be approached during a normal semester class. Rather than an encyclopedia of information, this web course focuses on the application of macroeconomics, providing the necessary background and theoretical foundations along the way.

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