IMF: Free Online Course on Financial Programming and Policies

The International Monetary Fund

"Financial Programming and Policies: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis"

A course on the macroeconomic accounts, their interrelationships, and the analysis of economic developments.

About this course
How healthy is the state of the economy? How can economic policy help support or restore health to the economy? Financial programming is a framework to analyze the current state of the economy, forecast where the economy is headed, and identify economic policies that can change the course of the economy.

Through this online-course, presented by IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, you will learn the basic skills required to conduct financial programming. The course presents the principal features of the 4 main sectors that comprise the macroeconomy (real, fiscal, external, and monetary); demonstrates how to read, interpret, and analyze the accounts for these sectors; and illustrates how these sectors are interlinked.

During the course, economists from the IMF will lead you through the accounts and analysis of an economy. Besides engaging with lecture videos, you will answer questions on the concepts explained, solve short numerical exercises, discuss with fellow participants economic developments in your country, and work with data for a hypothetical country. The reading material will be provided to you.
Whether you are a civil servant working on economic issues for your country, a professional working with economic data, or simply interested in better understanding the developments of an economy, this course will provide hands-on training on macroeconomic analysis.

Financial Programming and Policies (Part 1) is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Belgium.

What you'll learn?

  • How to identify the four main sectors of an economy and understand the key linkages among them
  • How to read, interpret, and analyze macroeconomic data
  • How to identify macroeconomic imbalances
  • How to retrieve data for your own country and analyze it

Start: August 5, 2015.

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