Macroeconomics for Journalists 2016

The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga invites journalists to evening course with Morten Hansen, the Head of Economics Department at SSE Riga.

Journalists are seldom economists but they often have to cover economic issues nevertheless. This course aims at remedying this mismatch.

The training programme will consist of 5 lectures of 3 hours each.
Dates: Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 01, Mar 08, Mar 15
Time: 18:00 - 21:00 at SSE Riga

The objective is to help participants understand major macroeconomic concepts and how they interact in order to make them:

a) able to perform economic analysis,
b) able to understand the links between various economic variables,
c) able to communicate economic developments to their audience.

The course will present and discuss major economic concepts such as GDP, exchange rates, unemployment, interest rates and many others. How they are defined, what they mean and how they interact. The course will also present the possibilities authorities have to influence economic development: How the government can use fiscal policy and how the central bank can use monetary policy, in both cases to affect the level of economic activity and employment. In addition, the economics of the European Union, in particular the crisis in the Eurozone, will be discussed.

The format will be PowerPoint presentations together with blackboard/whiteboard, interaction and discussion between the instructor and participants and with plenty of real life examples at all times.

Participation is free of charge.

About lecturer:

Morten Hansen has worked with SSE Riga since 1997, where he is head of the Economics Department. He holds an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University, Denmark. He is a Research Associate at the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies ( and his main research interests are in the fields of monetary economics, EU economics, growth and convergence.

Morten Hansen participates in the economic-political debate in Latvia via his blog at

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