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[mak-roh-ek-uh-nom-iks, -ee-kuh-] /ˌmæk roʊˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪks, -ˌi kə-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of economics dealing with the broad and general aspects of an economy, as the relationship between the income and investments of a country as a whole.
Compare microeconomics.
Origin of macroeconomics
1945-50; macro- + economics
Related forms
macroeconomic, adjective
[mak-roh-i-kon-uh-mist] /ˌmæk roʊ ɪˈkɒn ə mɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for macroeconomics
  • More seriously, there is a science of macroeconomics emerging.
  • That's why the study of economics is separated into micro- and macroeconomics.
  • The proper subject for investment is macroeconomics.
  • Some say macroeconomics is confused, but micro is fine.
  • We seek candidates with a specialization in macroeconomics.
  • Individuals with an interest in teaching macroeconomics and econometrics at the graduate level are preferred.
  • The fault of the macroeconomics profession was not so much rational expectations, which is a convenient and useful device.
  • He plans to nominate someone with a background in macroeconomics, another in markets, and a third in regulation.
  • Abstract arguments about macroeconomics are unlikely to mollify motorists cross about the cost of filling up their tanks.
British Dictionary definitions for macroeconomics


/ˌmækrəʊˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks; -ˌɛk-/
(functioning as sing) the branch of economics concerned with aggregates, such as national income, consumption, and investment Compare microeconomics
Derived Forms
macroeconomic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for macroeconomics

also macro-economics, 1948, from macroeconomic; also see -ics.

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macroeconomics in Culture

macroeconomics definition

The part of economic theory that deals with aggregates, such as national income, total employment, and total consumption. (Compare microeconomics.)

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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