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Case Studies in Microeconomic Policy (ECON90068)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeECON90068
Semester 1
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This subject will emphasise the application of economic theory and empirical methods to the analysis and development of public policy. The subject will consist of modules, with each module to cover a specific policy application. A module will consist of an introduction to a policy issue, an overview of relevant theory and empirical tools, demonstrate application of those tools to address the policy issue, and options for presenting the findings. The orientation this subject will be to applications of microeconomic theory and methods. This might involve, for example, design of environmental policy using auction theory; evaluating whether there is evidence of collusive behaviour by firms in an industry using game theory and econometric methods; design of welfare and tax policies using micro-simulation modelling and other methods; and using benefit-cost analysis to evaluate the net gain to society from active labour market programs. The exact applications taught will vary over time depending on the staff teaching the subject.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

• Understand the Australian policy environment;

• Identify types of public policy issues where economic methods can assist with analysis and development of policy;

• Formulate a program of research for analysis and development of a public policy issue;

• Choose and apply relevant theory and empirical methods to address a public policy issue;

• Assess the limitations of available economic methods for undertaking research on public policy issues; and

• Identify alternative methods of presenting findings, and strengths and weaknesses of those methods.

Generic skills

High activity level: Application of theory to practice; Interpretation and analysis; Problem solving; Synthesis of data and other information; Evaluation of data and other information; Critical thinking.

Moderate activity level: Written communication; Oral communication; Collaborative learning; Accessing data and other information from a range of sources; Team work.

Last updated: 16 August 2017