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Economics For Public Policy (ECON90029)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeECON90029
Semester 1
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The course introduces students to the economic principles and framework used by economists to consider issues of public policy. The importance of rigorous analysis in problem solving is emphasised. The policy areas likely to be covered will be taken from public finance, industry policy, competition policy, micro-economic reform, taxation and income distribution, as well as health, education and infrastructure provision. The emphasis is on current issues and so the actual policies covered may vary in response to current events.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Apply economic concepts in a rigorous way in a public policy context, but in a way that is useful to non-economists;
  • Analyse policy-related information to identify relevant matters for economic analysis;
  • Combine different economic theories in a way that is meaningful and useful in developing and assessing public policies over a range of subject areas;
  • Evaluate the relevance of alternative economic theories for analysing different policy issues.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Interpretation and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Receptiveness to alternative ideas

Last updated: 28 May 2019