The module shows economic analysis at work in a number of areas of policy concern, and develops simple and more advance models and empirical methodologies that help us both to understand central problems of economic policy analysis and evaluate alternative policy options.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Combine economic principles with economic data to inform policy decisions
- Undertake basic economic analysis valuable for students' dissertations at the end of their degree
- Analyse and interpret microeconomic data
- Apply economic principles to devising appropriate policies for a range of economic problems
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various economic methodologies utilised in empirical work
The module builds on the conceptual knowledge of policy issues covered in earlier microeconomics modules and introduces students to various empirical methodologies in a number of different fields, such labour, health, environmental and demographic economics, while incorporating the important component of data analysis and interpretation.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, tutorials, and private study.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Lecture notes provided during class; academic published articles on relevant topics.
The final course grade is determined by:
Long take-home assignment (70%), assessing student's understanding of both the theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of economic analysis.
Two short take-home problem sets are distributed during the semester (20%). Each counts for 10% of the total mark.
Participation and performance in online quizzes (10%). This is accompanied by continuous formative assessment through problem sets.
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Repeat assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External