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Curriculum

The EMPA programme is designed to provide students with rigorous inter-disciplinary training in economics and political science, complemented by a wide range of electives, to prepare them for professional careers related to public service. It brings together LSE's unrivalled expertise in the social sciences with individual and group working experience of public sector problems, policies and management.

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Public Policy in Practice Workshop I

Runs from Fri 12 December 2014 - Sun 14 December 2014

Each policy workshop applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas. Teaching is based on a series of case studies.

The case studies are taught by specialists in a particular policy area and are complemented with group working sessions and presentations by policy practitioners involved in the policy area.

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 Maths and Statistics Refresher

Runs from Mon 15 December 2014 - Tues 16 December 2014

For some of you who have been out of education for a while, or who do not use maths and statistics in their day-to-day jobs, this course ensures that you are ready to undertake the EMPA programme at LSE by quickly and effectively bringing you up to the necessary level required to understand the concepts discussed in the courses.

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Political Science and Public Policy

Runs from Mon 5 January 2015 - Fri 9 January 2015

This course introduces a range of theoretical and empirical tools to analyse the politics of public policy making. The main focus is on political institutions in modern democracies and how they relate to public policy.

Topics include elections, representation, delegation, accountability, interest groups, legislatures, executives and decentralisation.

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Empirical Methods for Public Policy

Runs from Mon 23 March 2015 - Fri 27 March 2015

The course introduces students to the quantitative evaluation of public policies. The focus of the course will be on practical applications of state of the art empirical methods.

The course begins with an overview of the key benefits of randomised experiments and then covers a number of other widely used approaches to determine the effectiveness of public policy interventions.

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Public Policy in Practice Workshop II

Runs from Fri 29 May 2015 - Sun 31 May 2015

Each policy workshop applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas. Teaching is based on a series of case studies.

The case studies are taught by specialists in a particular policy area and are complemented with group working sessions and presentations by policy practitioners involved in the policy area.

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Economic Policy Analysis

Runs from Mon 7 September 2015 - Fri 11 September 2015

The course is an introductory graduate course providing an economics background suitable for high-level public policy making. The emphasis is on acquiring sound models and methods suitable for appraising policy-making issues and applicable in a wide variety of context.

The course will cover both key microeconomic policy issues and macroeconomic issues.

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Public Policy in Practice Workshop III

Runs from Fri 27 May 2016 - Sun 29 May 2016

Each policy workshop applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas. Teaching is based on a series of case studies.

The case studies are taught by specialists in a particular policy area and are complemented with group working sessions and presentations by policy practitioners involved in the policy area.

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Option: Global Market Economies

Runs from Mon 14 December 2015 - Fri 18 December 2015

This course focuses on the economic interdependence between countries in a global economy.

The first part of the course examines the structure and geography of world trade and examines popular hypothesis such as the "global village" or "flat earth". The second part of the course analyses macroeconomic issues such as the magnitude and effects of international capital flows, the debate over fixed versus flexible exchange rates and the economics of a common currency.

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Option: Regulatory Analysis

Runs from Mon 4 Jan 2016 - Fri 8 Jan 2016

This course provides the analytical tools to evaluate public policy interventions with respect to both efficiency and equity.

The first part of the course provides students with the analytical tools to assess the efficiency of public policy interventions through examples based on a range of topics including health, education, crime, social services and social care. The second part focuses on issues of inequality and poverty.

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Option: Fiscal Governance and Budgeting

Runs from Mon 21 March 2016 - Fri 25 March 2016

The course examines contemporary issues in fiscal governance with a focus on the institutional structures that shape budgetary choices.

Following an introduction to theoretical approaches to the study of budgeting, topics include medium-term frameworks, top-down budgeting, fiscal rules and fiscal councils, performance budgeting, legislative budgeting, fiscal decentralisation, budget transparency, audit and accountability.

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Option: Economics for International Development

Runs from Mon 18 April 2016 - Fri 22 April 2016

The main focus of this course is on acquiring the necessary theoretical and empirical skills to engage in the rigorous analysis of public policies in developing countries.

Topics at the forefront of development economics will be covered. These include political economy, trade liberalisation, growth, access to finance, technology adoption, education, health, infrastructure, property rights, land reform, gender, environment, mass media and political accountability.

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