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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

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 December 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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 Maths and Statistics Refresher

Monday 14 - Tuesday 15 December 2015

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

Monday 4 - Friday 8 January 2016

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

Monday 4 - Friday 8 April 2016

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

Friday 27 - Sunday 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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Economic Policy Analysis

Monday 5 - Friday 9 September 2016

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

Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May 2017

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

Monday 12 -  Friday 16 December 2016

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

Wednesday 4 - Sunday 8 January 2017

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

Monday 27 - Friday 31 March 2017

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: Development Economics

Monday 24 - Friday 28 April 2017

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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