Public and Economic Policy

MPA Public and Economic Policy

The MPA in Public and Economic Policy develops students’ ability to analyse and evaluate economic policy making in national, regional and global contexts. Students develop strong empirical, quantitative and methodological skills. This particular stream equips students to pursue careers related to economic policy making in international organisations, national administrations, and economic consulting. 

Core courses

Students taking the Public and Economic Policy stream choose at least two of the following three half-units:

Public Economics for Public Policy (EC410)

(0.5 units)

This is a course in theoretical and applied public economics using intermediate economic theory. Topics include: issues of equity and efficiency, alternative theories of the role of the state, models of public goods and externalities including environmental policy, issues of tax incidence and tax evasion, income inequality, poverty alleviation and the role of welfare programmes, health and education policy, the effects of taxes on labour supply and migration, the optimal taxation of commodities and incomes and public finance. The main institutional references will be to the UK and the US, but some attention will also be given to broader international experience.

Globalisation and Economic Policy (EC418)

(0.5 units)

This course studies the policy implications of globalisation. The course considers both theoretical and empirical analyses of the causes and consequences of increasing international economic integration, focusing particularly on the challenges and opportunities that globalisation creates for policy makers. Key areas covered include: trade, investment, technology diffusion and migration. The course builds on the knowledge developed in the MPA’s Year 1 courses.

Methods of Economic Policy Analysis (EC419)

(0.5 units)

This course provides an advanced treatment of the empirical methods that are used to evaluate the effectiveness of public policies. The course builds closely on the MPA’s Year 1 economics courses on Quantitative Approaches and Policy Analysis and Micro and Macroeconomics for Public Policy. In this course, topics covered include the problem of causality, the theory and practice of randomised experiments, difference in differences, regression discontinuity, and calibration.

Core faculty

Dr Thomas Sampson

Dr Thomas Sampson

Lecturer in Economics 
Centre for Economic Performance

Dr Johannes Spinnewijn

Dr Johannes Spinnewijn

Lecturer in Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
STICERD

Professor Daniel Sturm

Professor Daniel Sturm

Professor of Economics
Executive MPA Director
Centre for Economic Performance
STICERD


Careers 

The MPA in Public and Economic Policy prepares students for careers in economic policy-making. Alumni destinations include: Accenture, Deloitte, International Monetary Fund, JP Morgan Chase & Co, KPMG, Ministry of Finance, Ofcom, PwC, United Nations, U.S. Embassy and The World Bank Group.

Alumni stories

Francesco Alfonso

Francesco Alfonso

Policy Analyst, OECD
Class of 2012

Zoe Jankel

Zoe Jankel

Associate, ARUP
Class of 2008

Rebecca Mann

Rebecca Mann

Class of 2012