Economics in Public Policy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Danny Quah TW1 10.01A

Professor P Sinclair


This course is available on the BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics, BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

This course is open to students in BSc Management but not to Economics specialists.


Students normally will have completed Economics A (EC100) or Economics B (EC102) or their equivalent.

Course content

This course develops economic analysis for the large questions in contemporary public policy. Topics this year include: Global growth and income inequality; the shifting distribution of global economic activity and resulting tensions in international financial and political systems, financial and currency crises, and tax and trade policy. Minimal formal economics or mathematical background is assumed.


10 hours of lectures and 8 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Four pieces of written work to be handed in to the class teacher over the year.

Indicative reading

There is no set course textbook. A list of selected texts and readings will be provided at the start of term.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2012/13: 98

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication