EC440E      Half Unit
Economic Policy Analysis

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Gerard Padró i Miquel and Dr Ethan Ilzetzki


This course is compulsory on the Executive Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course content

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 contexts. The course will cover both key microeconomic policy issues, such as externalities, public goods and principal-agent problems and macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, international trade and finance and the determinants of long-run growth.


A one-week modular teaching block.

Formative coursework

One mock examination will be provided.

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.


Project (50%, 2000 words) and online assessment (50%).

Please note that online examinations take place on the third Friday after module teaching concludes. The project will consist of a 2,000 word data analysis exercise. Data analysis exercises are due on the sixth Friday after module teaching concludes. Further details will be provided at the Executive MPA programme induction.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2015/16: Unavailable

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills