Not available in 2015/16
SA4X6E      Half Unit
Welfare Analysis and Measurement

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Stephen Jenkins and Dr Berkay Ozcan


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


Pre-requisites for this course are completion of Empirical Methods for Public Policy and Economic Policy Analysis.

Course content

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. The topics covered include issues such as measurement of inequality and poverty, setting poverty thresholds and equivalence scales, assessment of differences between social groups, empirical modelling of the income distribution.


A one-week modular teaching block.

Formative coursework

One essay opportunity will be provided.

Indicative reading

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


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

Please note that online examinations usually take place on the third Friday after module teaching concludes. Assessed essays are usually due on the sixth Friday after module teaching concludes. Further details will be provided at the Executive MPA programme induction.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills