PP404 Half Unit
Economics for Public Policy
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Ethan Ilzetzki
This course is compulsory on the Master of Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course has no pre-requisites.
This is graduate level course for mid-career policy-makers to develop their knowledge and understanding of key principles of economics as applicable to policy-making. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of analytical frameworks and models that can be applied to a wide variety of contexts. Both micro- and macro-economics will be covered, including price theory, understanding markets, externalities, public goods, principal-agent problems, economic growth, inflation business cycles, unemployment, and fiscal and monetary policies.
20 hours of lectures, 15 hours of seminars and 10 hours of help sessions in the LT.
Students will be expected to produce 10 problem sets in the LT.
There will be weekly formative course work to give students the opportunity to develop fluency with the tools covered in the course.
Mankiw, N. Gregory and Mark Taylor (2017) Economics, 4th Edition, Cengage Learning EMEA.
Moss, David A. A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics.
Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets - McMillan, John 2002
Intermediate microeconomics: a modern approach - Hal R. Varian 2014
Participation and the provision of discrete public goods: a strategic analysis - Thomas R. Palfrey, Howard Rosenthal 1984-7
The undercover economist strikes back: how to run or ruin an economy - Tim Harford 2013
The given texts are preparatory reading only. A full reading list will be provided at the start of the course.
Coursework (30%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Online assessment (70%) in the ST.
The online assessment will be administered via Moodle on a day of Summer Term to be co-ordinated each year with other courses of the MPP degree with assessments at this time of year. Students will have a fixed window (e.g. 12-hour or 24-hours) within which to access the assignment questions and to respond to them. Once they have logged into Moodle and downloaded the questions students will have 2 hours to prepare and upload their answers. No outside research will be required. Questions will be based on topics covered in lectures and seminars.
Please note that for the online assessment, extra time can be granted as a standard request for students with inclusion plans or who otherwise would need individual examination adjustments.
Department: School of Public Policy
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Controlled access 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills