University of Sussex Business School

Economics of Public Policy (L1003)

Economics of Public Policy

Module L1003

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module analyses the impact of public policy on the allocation of resources and the distribution of income in the economy. In this module, you will learn how tosystematicallyuse the tools of microeconomics and empirical analysis to answer questionssuch as: When should the government intervene in the economy? How might the government intervene? What are the effects of those interventions on economic outcomes? What are the possible drawbacks of these interventions?The module will combine theoretical and modern empirical approachesaimed at identifying the causal effects of interest. We will cover topics relevant for the current policy discoursedrawing fromvarious fields in Economics (e.g., public, labour, health, and law and economics)

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles of public economic theory and howthey relate to economic problems and issues

Critically appreciate when and how the government should intervene in an economy, and the possible limitationsof such interventions.

Critically evaluate the effects of policy or other exogenous shocks on economic variables.

Develop systematic understanding ofpublic policy issues and criticallyevaluaterelated data, evidence and arguments.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework20.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 11 100.00%
Computer Based ExamSemester 1 Assessment80.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour11111111110
Autumn SemesterWorkshop2 hours01111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Wenchao Jin

Assess convenor, Convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/566381

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