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Economics of Public Policy


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Tutor: Professor Andy Ross
  • Assessment: an examination (80%) and coursework (20%)

Module description

In this module we will show you how simple economic analysis can guide the formulation and ‘evaluation’ of public policy, and provide a toolkit for the evaluation of future policy issues. We will study a wide variety of contemporary public policy issues.

The module is relevant to anyone wishing to pursue a career in policy development, government, academia or consultancy. We will apply microeconomic principles and concepts, with emphasis on application. The material is highly relevant to non-economists involved in policy development.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • understand why the government intervenes
  • understand the range of options available to policy-makers
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of policy options in addressing the range of problems government face
  • be familiar with the process of policy-making and the tools available to policy-makers in England
  • be familiar with the principles and practice of cost-benefit analysis, and its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with alternative approaches.