ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is an intermediate course in the economics of public policy, and covers both micro- and macroeconomic topics. The emphasis of this unit is on deepening students' understanding of major public policy issues, such as market failure, public finance, and monetary and fiscal policies. This unit provides a mix of theory and application, with an emphasis on developing students' skills in the analysis and communication of public policy.
Students are able to (1) apply economic models in analysing and understanding microeconomic and macroeconomic policies; (2) develop a logical way of thinking to analyse and explain economic principles; and (3) effectively communicate on economic issues and policies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial assignment

; (2) research project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ishita Chatterjee
Unit rules
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.