Applications in Economic Policy: Policy Analysis, Formulation and Evaluation

 
Vakcode:
E_ME_AEP
Periode:
Periode 3
Credits:
6.0
Voertaal:
Engels
Faculteit:
Fac. der Economische Wet. en Bedrijfsk.
Coördinator:
dr. W. Janssens
Examinator:
dr. W. Janssens
Lesmethode(n):
Hoorcollege, Werkgroep
Niveau:
300

Doel vak

The objective of this course is to develop the capability of students to
independently analyse a policy issue, design a policy response, or
evaluate a policy intervention from an economic point of view.
Specific learning outcomes upon completion of this curricular item are:
• Students are able to identify a relevant (economic) policy issue,
to motivate the urgency of the issue, and to formulate an appropriate
research question
• Students are able to locate relevant economic theory in the
literature and to apply it correctly in order to analyse the policy
issue and to identify the economic rationale of potential or actual
policy responses
• Students are able to identify, interpret and compare empirical
findings from the economic literature to describe the policy issue,
and/or the behavioural response of the market and government actors,
and/or the impact of these responses
• Students have developed a critical attitude to the relevance and
shortcomings of empirical data compared to theoretical requirements, and
have become aware of limitations in insights that can be gained from
theoretical reasoning alone when addressing real-life issues
• Students are able to present their findings clearly to academic
expert and non-expert audiences
• Students are able to work independently, while incorporating
relevant feedback into their work
• Students are able to give constructive feedback to peers

Inhoud vak

In this intensive period course, students work in a policy area of their
choice (e.g. international financial systems and banking regulation,
macro policy, development and growth, environment, urban/transport,
health, human capital, competition policy, industrial policy). Students
write an economic policy-oriented research paper focusing on policy
analysis, design and/or evaluation.

Onderwijsvorm

One introductory lecture followed by weekly working groups (compulsory
attendance)

Toetsvorm

Paper, presentation and working group participation

Literatuur

Various theoretical and empirical academic papers (dependent on the
topic)

Vereiste voorkennis

Foundations of Microeconomics and Development of Macroeconomic Thought

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy and Structural Policy

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