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Public Policy Analysis - ECO00097M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. William Jackson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

The module applies economic theory to the analysis and appraisal of public policy: topics covered include distributive justice, inequality, poverty, human capital, output measurement, education, health care, retirement pensions and housing.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

To survey the main economic concepts and principles used in the analysis of public policy and demonstrate how they can be applied in practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module a student will be able to:

  • identify the economic aspects of public policy

  • understand the economic techniques used to analyse and appraise public policy

  • apply these techniques to current policy questions

  • reach an independent critical judgement about public policy matters


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Public Policy Analysis
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Public Policy Analysis
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be provided in line with University policy

Indicative reading

Barr, N. (2020), The Economics of the Welfare State, 6th edn, Oxford University Press.

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