ECON20080 Economic Policy Analysis

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a course that uses economic theory and empirical evidence to analyse current policy issues such as the economic impact of the minimum wage, migration, inequality, taxation and climate change policy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should have a good understanding of the arguments being made for and against a range of current policy issues and an understanding of how economic theory and methods can be applied to these arguments.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics include:

- the minimum wage and related policy measures

- migration

- inequality

- climate change policy

- policy evaluation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In this course we engage with economic policies of current interest and importance via lectures, reading academic sources, in-class discussion, technical homework assignments, and in-class policy debates by student volunteers. Students carry out a policy assignment and essay to develop their understanding of the theory and quantitative methods. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Principles of Microeconomics strongly recommended

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: This is an essay exam that will be completed in person at the end of the semester. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Best four of five multiple choice quizzes. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Project based on analysis of a policy. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Comments will be provided to the class on homework assignments, and individually on the essay and assignment components.

Name Role
Himani Pasricha Lecturer / Co-Lecturer