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EC236: Topics in Applied Economics (2b)

15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to study a variety of topics drawn from the broad field of applied economics. Already the Department offers a wide range of choice of modules in the second and final years of study, but the width of the discipline implies that in any one year there will be some specialist fields of Economics which are not covered in the menu of core and optional modules; this module seeks to provide exposure to some of these fields. A complementary aim is to offer a module in which second year students can benefit from teaching delivered by leading researchers in the specialist field. Each year, the topics covered within the module are likely to change to reflect the heterogeneity of specialist research interests of teaching staff, the changing issues within the discipline and the changing topics taught elsewhere within the Economics degree programmes.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate an established capacity for analytical thinking, reasoning and application, and the ability to abstract and problem solve. Develop a solid understanding of economic principles, applied economics, economic information, and research issues. Demonstrate an aptitude for data skills, mathematical/statistical skills and written communication skills.


The syllabus each year will cover up to three topics selected from within the broad area of ‘Applied Economics’. The selection will be drawn from all sub-fields within the discipline, including labour, industrial, development, trade, behavioural, experimental, financial, public, health, education, history, environmental, ethics, philosophy, happiness, and auctions. This list will expand as reflecting staff interests. In years in which other first year 15 CATS optional modules do not run, one possibility will be to compress them into topics within this module.

In selecting topics, the main criteria will include: (i) scope for the topic to provide a context in which, through application, students can begin to develop their understanding of key concepts in economics and econometrics, (ii) importance of the topic within the general field of Economics, (iii) policy relevance of the topic, (iv) complementing topics covered elsewhere within the degree programmes.


Pre or Co-requisites
Pre-requisite: EC120. Co-requisites: EC203 or EC226 and either EC108 and EC109 or EC107
This module is restricted to L100, L116, LM1D/LLD2 and V7ML students.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Not available on a part-year basis


Assessment Method
2 hour exam (100%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper) BUT NO ANSWERS MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer FOUR questions, including TWO short-answer questions (15 marks each) and TWO long-answer questions (35 marks each) You must answer AT LEAST ONE question from EACH section.

Answer Section A questions in one booklet, Section B questions in a separate booklet; and Section C questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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