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EC991: Topics in Applied Microeconomics

  • Manuel Bagues

    Module Leader
  • Claudia Rei

    Module Lecturer
18 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The ability to apply rigorous economic analysis to real-world problems continues to be a key skill valued by employers and students. This module aims to highlight the use of microeconomic techniques including micro-econometrics and mathematical modelling to understand topics in applied microeconomics. The balance between econometrics and mathematics will vary depending on the topics taught in a particular year. The module aims to equip students to analyse and discuss important economic issues with the benefit of a rigorous foundation and deep knowledge of applied microeconomics.

Principal Learning Outcomes

The module should provide students with the ability to understand, discuss, and critically evaluate microeconomic policies.


The syllabus may cover, but is not limited to, the following areas of economics:

1. Education

2. Innovation and Intellectual Property

3. Regulation, Competition and Industrial Organisation

4. Economic Geography/Urban Economics

5. Culture and Religion

6. Environment

7. Health Economics

8. Conflict

9. Taxation and Distribution


Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites


Assessment Method
Coursework (50%) + 1.5 hour exam (50%)
Coursework Details
One class presentation (40%) + class participation (10%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper only) BUT NO ANSWER MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer ALL FOUR questions in Section A (All questions are of equal weight) and ONE question from Section B (40 marks each). Answer Section A questions in one booklet and Section B 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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