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EC991: Topics in Applied Microeconomics

  • Stefano Caria

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

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

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: By the end of the module, the student should have a good overview of micro-econometric methods and solutions in the broad area of applied microeconomics.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome: the lectures will give an overview of important topics in applied microeconomics.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: class presentation and participation, and the final exam.

Subject knowledge and understanding: To discuss economic phenomena in a variety of areas with understanding of the underlying principles, their practical problems and consequences The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: The lectures will cover a variety of topics, explaining and critically evaluating key issues. In all cases theoretical argument and empirical evidence will be thoroughly discussed. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Class presentation and participation, final exam

Cognitive skills: To critically evaluate existing work, in particular empirical work on applied microeconomic topics The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: The lectures will encourage discussion and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of academic papers. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Class presentation and participation, final exam

Syllabus

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

Context

Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - Year 1

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (50%) + 2 hour examination (Summer) (50%)
Coursework Details
Class Participation (10%), Class Presentation (40%), 2 hour examination (Summer) (50%)
Exam Timing
N/A

Exam Rubric

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

Read all instructions carefully- and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are FIVE QUESTIONS in this paper. Answer FOUR questions (25 marks each).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

You should not submit answers to more than the required number of questions. If you do, we will mark the questions in the order that they appear, up to the required number of questions in each section.

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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