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EC9C2: Topics in Empirical Political Economy

  • Michela Redoano

    Module Leader
  • Helios Herrera

    Module Lecturer
12 CATS - Department of Economics
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

EC9C2-12 Topics in Empirical Political Economy

Principal Learning Outcomes

Have a strategic overview and a detailed understanding of complex issues in advanced empirical political economy

Develop a critical knowledge of recent research in some key areas of empirical political economy

Enable students to autonomously pursue their own research agenda in the forefront of the empirical political economy field.


The core topics in the syllabus will typically include:

Downs Model, Probabilistic Voting, Citizen Candidate Models, Ideological Parties; Private Polling and Elections, Pandering and Welfare; Strategic Information Transmission; Multi-Player Information Transmission; Machiavelli and Leadership; Optimal Governments; Open Research Ideas.

Political Agency: moral hazard; Political Agency: adverse selection; Redistribution/Clientelism; Abstention and Voting Behaviour; Political Economy of Media.

Experimental Economics, to include: methodology; trust, altruism and reciprocity; cooperation; intelligence and learning; experiment in political economy.


Optional Module
L1PJ - Year 2


Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Assessment 1 (50%) , Assessment 2 (50%)
Exam Timing

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