From school teachers manipulating test scores, to criminal behaviour, economics is increasingly being used to analyse non-market issues. This unit provides insights on these issues using an economic perspective. An underlying premise of this analysis is that people respond to incentives created by rules and institutions, sometimes in perverse or unintended ways. This unit studies real-world cases, including compulsory testing in schools, crime and punishment, corruption, and the role of government in correcting market failures. This unit also considers the implications for traditional economic analysis if information is imperfect and people are not fully rational.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd assignment (25%), 1x1hr mid-semester test (25%), 1x2hr final exam (50%)