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ECON5006: Economics of Law and Public Policy

This unit of study introduces tools to study the impact of laws and public policy on individual behaviours. We will critically evaluate empirical research produced by economists, sociologists, criminologists, and legal scholars. Topics will focus on criminal justice policy but will also cover other areas of law such as labour and social policy.

Code ECON5006
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECON5001 or ECON5040

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply economic concepts to examine real world problems from both an individual's and policymaker's perspective
  • LO2. critically evaluate the assumptions and limitations of the empirical methods and arguments presented in class
  • LO3. develop written and oral communication skills, specifically improving expository writing while describing research results
  • LO4. employ technologies effectively in gathering information from written, oral, and electronic sources
  • LO5. develop written communication skills
  • LO6. acquire the ability to manage, analyse, evaluate and use information efficiently and effectively
  • LO7. critically evaluate academic research measuring the association between policy or law changes and various outcomes
  • LO8. assist in the development and implementation of evidence-based policy
  • LO9. plan, write and present a policy evaluation
  • LO10. participate effectively in classroom discussions.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.