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ECOS3027: Economics of the Family

This unit applies economic concepts and theory to analyse the family. The unit explores the empirical support for the theories, evaluates explanations for recent demographic and labour market trends, and examines the implications of using the family as the foundation of analysis of economic activity in society. Topics covered include family formation, trends in educational attainment, the changing roles of men and women in the labour market and the household, and the effects of government policies on the family.

Code ECOS3027
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECOS2001 or ECOS2901

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

  • LO1. Apply economic concepts and theory to an analysis of the family
  • LO2. Apply economic concepts to analyse the impact of public policy on family decisions
  • LO3. Apply problem solving skills to the analysis of the family
  • LO4. Apply technologies effectively in gathering information from written, oral and electronic resources
  • LO5. Rigorously analyse the causes and consequences of decision-making by families, by integrating existing or emerging economic knowledge and data
  • LO6. Develop written and verbal communication skills
  • LO7. Develop a coherent argument and justify the conclusions reached by reference to research
  • LO8. Manage, analyse, evaluate and use information efficiently and effectively
  • LO9. Critically evaluate the assumptions and limitations of the theories and arguments presented in class

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.