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ECOS4201: Advanced Microeconomic Policy

2024 unit information

This unit covers topics in applied microeconomics for public policy. It will focus on a small number of major applied micro and behavioural economic theories such as incentives, discrimination and gift exchange, and apply these theories to examine empirical and experimental evidence in a large range of potential contexts from education and health to labour markets, volunteerism, charitable behaviour, finance and government policy. For each topic, students will be introduced to the traditional theoretical approach, followed by empirical and experimental evidence, and alternative academic perspectives. Students are challenged to develop their own perspectives towards policy implications.

Unit details and rules

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Code ECOS4201
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECOS3997 or ECMT3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. understand how research in economics is performed, including the publication process and the referee report system
  • LO2. read an economics paper, including the ability to summarise the research and how to find strong and weak points and express them in a referee report
  • LO3. be familiar with the different streams of economic literature on microeconomic policy.

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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