Economic Policy Analysis

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Doel vak

The objective of this course is to develop your capability to
independently analyse a policy issue, design a policy response, or
evaluate a policy intervention from an economic point of view. Specific
learning outcomes upon completion of this course are:
• you are able to identify a relevant (economic) policy issue, to
motivate the urgency of the issue, and to formulate an appropriate
research question;
• you are able to locate relevant economic theory in the literature and
to apply it correctly in order to analyse the policy issue and to
identify the economic rationale of potential or actual policy responses;
• you are able to identify, interpret and compare empirical findings
from the economic literature to describe the policy issue, and/or the
behavioural response of the market and government actors, and/or the
impact of these responses;
• you have developed a critical attitude to the relevance and
shortcomings of empirical data compared to theoretical requirements, and
have become aware of limitations in insights that can be gained from
theoretical reasoning alone when addressing real-life issues;
• you are able to present your findings clearly to academic expert and
non-expert audiences;
• you are able to work independently, while incorporating relevant
feedback into their work;
• you are able to give constructive feedback to peers.

Inhoud vak

In this intensive four-week course, you work in a policy area of your
choice (e.g. international financial systems and banking regulation,
macro policy, development and growth, environment, urban/transport,
health, human capital, competition policy, industrial policy). You write
an economic policy-oriented research paper focusing on policy analysis,
design and/or evaluation.


One introductory lecture followed by weekly working groups (compulsory


Paper, presentation and working group participation.

Vereiste voorkennis

Foundations of Microeconomics and Foundations of Macroeconomics.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy and Structural Policy.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode E_ME_EPA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit School of Business and Economics
Vakcoördinator dr. W. Zant
Examinator dr. W. Zant
Docenten dr. W. Zant

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