• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course looks at how economic outcomes can be affected by politics and the institutional structure underlying it. Topics such as heterogeneity of interests, electoral competition, partisan politics, fiscal and monetary policy, institutional design, political business cycles, politics and growth are addressed.  Students are expected to have a firm grasp of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, at least at the advanced undergraduate level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A student successfully completing this course should be able to:
• Understand key issues and questions in political economy.
• Develop some idea about how to think about and analyze situations where political and economic outcomes are intertwined.
• Understand the connection between assumptions made and the conclusions drawn.
• Appreciate the shortcomings of models and to provide alternative improvements.
• Construct logical arguments and provide politico-economic explanations consistent with the  workings of the model used.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Problem sets (40%) plus a final examination (60%).

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Workload

Two lectures per week with tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ECON2102/2112 Macroeconomics 2 (P or H) and completion or concurrent enrolment in ECON2141/2142 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

Preliminary Reading

Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini (2002), Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, paperback edition, MIT Press.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2004 $3234
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2004 $3234
2005 $3234
2006 $3288
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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