• Offered by International and Development Economics Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Robert Breunig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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In this course students engage in detailed examination of a series of case studies in applied economics research and prepare an original research paper based on a case study of their choice. Typically, the case studies discussed in group meeting will be drawn from debates in applied economics. By deconstructing the source of debate, students will develop the skills to critically assess research in applied economics. In particular, students will gain experience in understanding how differences in research methodology, modelling assumptions, statistical technique, and data can drive research findings. A significant part of the course will be devoted to students developing an original research paper, under the supervision of an academic economist.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

 1) Critically analysed a series of case studies in applied economics.

2) Learned the strengths and weaknesses of various research methodologies in applied economics.

3) Conducted original research and analysis on a case study.

4) Written a well-structured paper on the case study, in the style suitable for an academic journal.

5) Developed practical research skills in applied economics.

Indicative Assessment

30% Exam, 10% Presentations, 60% Research Project

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Approximately 8-10 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the International and Development Economics Program to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No text. A reader of journal articles will be available.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2512 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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