- Class Number 9543
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Robert Breunig
- Prof Robert Breunig
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
- Matt Taylor
This course presents a systematic way of thinking about economic principles and the role of government. The course will ensure participants understand the nature and role of markets. Governments interact with the economy in general and markets at all levels, ranging from market design to hybrid public-private programs, from policies designed to provide incentives or disincentives to market and other behaviours, to incorporating behavioural and economic principles in government itself. The course will identify the economy and how we measure it. It will frame public budgeting for the financing of government through taxation, borrowing and other means and will introduce concepts of deficit and government debt, fiscal austerity, economic stimulus and other fiscal policy approaches.
The course will provide a framework for understanding the strengths and limits of markets as a form of social organization and for identifying the precise nature of market failure, the objectives of public policy and forms of government intervention, for example by regulation, expenditures, service provision, redistribution and taxation. Participants will examine the efficiency of resource allocation in the economy as a whole and at the micro level in decision making by individuals, firms and government actors. The idea of the efficiency of resource allocation will be emphasised and developed by providing concrete examples and applications.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
• Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the role of governments and markets and economic principles including the key debates in Australia and a global context
• Evaluate key concepts of the economy including measurement, national income, growth
• Critically analyse core monetary institutions, the concept of money and monetary policy
• Describe the budget and government fiscal framework and to evaluate fiscal policy settings in complex economic environments including fiscal policy instruments and constraints
• Demonstrate understanding of an introduction to tax and welfare policy and public goods
Examination Material or equipment
To be provided.
Principles of Economics
Author: Gans, J., S. King, R. Stonecash, M. Byford, J. Libich and N. G. Mankiw
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Availability: Coop Book Store
Notes: Weekly study questions will be assigned out of this textbook. It is the student's responsibility to obtain and answer the correct question from the seventh edition of the textbook.
Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology
Author: Mark Fabian and Robert Breunig
Availability: To be provided to students
Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
Author Thomas Sowell
Availability: To be provided to students
To be provided on Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1a: Well being and motivation Week 1b: Fairness Week 1c: Incentives||Sowell (2004); pp. 8-13 & 39-48|
|2||Week 2: Prices||Chapters 4-6, 8 of PoE*; Sowell (2004) pp. 1-7 *Principles of Economics--see required resources|
|3||Week 3: Trade||Chapters 3 and 9 of PoE; Sowell (2004) pp. 28-31 & 33-36|
|4||Week 4a: Hybrid Public Policy Week 4b: When, why and how to intervene in the market Week 4c: Externalities and Public Goods||Chapters 1 of Hybrids^; Barr (1992); Sowell (2004), pp. 24-27; Chapters 10 and 11 of PoE ^Hybrid Public Policy--see required resources|
|5||Week 5: Useful tools for economic policy-makers: (a) modern microeconomics; (b) evidence and evaluation||Chapter 23 of PoE; Chapter 5 of Hybrids; Leigh (2009); Chapter 2 of World Bank (2010); Barr (1992)|
|6||Week 6: Education||Chapters 7 and 8 of Hybrids; Jacob and Ludwig (2009)|
|7||Week 7: Social Insurance I||Barr (1992); Chapter 13 of Hybrids & TBD|
|8||Week 8: Social Insurance II||Barr (1992); Chapter 13 of Hybrids & TBD|
|9||Week 9a: Labour markets Week 9b: Gender and economics||Chapters 19, 20 and 28 of PoE; Chapter 9 of Hybrids; Sowell (2004) [labour is discussed in multiple sections]|
|10||Week 10a: Health Week 10b: Family policy||Chapter 12 of Hybrids; Part VI of Barr (1992); Podger (2015) pp. 4-15 & TBD|
|11||Week 11: Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply and Fluctuations||Chapters 33 and 34 of PoE & TBD|
|12||Week 12: Monetary and Fiscal Policy||Chapters 29 and 34 of PoE & TBD|
Tutorials will be held online and there is no registration required.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment|
|Weekly study questions||20 %||*||*|
|Short quizzes||6 %||*||*|
|Long quizzes||24 %||*||*|
|Final examination||20 %||*||*|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is a final examination.
Assessment Task 1
Weekly study questions
Due every Friday, 12:00 noon from 31 July.
Further instructions to be provided on Wattle.
Marks and a pre-recorded tutorial with worked answers will be provided by 5 pm the following Tuesday. Feedback will be provided in live tutorial sessions.
Assessment Task 2
Three short quizzes to be given during the semester, the first quiz will be given in week one; the second quiz will be given in week give; the third quiz will be given sometime in the final three weeks. Quizzes will be completed on line and the exact timing of the quizzes will be announced on Wattle at least one week in advance.
Short quiz one: 28/07/2020
Short quiz two: 25/08/2020
Short quiz three: TBD
Assessment Task 3
Three long quizzes to be given during the semester, the first quiz will be given in week three; the second quiz will be given in week seven; the third quiz will be given in the week of 2 November. Quizzes will be completed on line and the exact timing of the quizzes will be announced on Wattle at least one week in advance.
Short quiz one: 11/08/2020
Short quiz two: 22/09/2020
Short quiz three: 3/11/2020
Assessment Task 4
Instructions to be given in first week of semester.
Assessment Task 5
The final exam will be a 30 minute oral interview. Students will be asked two questions--one about a basic economic concept and one about the application of the economic toolkit to economic policy. There will also be an opportunity for the convenor to explore the student's knowledge of the material covered during the semester.
Final examination will be held during the examination period with specific dates to be scheduled in the final week of the semester.
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Prof Robert Breunig
Prof Robert Breunig