• 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
SELT Survey Results

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.


Learning Outcomes

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

Research-Led Teaching


Field Trips


Examination Material or equipment

To be provided.

Required Resources

Principles of Economics

Author: Gans, J., S. King, R. Stonecash, M. Byford, J. Libich and N. G. Mankiw

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Edition: Seventh

ISBN: 9780170382656

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

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351245944

Availability: To be provided to students

Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

Author Thomas Sowell

Year: 2004

Availability: To be provided to students

To be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students 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 Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

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

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be held online and there is no registration required.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment
Weekly study questions 20 % * *
Short quizzes 6 % * *
Long quizzes 24 % * *
Assignments 30 % 30/10/2020 28/11/2020
Final examination 20 % * *

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks 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

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 

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

Value: 6 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Short quizzes

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

Value: 24 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Long quizzes

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

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 30/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 


Instructions to be given in first week of semester.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Final examination

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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. No extensions will be given.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will not be returned to students. Students can view their assignment by appointment with the course convenor.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Prof Robert Breunig
02 6125 2148

Research Interests

See https://crawford.anu.edu.au/people/academic/robert-breunig

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Prof Robert Breunig
6125 2148

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Matt Taylor
6125 9215

Research Interests

Matt Taylor

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