• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Fiona Yap
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    See Future Offerings

For 2020 the in-class dates are Mar 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

In this course, the emphasis is on how economics matters for policy analysis. Thus, measures of economic performance, and fiscal, monetarist, and trade policies matter primarily in how these are applied across countries. A big component of this course is to understand how government policies may work, so that economic understanding serves this primary purpose. We will examine policy instruments such as exchange rates, interest rates, international debt, budget deficit, and trade deficit, to understand their composition and effects on domestic economy, employment, investment, development, and international trade, the promises they provide, the problems they pose, and what needs to be considered in conjunction with these instruments. Once we have achieved these basics, we will apply our understanding into analyzing how and why government acts and evaluate the effects of such actions across countries, including the US, Asia, and Latin America.

The course covers five general topics:
• General economic indicators: definitions, advantages and drawbacks
• Fiscal policies: multiplier and demand side policies
• Complications for fiscal policies: supply side considerations, crowding-out
• Money and monetarist policies: money supply and money multiplier
• Complications for monetarist policies: budget deficits and debt

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POGO8081 or POGO8064 or POGO8016 or POGO8019. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.


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

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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1619 06 Mar 2020 13 Mar 2020 20 Mar 2020 30 Apr 2020 In Person View

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