- Code POGO8016
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Academic career PGRD
- Tom Westland
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
Economic way of thinking examines how people make choices under conditions of scarcity and systems of production, consumption, and distribution. It also examines the effects of government policy and actions on market outcomes. The economic way of thinking provides a decision-making framework for individuals, firms and policy-makers. This course aims to provide students with a solid understanding of basic (micro)economic principles and the ability to apply those tools and ideas. Topics include comparative advantage, consumer and firm decision-making, supply and demand, market structure, international trade, and market failure.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of "the economic way of thinking".
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of the principles of supply and demand, including consumer and firm behaviour.
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of market structure, performance and failure.
- Be able to explain the effects of different government interventions in markets.
- Present in written form arguments using both economic reasoning and actual evidence.
on campus, weekly based.
- 1. Examinable Tutorial Tests (10%) (10) [LO null]
- 2. Short Essay (25%) (25) [LO null]
- 3. Mid-Semester Exam (25% - redeemable) (25) [LO null]
- 4. Final Exam - (40% or 65%) (40) [LO null]
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The course will be delivered over 12 weeks, involving a 2-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial each week. Students will also be expected to spend a minimum of six hours per week reading the textbook, revising lecture notes and preparing for tutorials.
Principles of Economics - Joshua Gans, Stephen King, Robin Ellen Stonecash, Jan Libich, Martin Byford, N. Gregory Mankiw
Preliminary ReadingTopics and Readings:
Week 1 Thinking like an Economist: Chapters 1 and 2.
Week 2 The demand side - consumer problem; utility; rational choice: Chapter 4.
Week 3 The supply side - producer problem, cost, profit maximisation: Chapter 13.
Week 4 Opportunity Cost, Comparative Advantage and Specialization: Chapter 3.
Week 5 Supply and Demand: Chapter 7.
Week 6 Elasticity: Chapter 5.
Week 7 Market distortions - tariffs, subsidies, floors, ceilings, regulation: Chapter 6
Week 8 International Trade and Trade Policy: Chapter 9.
Week 9 Firms in competitive markets: Chapter 14.
Week 10 Monopoly: Chapter 15.
Week 11 Thinking Strategically: Game Theory and Oligopoly: Chapter 17
Week 12 Competition Policy: Chapter 18
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