• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Applied Economics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course introduces students to economic principles and frameworks necessary for effective policy analysis. Students apply these principles and frameworks across different stages in the policy process. The course is applied and taught using case studies and contemporary policy examples.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary economic role of governments in society
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key economic principles needed for effective policy analysis
  3. Apply key economic principles to real-world policy examples
  4. Present well-researched, clearly written and cogently developed analysis of economic issues during the policy process

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short answer questions (45) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Essay (45) [LO 3,4]
  3. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Policy.

Prescribed Texts

This course will be taught using journal articles, book chapters and case study examples. For details see the Class Summary.

Preliminary Reading

Pindyck, R. S., & Rubinfeld, D. L. (2012). Microeconomics: International Edition.

Miller, R. L., Benjamin, D. K., & North, D. C. (2003). The economics of public issues. Addison-Wesley.

Hirshleifer, J., Glazer, A., & Hirshleifer, D. (2005). Price theory and applications: decisions, markets, and information. Cambridge University Press.

Tanzi, V. (2011). Government versus markets: The changing economic role of the state. Cambridge University Press.

Mazzucato, M. (2015). The entrepreneurial state: Debunking public vs. private sector myths (Vol. 1). Anthem Press.

Howlett, M., & Mukherjee, I. (Eds.). (2018). Routledge handbook of policy design. Routledge.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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