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

This course looks at how economic outcomes can be affected by politics and the institutional structure underlying it. Topics such as heterogeneity of interests, electoral competition, partisan politics, fiscal and monetary policy, institutional design, political business cycles, politics and growth are addressed.  Students are expected to have a firm grasp of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, at least at the advanced undergraduate level.

Learning Outcomes

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

A student successfully completing this course should be able to:
• Understand key issues and questions in political economy.
• Develop some idea about how to think about and analyze situations where political and economic outcomes are intertwined.
• Understand the connection between assumptions made and the conclusions drawn.
• Appreciate the shortcomings of models and to provide alternative improvements.
• Construct logical arguments and provide politico-economic explanations consistent with the  workings of the model used.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Problem sets (40%) plus a final examination (60%).

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Workload

Two lectures per week with tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed ECON2102 (or ECON2112 or ECON2016 ) and completion or concurrent enrolment in ECON2141 (or ECON2142 or ECON3152 or ECON3153 ).

Preliminary Reading

Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini (2002), Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, paperback edition, MIT Press.

Majors

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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