Public Economics - ECON5530

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon checkmark-circle


The module focuses on the role of the government in the economy. It uses the tools of microeconomics and empirical analysis to study the impact of government policies on individual behaviour and the distribution of resources in the economy. The module explores the economic arguments for and against government intervention in the economy, also introducing insights from behavioural economics into the analysis and design of public policies.


Contact hours

Private study: 134 hours
Contact Hours: 16 hours
Total: 150 hours


This is an elective module for all Single and Joint Honours Degree courses in Economics.

The module is NOT available to students across other degree courses in the University

Method of assessment

Essay (1250 words) (20%)
Examination, 2 hours (80%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% exam

*Exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Critically evaluate the desirability and the consequences of governmental policies in terms of efficient resource allocation
2 Discuss critically key issues in public economics and the problems associated with collective decision making
3 Demonstrate critical understanding of the theory of collective decision making and its implications
4 Demonstrate awareness across a range of policy issues and relevant analytical tools


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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