Postgraduate Course: Economic Issues in Public Policy (PGSP11246)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This is a course on economic issues in public policy. As such, it assumes no background in Economics or the mathematics of econometric modelling. Instead, this course focuses on how public policy decisions are constrained by economic considerations and how economic thinking can be used to evaluate policy outcomes.
The course consists of three separate, but related, sections. Firstly, students will be provided with an introduction to the economic context of public policy covering differing economic rationales and economic resources available for public policy. Section 2, will consider the relationship between governments and markets, looking at motivation in public services and attempts to introduce markets in public services, along with the impact of benefits and taxes on the operation of economic markets. In Finally, students will discuss how the growth of economic thinking within the public sector has influenced policy evaluation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Central||Lecture||Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower||1-11|| 16:10 - 17:00|
|Central||Seminar||7.18 David Hume Tower||2-11|| 10:00 - 10:50|
|Central||Seminar||LT4, 7 Bristo Square||2-11|| 10:00 - 10:50|
||Week 1, Thursday, 16:10 - 17:00, Zone: Central. Faculty Room South, DHT |
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|The course seeks to develop:
- an understanding of the place of economic and resourcing issues in public policy
- an ability to read economic literature about public policy
- an awareness of the growing use of 'markets' in the provision of public services and the political debates which have occurred around this
- an understanding of evaluation of policy in terms of efficiency and equity
- an ability to look critically at international comparative data on factors affecting public policy.
- an ability to present, communicate and debate policy relevant issues while drawing on numerical data to support a specific viewpoint
|1000 word short essay (25% of overall grade) and 3,000 word essay (75% of overall grade)|
||Economic Rationales and Resources for Policy
Week 1 Efficiency verses Equity and Economists in Government
Week 2 Economic Rationales for Public Intervention
Week 3 Issues of Measurement
Week 4 Resources for Public Intervention - Macro-aspects
Week 5 Resources for Public Intervention - Micro-aspects
Government Problems with Market Solutions
Week 6 Government Policy and Individual Incentives - Policy Takers
Week 7 Government Policy and Individual Incentives - Policy Makers
Week 8 Using Market Signals in Public Services - Choice and Quasi-Markets
Week 9 Partial Privatization - Contracting Out and PPPs
Evaluating Policy and Performance
Week 10 Measuring Performance and Efficiency in Public Policy
||Barr N. (2001) The Welfare State as Piggy Bank, Oxford: OUP.
Barr N. (2004) The Economics of the Welfare State (4th edition), Oxford: OUP.
Begg D., Fischer S. and Dornbusch R. (2003) Economics (7th edition), McGraw-Hill. (Chapters 1-3)
Davis E (1998) Public Spending, London: Penguin.
Le Grand J, Propper C and Smith S (2008) The Economics of Social Problems, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Glennerster H and Hills J (1998) The State of Welfare (2nd edition), Oxford: OUP
|Course organiser||Dr Elke Heins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4049
|Course secretary||Miss Jodie Fleming
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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