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JSGS 805  - 
Economics for Public Policy Analysis 

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School 



This course develops concepts in microeconomics (and to a limited extent, macroeconomics) that are instrumental in understanding and conducting public policy analysis. It is intended for students who have had limited prior exposure to economics. Though it is not a formal pre-requisite for JSGS 802, the latter assumes the student has successfully completed JSGS 805.


The purpose of this course is to provide an economic framework for the analysis of public policy. The course uses  ainly microeconomic concepts to examine when and how the government should intervene in the economy. Using the  starting point of policy as intervention, the course examines the circumstances under which government involvement is most likely  to be desirable. The course then moves to consider the key instruments that government uses in its intervention. In the examination of these two broad issues, the course pays particular attention to how people and firms behave and how  are likely to respond to policy instruments. The course also develops the key concepts associated with cost-benefit analysis and shows how these concepts are used in the analysis of public policy.

 Courseware Library

JSGS805_Fall2012_S.pdfJSGS805_Fall2012_SMatthew Seddon
JSGS805_Fall2012_R.pdfJSGS805_Fall2012_RMatthew Seddon

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Level Descriptor: First Year Masters 

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