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Course Description:

Core II: Economics for Public Policy

Public policy leaders frequently interact with professional economists. This module aims to prepare you for this interaction by developing the skills necessary to become a critical consumer of economic thinking.  Weeks 1 to 3 cover foundational material.  The first week introduces the ‘economic approach’ and considers the range of policy issues to which it can usefully be applied.  The second and third weeks explore economists’ preoccupation with markets, asking what markets can achieve, and why they sometimes fail. Weeks 4 to 8 turn to the process of policy formulation (the finance, design, choice, and implementation of policy). The fourth week considers the challenges of financing policy via taxation and/or debt.  The fifth and six weeks focus on design, illustrating with policy responses in education, healthcare, and welfare services.  The seventh week asks how public policy leaders should choose between competing project designs.  Finally, the eighth week examines the political obstacles that can hinder implementation, together with solutions suggested by the economic literature on institutions. 

Faculty: Blavatnik School of Government

Source: http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/study/mpp/mpp-modules 

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

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 Decision Sciences for Public Management

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 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

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 Human Resources Management

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 Leadership for Public Management

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Page created by: Ben Eisen, last updated 18 March 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

 


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