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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LI Public Economics
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 08 29197
Module Lead Kimberley Scharf
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions Students on degree programmes outside economics for which this module is an option on their degree programme must also have passed Principles of Economics
Description This module provides a broad understanding of the scope of public economics. It examines the role of the public sector in the economy. It considers economic problems and policy issues in a range of key areas such as health, education and pensions. The main focus is on how economic principles can be used to explore key theoretical and practical issues in these areas and how empirical evidence can be used to evaluate them. The range of topics covered seeks to highlight current issues of government, national and international concern. The module begins by presenting the concepts of economic and social optimum in the context of different welfare theories. The theoretical framework is then used to study in some detail the reasons behind government intervention in selected markets, such as unemployment insurance, education, health and crime.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key features of welfare theories;
  • identify reasons for government intervention in selected key areas;
  • apply economic theory and tools to analyse and evaluate government intervention in these areas.
Assessment 29197-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 2 hour written examination (100%)

Reassessment: 2 hour written examination (100%)
Other Duplicate of Dubai-based module 08 30409
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