6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit
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- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
Models of decision making in the collective setting, utilising a number of tools, some of which will be familiar microeconomic ones. Economic approaches to collective decision environments, including 'new welfare economics', the 'Chicago' and 'Virginia' schools. Whenever possible, Australian policies will be examined in light of theory.
The learning goals associated with this unit are to:
- understand the issues and analysis of collective decisions
- become more discriminating observers of the political and policy environment
- be able to review market failures and consider the potential for solving these failures in the collective or political setting
- be able to examine problems of free-riding, incentives to vote, interest group influence, bureaucratic behaviour and constitutional frameworks
- understand the economist's role in the process of formulating public policy.
Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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