Who should attend
This course is designed for individuals at any level of their career who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of basic economics and its usefulness and application to policy issues. The course is designed for those with no economics background.
About the course
Course participants will develop an understanding of the key insights from economics and how they can be applied in policy and government settings. The economic approach to understanding decision-making will be examined in detail with special attention paid to key concepts such as: opportunity cost; incentives; trade-offs; markets and market failure. A key aspect of the course is developing a framework to think about how to blend markets with government to achieve the best outcomes for society
Microeconomics analyses the behaviour of individual consumers, households and firms. It provides a framework for understanding decision-making by all of these agents in the economy. It examines motivations, incentives and decision-making processes. While its direct relevance to businesses is well understood, the insights and solutions that can be gained from microeconomics are equally important for the public sector. Successful policy design and implementation is greatly facilitated by a solid understanding of the responses and reactions of those influenced by policy.
This course takes you through basic concepts of microeconomics, including trade-offs, opportunity cost, supply and demand, taxes and subsidies, public goods, externalities and market failure. Competition, monopolies and regulation will also be examined. The course uses case studies, and competing viewpoints will be explored.
If you have ever wondered what economists really mean when they talk about key microeconomic concepts, this course is for you.
This course is paired with a beginner’s course in macroeconomics. Because they are inter-related, it is recommended you attend both courses.
- Key insights and introduction to the economic way of thinking
- Markets and prices: demand, supply and elasticities
- Government intervention: price controls
- Government intervention: taxes
- Government intervention: market failure, externalities and public goods
- Summary: role of government
Students will learn:
- Key insights from microeconomics
- Supply and demand
- The role of markets and the importance of prices
- Market failure and policy responses
- The application of key insights to government and policy-making
We finish the day by drawing it all together to think about how to blend the role of government with markets.
Paul Burke is an economist focusing on energy, the environment, transport, and developing countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific. Paul has published in journals including American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Economic Inquiry, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, and Global Enviro...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
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