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ES50142: Applied economics: policy brief

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OT100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit is currently being updated and will be added shortly.
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take ES50115
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to provide students with experience and practice of the type of writing that professional economists are most likely to have to do in their job: shorter and solution-focused policy reports that are aimed either at decision-makers (in government or the private sector) or the public. This means learning to identify and describe concisely a specfic policy problem, and applying sound and credible research in order to derive (and rank) possible solutions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1) design and write two policy briefs, and present and communicate their findings to a diverse audience through carefully designed A0-sized posters.
2) create these policy briefs by drawing on academic literature, lectures and masterclasses by subject experts, and their own original data-analysis and/or secondary data-analysis (where appropriate).
3) use techniques and skills provided throughout their degree, and especially the unit 'Applied Economics Research Methods' (ES50115).
4) design policy briefs suitable for informing government or private sector policy-makers on policy choices available to them, as well as advice on what might be the best course of action.
5) create A0-posters associated with their policy briefs suitable for explaining current issues and relevant policy responses to stakeholders and affected communities, as well as the general public.

1) Summarise objectively key findings of relevant academic research and other relevant evidence
2) Organise the source material effectively
3) Present concisely their findings and recommendations
4) Use clear language that non-specialist readers are likely to understand.

The unit is organised around a series of policy areas/challenges provided by the Department of Economics based on input from academics and research activities under the Departmental Research Themes, such as 'Innovation and Productivity', Social Determinants of Health, 'Sustainable Living', and 'Governance of Institutions and Systems'. Supervision sessions with a member of staff (who has a related research background) will provide students with guidance on how to identify relevant academic literature, conduct data-analysis (where required), interpret research findings, and on how to write an impactful policy brief.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES50142 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics