Economic Policy and Principles

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic Policy and Principles

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    None for study options 1 or 2;
    For study option 3, successful completion of a course of introductory microeconomics is

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    In this module, students are introduced to the techniques of model building and
    analytical reasoning used in microeconomics. Some of these techniques are then used as
    an input into the analysis of economics at the macroeconomic level. In the early phase of
    the module, students are taught about microeconomic models and explore the
    application of these models, to current economic issues. Whilst, in the later phase,
    students learn about the main macroeconomic aggregates, the basic model of aggregate
    demand and supply and the importance of the time horizon in macroeconomics.

    Topics covered include:
    ? The comparative statics of market analysis, shifts in demand and supply,
    elasticities, revenues and expenditures. Taxation and subsidies. Price
    controls and non-clearing markets.
    ? Applications to agricultural support systems and minimum wage laws.
    ? Consumer behaviour
    ? Costs and outputs
    ? Market structure
    ? Factor markets and the theory of derived demand. The determination of
    factor incomes in competitive and monopsony markets. Applications to
    job subsidies and social security taxes.
    ? Macroeconomic variables and macroeconomic activity
    ? Saving, investment and the financial system
    ? Unemployment
    ? The monetary system
    ? Money, growth and inflation
    ? Open economy macroeconomics
    ? Aggregate demand and aggregate supply
    ? The influence of fiscal and monetary policy on aggregate demand
    ? Unemployment vs inflation

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? A 'seminar portfolio' of two submitted problem sets
    ? 2 hour Exam
    Alternative assessment (tbc)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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