Economics of Public Policy

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economics of Public Policy

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in EC247

    Students wishing to enroll in this course must have completed an introductory course in economics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course is designed to serve three interrelated goals. It provides the analytical foundations for an exploration of the appropriate balance between private and public provision in modern democratic economies. This requires prior examination of models of efficient allocation followed by an exploration of the economic rationale for government intervention. Theories of public production and bureaucracy are part of this exploration. Second, it examines the trade off between efficiency and equity in the formulation and
    implementation of public policy. This requires consideration of theories of social justice and their application to real world decision-making in the modern welfare state. Finally, the course examines the practice of public policy, including an analysis of selected public expenditure programmes, preceded by a presentation of the theoretical foundations of cost benefit analysis.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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