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ECO1003 : Topics in Applied Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Melanie Parravano Baro
  • Demonstrator: Dr Diemo Dietrich
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop in students an appreciation of the usefulness of basic economic principles in a variety of applied contexts.
To deepen students’ understanding of economic theories by applying them to questions of current interest.
To develop in students an understanding of current economic issues, how economists approach them, and what options policy makers have to deal with them.

Outline Of Syllabus

Applications of economic theories with an emphasis on rational choice and with a preference for topics of current economic/political relevance. The course also contains an introduction to professional ethics in economics, both in terms of research ethics as well as ethical behaviour when giving policy advice etc. Topics for the applications will be drawn from various subfields such as:
• Demographic Change and fertility
• Labour Markets & Human Capital, education
• Industrial Structure, Productivity and Trade
• Competition and Control
• Globalisation; inward and outward UK foreign direct investment
• Nationalisation, Privatisation and Regulation
• Taxation, Government Spending and Borrowing
• The Welfare State and Redistribution Policy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Ongoing preparation and revision
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ECO1018Economic Applications
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are intended to provide a broad overview of the main features of the topics. They will also be used to demonstrate how to approach applied problems using economic theory. Seminars allow students to apply these techniques thus practising their problem-solving and analytical skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MSeminar questions provided
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam to test breadth and depth of understanding under pressure and ability to communicate economics.

Reading Lists