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EC4420   Inequality and Redistribution

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: Tuesday 11-1pm

The module is designed to foster an understanding of economic inequality both from theoretical and practical perspectives. It mainly aims to convey how economists approach and deal with inequalities of income, wealth and consumption of inequalities of non-income variables such as health or education both between individuals and between social groups such as gender or ethnic groups. How different inequalities are assessed by international institutions such as World Bank and how relevant policies are produced in return are of main concerns of the module. The driving forces of economic inequality and its relation to other economic criteria such as growth are analysed as well from a historical global perspective.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the Economics Honours Adviser

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EC4520

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 20 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 175

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor C Ponsati Obiols
Module teaching staff: Prof. Clara Ponsati