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EC4421   Political Economy

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: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed.

The main goal of Political Economy is to reach a better understanding of how institutions shape policy outcomes. Standard microeconomic and game theoretical concepts are used to model the behaviour of voters and politicians, and study their interactions under different institutions. The module will cover some of the most important models in this field, providing empirical applications when relevant.

Relationship to other modules

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

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 13 weeks).

Assessment pattern

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

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


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