Microeconomics of Public Policy

This two day course will provide a selective, up-to-date review of analytical methods in microeconomics for the study of the public sector. It will review some of the principles underlying the role of the state and the design of the tax system and explore the problems that arise in applying these principles. Delegates will be provided with an introduction to recent relevant developments in public economics, including behavioural public economics, drawing on current research.


Course Outline

Day 1

09:30 The role of the state and public choice - Part a: Efficiency and the role of the state

11:00 Break

11:15 Part b: Public Choice

12:45 Lunch

13:15 Optimal taxes and tax evasion - Part a: Optimal taxes

14:45 Break

15:00 Part b: Tax evasion

16:30 Review and end


Day 2

09:30 Work and saving - Part a: Work decisions

11:15 Break

11:30 Part b: Saving decisions

13:00 Lunch

13:30 Lecture 4: Investment - Part a: Domestic issues

15:00 Break

15:15 Part b: International issues

16:30 Review and end

For further information, or to register interest in future dates, please contact us.

Course Summary: 

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Price: £650 + VAT
  • Dates: Please contact us
  • Code: MPP

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Delegate feedback


speach-markI found this course an excellent refresher. It also brought me up to date on more recent developments.


speach-markThe tutor was excellent. Was very knowledgeable of economics of public sector.


speach-markI thought the course was pitched really well. The tutor got straight to the economics – other courses I have been on were much slower.


speach-markThis was a very good course, well pitched to audience, topics all relevant and interesting. Well presented, the tutor obviously knew his stuff and was very friendly and approachable.


speach-markThe tutor explained concepts intuitively and drew on practical applications / empirical work throughout.