Master of Public Policy specialising in Economic Policy

Duration: 1-2 year full time (subject to eligibility)

Admission requirements

*A Bachelor degree or international equivalent, with at least three years' work experience in a public sector or related environment.

*Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

*Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

*Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

The Master of Public Policy (Economic Policy) specialisation provides elective units in the broad area of economic policy-making and will enable you to develop your interests in interrogating the relationships between economic analysis and democratic processes in contemporary policy-making.

The main theme running through the electives in the specialisation is how to improve government and the conduct of public policy in the light of an understanding of the way the economy works. Although some economics background is useful, electives are typically offered in non-technical economic ideas and analysis, business-government relations in the international economy, and applied policy areas such as trade, development, environment and the economic dimensions of social policy.

The specialisation builds on the Master of Public Policy’s core units, notably Economics for Government/ Economic Way of Thinking 1 and 2 as well as Government, Markets and Global Change.

For further information about the program or admission requirements please contact the program director:

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Program Director: Peter Whiteford

Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He previously worked as a Principal Administrator in the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. His work at the OECD encompassed pension and welfare policies in OECD countries, Eastern Europe and China. He also worked on child poverty, family assistance policies, welfare reform, and other aspects of social policy, particularly ways of supporting the balance between work and family life.

He has published extensively on various aspects of the Australian and New Zealand systems of income support. In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Harmer Review of the Australian pension system. He was an invited keynote speaker at the Melbourne Institute-Australia’s Future Tax and Transfer Policy Conference held in June 2009 as part of the Henry Review of Australia’s Future Tax System, and he participated in the Australian Government Tax Forum held in Canberra in October 2011.

He is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW and an Honorary Professor in the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Nanjing University, China. He is an independent member of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

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