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Economic Analysis and Communication

  • Teacher(s):   O.Strimbu  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2020-2021, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Economics



The economic analysis has made considerable progress during the last 50 years. New theories were developed based on game theory, behaviour sciences or, simply, new ideas such as asymmetric information. New and powerful empirical methods were also established in order to test these theories. Swiftly, somehow unexpected areas of research and policy advice have opened up for economists: immigration, conflicts, corruption, health economics, urban economics, etc. However, from a communication point of view, economists keep a tendency of staying enclosed in their own academic and policy bubbles. In time of need (recessions, macroeconomic or industry shocks), a few stars like Paul Krugman or Thomas Piketty explain the inner workings of the system, but rarely an economist is invited on debates about efficiency of aid, the occurrence of crimes or the relevance of urban policies.

The goal of this course is to modestly and marginally try to change this mindset. The future generations of economists should be at ease to use the old and new communication tools to present and convince the concerned public about the relevance of our theories, empirical methods and solutions.


At this level (let’s make it clear, we are all economists and not communication experts), communication is rather an art than a precise science. This is why the main focus of the course will be practicing different communications channels, from the classical essay writing to the new blogging or social media influencing. The students will be asked to present a communication project on an economic theme chosen in agreement with the professor. Several additional assignments will be given outside the main project. Economists who have significant experience in using precise communication tools or formats, like the TV/radio interviews, will be invited to give short lectures and insight on their practice.

Given the sanitary situation, this course will be given online. This is a challenge but also an opportunity for this type of lecture. It is very important to closely follow the Moodle website of the course and to show up for the zoom meetings.


This course is intended to 2nd year Master students.


First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

There will be no formal written examination. The final grade will be composed of:

60% - the preparation and presentation of your communication project

20% - the additional assignments

20% - the class participation


Written 3h00 hours
Not allowed
Not allowed

Written 3 hours examination.

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