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Economic Analysis and Communication

  • Enseignant(s):   J.Montez  
  • Titre en français: Analyse économique et communication
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre d'automne 2021-2022, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en économie politique
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This course aims to modestly help future generations of economists to present the relevance of our theories, empirical methods, and advocate for knowledge based solutions.

The objectives are twofold: i) to challenge students to identify and apply microeconomic principles to a real world situation and ii) to help students develop key skills to more effectively communicate these principles to future employers, clients, co-worker, and other stakeholders.

Experienced economists, used to engage with different stakeholders on a variety of issues, are invited to share challenges they face in their practice, and offer potential solutions.

Given the sanitary situation, the exact format of the course needs to remain flexible.


Students are asked to develop a GROUP report on an applied microeconomics question, which is chosen by the group. Based on this report, students write a press article and give a presentation on their topic to the class. Each part should be self-contained (i.e., understood on its own).

The technical report forms the basis of the work, and develops the topic and ideas in depth. The objective of this piece is to display competence analyzing a real world problem, and communicate in depth with trained economists and stakeholders. This document should not exceed 10 pages. There must also be evidence of engaging with at least two professional stakeholders (e.g., first-hand interviews).

The report’s press article should, in 2 pages, highlight and explain the main points of the report to a general educated audience, while critically exploring alternative viewpoints. This should be in a “persuasive writing” style (similar to an article from “The Economist”). At most two selective diagrams or tables can be used. A box that succinctly explains key concepts is also admissible.

The presentation of the key findings to the class is aided by visual supports. Feedback on both will be provided.


This course is intended to 2nd year Master students. Knowledge of standard microeconomics tools.


1ère tentative

Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

There is no final exam. The grade is based on the analytical and expositional quality of the presentation and of the written documents. In addition, students are also expected to actively participate in class. The grade is composed of:

60% - technical report and its press article (1/2 for each)

30% - presentation of key findings to class

10% - participation in class activities


Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

Evaluation: Students who fail the seminar will be asked to develop and present a new subject at a retake session.

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