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Economic Analysis and Communication

  • Enseignant(s):   O.Strimbu  
  • Titre en français: Analyse économique et communication
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre d'automne 2020-2021, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
  •  séances
  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en économie politique

 

Objectifs

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.

Contenus

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.

Pré-requis

This course is intended to 2nd year Master students.

Evaluation

1ère tentative

Examen:
Sans examen (cf. modalités)  
Evaluation:

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

Rattrapage

Examen:
Ecrit 3h00 heures
Documentation:
Non autorisée
Calculatrice:
Non autorisée
Evaluation:

Written 3 hours examination.



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