Household Sector Economics

Subject ECON90035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week of seminars and class discussions
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: ECON20002 Intermediate Microeconomics or equivalent
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides and advanced course in theory and applied research on the economics of the household sector of the economy. Topics include: new theories of household economics, household demography, the diffusion of new household technology, the input-output structure of household production and leisure activities, national accounts of household production, and household time use and expenditure data.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Explain the role of households as producers;
  • Describe the structure, organisation and management of household production;
  • Explain the construction of satellite accounts of household production and the estimation of Gross Household Product (GHP);
  • Demonstrate the macroeconomic size of the household economy in countries at different stages of development;
  • Evaluate the theoretical basis of the "new" household economics and the factors influencing the choices between paid work, unpaid work and leisure;
  • Explain the roles of technology and demography in determining changes in household productive activities;
  • Apply household expenditure and time use data to model various explanations of household production and consumption.
  • An empirical assignment totalling no more than 3000 words (40%)
  • Final research essay of no more than 5000 words (60%)
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

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