After successfully completing this course, the student:
- understands why some graphs and figures work well while others either fail to inform actively or mislead
- can independently produce data visualizations in R according to provided standards
- can explain a policy relevant economic problem with the aid of graphs and figures
- can write and orally present a policy report about a relevant economic problem
In this course, students will learn and practice a combination of skills. They will also broaden their perspective on international economic policy issues and different institutions. The first part of the course is devoted to the practical analysis and presentation of real data, while also covering some material on the aesthetic and especially cognitive aspects of graphical perception and interpretation. For this, the programming language R will be used. In the second part of the course, students will use their economic knowledge to individually work on a policy report related to a relevant economic policy issue in e.g. their country of origin, the EU, or a historically relevant issue. The policy report will be presented and actively discussed by other students.|
NOTE: this course is only open to regular BSc Economics students!