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Economic policy involves a set of regulations devised between governments and central banks. It aims to influence an economy by improving the wellbeing of individuals and society. Learn about global economic policy with courses delivered through edX.

What is economic policy?

Economic policy is a collection of measures and regulations that define the economic activities of a country or countries. It comprises many different types of policies that impact the overall function of an economy and its people. These include:

  • Fiscal policy, the collection and use of government funds collected through taxes.

  • Monetary policy, the macroeconomic decisions made by central banks as a means of achieving economic growth.

  • Trade policy, a government’s attitude toward trade with other governments or international groups.

  • Regulatory policy, the means by which a government develops the regulations that impact its economy.

  • Social welfare policy, the regulations regarding the provision of appropriate food, shelter, and resources within a society.

A country’s economic goals and priorities drive its economic policy, which may be influenced by economic conditions, political beliefs, societal ideals, and international events and relations. By studying economic policy, you can be a more informed citizen and advance your professional pursuits in a variety of fields.

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Economic policy course curriculum

There are many factors that contribute to economic policy, spanning across different disciplines and topics. With edX, you can choose courses that align with your experience and goals. 

Because policy varies by country and government, it can help to first gain foundational knowledge with beginner coursework. Learners can take classes that explore the challenges facing specific economies, the influence of government on economic growth, and the relationship between poverty and inequality. 

You may also learn about the various paths taken by different countries and understand what rules and regulations can lead to optimal national and local economic development. You can then move on to more advanced topics, such as development in emerging economies, policies in a bio-based economy, and the impact of energy sources on the global economy.

Start building the knowledge you need for a career in economic policy with edX. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree, there are many different learning formats available to fit your needs. Busy professionals can even take advantage of executive education courses tailored to those in leadership and management positions. Find the right course for you.

Explore economic policy jobs

There are many roles available to individuals who can analyze data, conduct research, provide strategic guidance, and participate in policy discussions that impact economic decision making. With knowledge of economic policy, you may be able to pursue jobs such as:

  • Data analyst: Can use economic data and other indicators to aid in policy strategy and development.Footnote 1

  • Central banker: May be responsible for advising interest rates, inflation, and other factors related to money supply.Footnote 2

  • Lobbyist: Advocates for interest groups whose influence can impact economic policy decisions.Footnote 3

  • Policy analyst: Studies the effectiveness of economic policy and advises on any changes.Footnote 4

  • Economic diplomat: Works to advance and strengthen a nation’s international economic development.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a data analytics boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in political science, finance, or another topic depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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