Economics for non-economists

If, in the work of your organisation, the language and ideas of the economist – e.g. discount rates and constant prices, economic rent, opportunity cost and competitive markets and externalities – leave you confused and frustrated, Economics for non-economists is the workshop for you.

Economics is a discipline at the centre of public policy. At its heart is the notion that goods and services are provided under conditions of constraint. Good governments always consider the economics of a particular issue and their analysis is not just confined to budgets, numbers and accounting. If you understand and apply economics, you deal yourself and your organisation a very powerful hand.

Workshop summary


After attending Economics for non-economists, participants will be able to:

  • apply economic insights when solving complex policy problems
  • present policy and program proposals more effectively and coherently
  • reduce organisational and operational risk
  • increase buy-in from external agencies and stakeholders.

Target audience

  • Officers from a non-economic background or those who have had a limited exposure to economic concepts and ideas in their work


  • Face-to-face, two-day workshop
  • Alternatively, this workshop can be delivered as 4 3-hour virtual sessions

Pre-workshop preparation

  • All participants read selected articles and discuss with colleagues and managers before attending the workshop.

Post-workshop resources and support

  • All participants receive a set of customised workshop materials – workbook and resources.
  • All participants complete a post-workshop action plan that will assist them to put learned techniques into practices.
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