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

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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