Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2017/2018
International Double Bachelor's degree in Economics, Management and Business Administration at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 176202 Subject title: APPLIED ECONOMICS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Economics

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Module/Subject matter

Applied Economics.



The main objectives are:

1. To provide the student with the necessary knowledge to interpret the economic reality both at national and international level.

2. To offer to the student a set of tools to analyse economic variables and on the relations of the economic system.

3. To train the student in the use of economic vocabulary, used by national and international agencies that produce statistics and economic reports.

4. To familiarize the student with the statistical information that national and international organizations offer through the web. For this reason, the student will have to search and interpret conjunctural economic information present in numerous web pages, both public and private

The contents of the subject are structured in two parts:

1. Tools of economic reality analysis: the system of national accounts and the input-output tables. The concepts studied and the information used will refer to the Spanish and the EU economy.

2. Study of economic problems relevant to the world economy: economy and development, economy and environment, economy and demography, economic globalization



Key words: national accounts, balance of payments, GDP, inflation, ICP, economic development, demography, economy and enviroment


General proficiencies

CB3 - Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

CG01 - Have the ability to analyze and synthesize

CG03 - Oral and written communication in the native language

CG05 - Computer literacy related to the field of study.

CG06 - Have the ability to analyze and seek information from diverse sources.

CG09 - Have the ability to work in a team.

CG14 - Critical and self-critical capacity.

CG17 - Autonomous learning ability


Specific proficiencies

CE01 - Understand economic institutions as a result of application of theoretical or formal representations about how the economy works.

CE02 - Identify the sources of relevant economic information and its content.

CE05 - Issue advisory reports on specific economic situations (international, national or regional) or sectors thereof.

CE08 - Identify and anticipate relevant economic problems in relation to the allocation of resources


Learning outcomes

R06. National and international economic analysis, productive sectors, public sector, economic institutions and their evolution.

RA1. Outcome of the course 1. Macroeconomic analysis of a country's economy and its evolution over time

RA2. Outcome of the course 2. Use of international databases on development, population and environment, and analysis derived from them.

RA3. Outcome of the course 3. Spanish economy, world economy and economic history



The teaching methodology differentiates theoretical and practical classes, since both have different objectives. Thus, three different methods are contemplated.

  • 1. Theoretical classes: lectures, manuals, use of materials related to the subject. In these classes the student will be offered a global vision of the subject, focusing the expositions on the most complex issues. It is about giving the student a guide so that he can carry out the study of all the contents of each topic. These classes are based on schemes and presentations prepared by the teacher and made available to students through the computer support platform for teaching ("Miaulario").
  • 2. Practical classes: both practical exercises and analysis of current economic news and commentary on economic articles focused on the analysis of some of the issues raised in the theoretical classes. Exchange of materials (approaches and solutions) through "Miaulario". The student will have to use economic concepts and variables, through the analysis of real data. The application of the knowledge that has been acquired in the lectures will allow the student to understand various issues of their economic reality.
  • 3. Tutorial class

A) Attendance: individualized attention of each student in the place and time that is designated for it. Through this route, students can ask questions of a different nature: doubts, resolution of questions and practices in addition to those carried out in the classroom, extension of bibliography or material related to aspects treated in the classroom.

B) Online tutoring: the development of computer applications and the generalization of their use has provided the basis for the creation of computer platforms that are used as tools to support teaching. In this sense, the UPNA has the known as "Miaulario". This platform also allows personalized attention of the student through various tools, such as e-mail or forums.


Activity Attendance hours Additional hours (non attendance)
A1. lectures 40  
A2. Practical classes 20  
A4. Reading articles and homework   30
A4. Estudio individual   54
A6. Examz 03  
A8. Tutorial classes 03  
TOTAL 66 84



Learning result Evaluation system Weight (%)
R06, RA1, RA2, RA3 Final Exam 60
R06, RA1, RA2, RA3 Practice activities, presentations, other homework       40



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Bibliography (it may be completed with new publications):

  • François Lequiller, Derek Blades (2014): Understanding National Accounts" Second Edition. OECD.
  • Alonso, J.A. (Coord.) (2015): Lecciones sobre economía mundial: introducción al desarrollo y a las relaciones económicas internacionales, 7ª edición. Thomson Civitas. Cizur Menor. 
  • Muñoz, C., Iráizoz, B., Rapún, M. (2016): Introducción a la economía aplicada. Magnitudes y cuentas económicas. 5ª edición. Thomson Civitas. Cizur Menor
  • Bilbao, J. y Longás, J.C. (Coord.) (2009): Temas de economía mundial. Delta Publicaciones. Madrid.
  • Garcia Delgado, J.L., Myro, R. (Dir.) (2015): Lecciones de economía española. 12ª edición. Thomson Civitas. Cizur Menor.
  • Muñoz, C., Iráizoz, B., Rapún, M. (2010): Las Cuentas de la Nación II. Ejercicios.Thomson Civitas. Madrid.
  • Climate Change 2014, Synthesis Report, IPCC.
  • World Development Report, World Bank, various years
  • Human Development Report, UNDP, various years
  • The Least Development Report, UNCTAD, various years

Other Resources:

The applied character of the subject makes it very appropriate for the use of material from other sources. In this regard, we can mention some periodicals that usually include articles on subjects related to the subject: Applied Economics, Industrial Economics, Economists, Spanish Business Information, Spanish Economics Papers, Spanish Journal of Agrosocial Studies and Fisheries.

Also of interest are some annual publications of official bodies, such as the Bank of Spain.

Similarly, international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, UNCTAD, UNPD, the he Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the OECD, as well as non-governmental organizations, publish annual studies and reports on issues such as economic development, Financial flows, emigration, population, climate change, etc., which are valuable sources of information and analysis. They are usually available on the net.

Some relevant Internet addresses, where in addition to the aforementioned reports, can be obtained abundant statistical information are:






Campus de Arrosadia.