Public University of Navarre

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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: Economía

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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


General proficiencies

Not applicable.


Specific proficiencies

Not applicable.


Learning outcomes

RA02: Analyze economic institutions as the result and application of theoretical or formal representations of how the economy works.

RA03: Explain the functions of economic agents and the role of institutions in economic and social activity at its different territorial levels (from local institutions to international organizations).

RA04: Identify the main instruments of public intervention and relate policy recommendations to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

RA06: Identify and anticipate relevant economic problems related to resource allocation in general, both in the private and public spheres.

RA07: Understand the relationship between verbal, graphical, mathematical, and econometric analysis in the study of economics.

RA09: Identify and recognize relevant sources of economic information and their content.

RA10: Derive relevant information from economic and social data that is difficult for non-professionals to recognize.

RA13: Apply rationality to the analysis and description of any aspect of economic reality.

RA14: Evaluate the consequences of different action alternatives and select the best ones given the objectives.

RA17: Prepare reports and convey ideas on any economic matter, clearly and coherently, to both specialized and non-specialized audiences.


RA18: Work in a team, being able to argue their proposals and validate or reasonably refuse the arguments of others.

RA19: Organize work, in terms of good time management, order, and planning.

RA20: Select and generate the necessary information for each problem, analyze it, and make decisions based on it.

RA21: Value ethical, social, and environmental commitment in professional practice.

RA22: Continue learning in the future independently, deepening the knowledge acquired or starting in new areas of knowledge.



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 Hours Attendance
A1. Theoretical classes 37 100
A2. Practical classes 20 100
A3. Reading articles and homework 40 0
A4. Tutorial classes 08 0
A5. Personal study 42 0
A6. Exams 03 100
TOTAL 150  




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
All Final Exam 60 Yes 3
All Practice activities, presentations, other homework 40 Yes*  

* In the final exam






  • Section 1: Introduction to applied economics.
    •  1) Production, income,  GDP and basic macromagnitudes
    •  2) Magnitudes in current prices, prices indexes and indicators of volume
    •  3) Balance of payments
  • Section 2: World Economy
    • 4) Underdevelopment
    • 5) Economy and the environment
    • 6) Economy and population: natality, mortality and migrations



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.
  • Eurostat-European Commission (2013): European System of Accounts- ESA 2010. Luxemburgo.
  • Alonso, J.A. (Coord.) (2021): Lecciones sobre economía mundial: introducción al desarrollo y a las relaciones económicas internacionales, 10ª edición. Thomson Reuters-Civitas. Cizur Menor.
  • Muñoz, C., Iráizoz, B., Rapún, M. (2020): Introducción a la economía aplicada. Magnitudes y cuentas económicas. 6ª 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.) (2017): Lecciones de economía española. 13ª 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.