Monday 11 December 2017

Leaving Cert Economics: Papers judged to be fair with lots of relevant topics

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

LEAVING Certificate Economics candidates were treated to bang-up-to-date papers today.

At higher level the issues covered included the household charge, emigration and the reintroduction of third-level fees.

Brid Gleeson of the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI) and Cashel Community School, Co Tipperary, described it as a “very fair paper”, and with very good balance between “micro” and “macro” economics topics.

She said students were glad to see the return of long questions on both elasticity and international trade, neither of which had appeared for a few years.

However the appearance of economists in two separate questions may have caused surprise, she said.

Normally, students are quizzed on only one economist, but this year Question 5 (c ) featured Thomas Malthus’ theory on population, while Question 8 (c )was concerned with John Maynard Keynes.

Ms Gleeson said students were also glad that the market structure question was about “perfect competition”, always a popular option.

Ordinary level students were just as happy with their “very straightforward and topical” paper, said Ms Gleeson.

Questions on the paper included issues such as the demand for math tickets for Euro 2012, and any two effects that Government austerity measures may have on Irish citizens.

* Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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