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About the Course

Economic policy affects every citizen. And economic policymaking is best done as a collaborative process with a wide range of stakeholders. This course brings an understanding of the relevance and impacts of economic policymaking in everyday life, and the ways for citizens to be involved in shaping economic policy, in an accessible and interesting manner. Taught by Dr. Vijay Kelkar and Dr. Ajay Shah, along with Aromar Revi, Director, IIHS, the course synthesises more than one hundred years of their combined experience as professional economists and public intellectuals. This course can be covered across 5 weeks with 3-5 hours of learning per week. To get the best out of the course, learners are encouraged to view all the video lectures and conversations, go through other learning material, work on all the assignments and assessments, and participate in discussions in a constructive and respectful manner. By the end of this course, you will be able to: ~ Identify the role of the government in defining and implementing policy ~ Recognise the various objective aspects of policymaking, and appreciate the various softer / people aspects involved ~ Analyse the steps involved in the process of policymaking, and discuss various nuances and challenges in defining and implementing it Each citizen plays an important role in shaping our Republic. This course enables citizens, public servants and learners to understand the implications of various aspects of governing a Republic. If you are a student of economics, public policy, law, political science, and/or management, this course will explain the process of economic policy-making and inform you about the complex systems involved in its creation and implementation. If you are a public servant in Indian Civil Services involved in public finance and economics, this course will help you gain deeper insights into topics and practices surrounding the design of economic public policy. UPSC aspirants will likewise benefit from the insights and by participating in the discussions the course offers. Employees and leaders in the private sector who will benefit from having a more nuanced understanding of economic policy and development will also find this course very educational and informative. We look forward to having you on the course!...

Top reviews


Jan 10, 2023

Exceptional course for an introduction to policy studies in the Indian context. Excellent lectures with ample supplementary materials; thoroughly enjoyed!


Mar 21, 2023

Thank you very much lecturer for very useful knowledge with delivery that is easy to understand and very realistic in real life.

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By Jayadeva H

Jul 28, 2022

It is a well defined course and provided lots of insights regarding Economic Policy making.

By Christian L P

Sep 18, 2022

The course is very informative and insightful enough to be both educational and inquisitive for a broad subject such as public policy. I'd like to thank Mr. Revi, Dr. Kelkarm, Dr. Shah, the production and research teams for the incredible effort they have put in this course to be interactive enough. Studying public policy is challenging enough and to have realized that a dedicated team is behind this is a journey worth cherishing. Thank you and God Bless!

By Manu S

Oct 20, 2022

BothKelkar and Shah are passionate and knowledgeable practitioners with extensive experience in public policy. A lot to learn from them and this course provides an opportunity to understand the principles of the art and science of public policy.

By Nilanjan D

Oct 27, 2022

The course complements the best selling book by Shah and Kelkar - " In Service of the Republic". An insightful and yet thoroughly enjoyable course on the basics of public policy-making with some great examples.

By Urmila R

Aug 16, 2022

I found the course extremely well organized and well conducted by knowledgeable and erudite faculty. It provides an excellent and organized overview of Public Policy and examples in the Indian Context.

By Vinayakan S

Jun 10, 2023

I enjoyed the course “The Art and Science of Economic Policy” by Indian Institute for Human Settlements. It taught me the basics and nuances of economic policymaking and its impacts on everyday life. The instructors were eminent economists and public policy experts who shared their insights and stories. The course was well-designed, engaging, and interactive. I learned a lot and I recommend it to anyone interested in economic policy. 

By Oghenetega E

Oct 27, 2023

Really really great course! Wasn’t the course I initially planned to take when I logged on to coursera, but I got hooked from the first teachings and just finished it in about 2 weeks! Learnt a whole lot! Now I’d be taking other courses on coursera on Policy making. Really loved this course!

By Krishnendu J 2

Jan 11, 2023

Exceptional course for an introduction to policy studies in the Indian context. Excellent lectures with ample supplementary materials; thoroughly enjoyed!

By RintA r

Mar 22, 2023

Thank you very much lecturer for very useful knowledge with delivery that is easy to understand and very realistic in real life.

By Shivani S

Jan 13, 2023

The best course to study fundamentals and science of Economic policy.

The tutors are great.


By Anoop G

Feb 7, 2023

Very good curtain raiser kind of a course!! Gets you thinking on this important subject

By Banda N

Oct 15, 2023

Good Starting point for Life-long journey in the study of Public & Economic Policy

By ines p b

Jun 6, 2023

Very interesting course with diferent vision about economic policy.

By Mayank L

Jul 20, 2023

great beginner course for any public policy enthusiast

By Robert K

Apr 6, 2023

Brilliant Brilliant, wish it was longer

By Pravin V

Dec 6, 2023

Very thought provoking! And profound.


Jan 14, 2023

New insights into policymaking

By Prakhar J

Jul 21, 2023

Great Course


Sep 4, 2022

than you

By Karan G

Feb 25, 2024

This is a very interesting course for a weekend, however it does not go into broad detail nor does it introduce policy making properly to the learners. It makes broad sweeping claims and generalizes various arguments. A more detailed course would have been more beneficial for student. It however does cover the principals behind making policies quite well.

By Dipankar C

Oct 2, 2023

The instructors are highly accomplished public policy teachers and it was a pleasure to hear their thoughts. The course design can be better. The topics were incoherent and more often than not, the instructors were sharing their opinions rather than a framework to allow the learner to develop their own mental landscape on the topics. Highly valuable exposure but can be made much more structured.

By Gokul P

Nov 14, 2022

Extremely boring and not worth it

By Chandrima D

Oct 20, 2023

poorly argued, should be called "A course on libertarianism without any proof"