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This micro-credential examines the experience of Papua New Guinea, by far the largest economy in the Pacific, and Australia's closest neighbour. Understanding the PNG economy is important (a) for understanding PNG (b) for strategic reasons, given PNG's importance and (c) for a good understanding of development economics, given PNG's unique economic structure and trajectory. The micro-credential takes a model-based, data-based and history-based approach to understanding PNG's economic past, present and future. It is designed to be useful both for those with an economics background, and for those without. It should be of interest to those who work or will work in PNG, but also for those with an interest in development economics.


  1. PNG's economy - an introduction
  2. Economic models for understanding PNG
  3. PNG economic time series
  4. Pre-independence PNG
  5. The early years of independence
  6. The 90s: crisis and reform
  7. PNG and the resource boom
  8. PNG today: after the boom
  9. PNG and governance
  10. PNG and economic reform

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Apply theories of economic development to PNG.
  2. Be aware of key economic debates in relation to PNG
  3. Understand PNG's economic history
  4. Be familiar with key topics of importance to the contemporary PNG economy

Indicative assessment

Research essay on an aspect of the PNG economy (1500 words) 60%; Links to LO: 1,2,3 and 4

PNG economic policy brief (1500 words) 40%; Links to LO: 1,2,3 and 4

Assumed knowledge 

Familiarity with or at least willingness to read graphs and tables important.

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA12

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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