Economics (H) 2019: A nice paper with good choice

Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2019 Economics (Higher Level) by Ray O’Loughlin, Economics teacher at The Institute of Education.

Overall quite a nice paper. The even split of four micro and four macro questions would have been very well received by most students.

Section A:

There was good choice and a nice variety of questions in Section A.

Question 7 was a slightly different style of question to normal. Students had to identify which of the three figures was the government rate of GDP and which was the unemployment rate.

Section B:

In part C of Question 1 (the equilibrium question) the figures given in the introduction were not referenced in the diagram below on rent control. This might been slightly confusing for students.

The wording of part C, Question 2 was also quite complex and may have thrown some students.

Questions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were nice and straightforward.

Question 8 was very long and grouped lots of topics together.