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EC981: Topics in Public Finance

  • Atisha Ghosh

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

This module is aimed to train students in both theory and applications in the field of public finance. The purpose of the module is to understand the role of the government through expenditure and taxation, as well as develop an idea on topics such as externalities and the political economy. It will expose students to frontier research on the theory behind the design of various public policies.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...analyse the impact of public policies on efficiency and equity, using both theoretical and empirical tools. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Exam, Report and Test.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...understand the applications of basic microeconomic and game theory tools in public economics settings. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Exam, Report and Test .

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...understand and interpret the recent developments of research in the field of public finance, and the implications they have for the design of public policies. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Exam .

Syllabus

The module will typically cover the following topics:

• inequality and the role of government in the economy;

• tax incidence; distortions and welfare losses;

• behavioural responses to income and business taxation;

• social insurance programmes;

• public goods.

Context

Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
Students should have completed courses in intermediate level microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (30%) + 2 hour exam (May) (70%)
Coursework Details
2 hour exam (May) (70%) , Report (20%) , Test (10%)

Report (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: No, Test (10%) - Eligible for self-certification: No, 2 hour exam (May) (70%) - Eligible for self-certification: No CATS:

Exam Timing
N/A

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