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EC993: Public Policy in Developing Countries

  • Lucie Gadenne

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

Applying methodology learnt in core MSc modules this course will:

• describe how the specificities of less developed countries (LDCs) shape both the aims and impacts of public policy

• analyze key public policies undertaken in the developing world

• introduce students to frontier research that is relevant for the design of tax policy, social insurance and redistribution programs, provision of public goods and public human resource management in LDCs.

• equip students with the empirical and theoretical tools to critically analyze key public policy issues in LDCs

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

• have gained major insights on the role of public policy and institutions in promoting development

• understand concerns and debates regarding the efficiency of governments and issues in policy implementation in LDCs

• be able to analyze, using relevant economic concepts and methods, key issues in public policy in LDCs, such as redistribution in kind vs in cash, taxation with limited state capacity, and the merits of decentralization.

Syllabus

This module will explore the role of public policy and institutions in promoting development, the concerns and debates regarding the efficiency of governments and issues in policy implementation in LDCs. It may cover but is not limited to the following topics:

• Trends in taxation and development

• Tax structure and tax evasion when compliance is weak

• Optimal taxation

• Corruption

• Public goods and externalities

• Redistribution and targeting

• Insurance

• Public sector workers and human resource management

• Decentralization

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
2-hour exam (100%)
Exam Timing
May

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 Hours.

Answer THREE questions from Section A (20 marks each) and ONE question from Section B (40 marks).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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