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EC981 - Topics in Public Finance

  • Module code: EC981
  • Module name: Topics in Public Finance
  • Department: Economics
  • Credit: 18

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module applies methodology learnt in core modules to application in the fields of Political Economy and Public Economics. This course is concerned with understanding the role of government in the economy through taxation and expenditure. This course will cover both the classic topics in this area, such as the provision of public goods, externalities and the design of taxation, as well more modern themes. First, we will look at the political economy approach to public finance, which stresses that governments are not benevolent dictators, but take decisions via a political process, and thus may themselves take inefficient decisions. Second, due to globalization, the international dimension in government decision-making is becoming more important, especially on the tax side, with issues of mobile tax bases and tax competition and yardstick competition.

Principal learning outcomes

Be able to understand basic microeconomic and game theory tools and be able to understand their applications in public economics settings; Be kept abreast of latest developments in the area and tools for analysis so as to be able to understand theoretical and empirical applications and policy implication.

Timetabled teaching activities

Two-hour weekly lectures

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
18 CATS (Module code: EC981-18)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Examination - May 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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