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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 empirical and theoretical applications in the field of public finance. The main goal is to understand the role of government in the economy through taxation and expenditure. The module will introduce students to frontier research that has immediate practical relevance to the design of public policies such as income and business taxation, social insurance programmes, inequality and the provision of public goods.

Principal learning outcomes

Student will learn to analyse the impact of public policies on efficiency and equity, using both theoretical and empirical tools. They will also acquire the ability to understand and interpret the recent developments of research in the field of public finance, and the implications for the design of public policies.

Timetabled teaching activities

18 Lecture hours.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
18 CATS (Module code: EC981-18)
D (Assessed/examined work) Problem Set 1 10%
  Problem Set 2 10%
  2 hour examination (May) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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