ECON 205 Spring 2013 Public Economics

This course examines the role of the government in a market economy. Three broad issues are considered: when is government intervention in the economy appropriate? What is the most effective form of intervention? What effects do government policies have on individual incentives? The course will cover issues in both taxation and spending. Specific programs will be considered such as Social Security, Medicare, education, and public assistance for the poor. We will also discuss rationales and strategies for reforming the U.S. tax system.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, policy memos, midterm and final exam
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Prerequisites: Economics 110
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 3416
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ECON205-01(S) LEC Public Economics Division 2: Social Studies Sara LaLumia
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hopkins Hall 002 3416
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