ECON 205 Fall 2014 Public Economics

This course examines the role of the government in a market economy. Three broad issues are considered: under what conditions is government intervention in the economy appropriate? When merited what is the most effective form of intervention? What effects do government policies have on incentives and behavior?After examining these questions from a theoretical perspective, the course will turn to analysis of particular government spending programs in the United States including Social Security, various types of publicly-provided insurance, spending on education, and public assistance for the poor. Finally we will study how the government raises revenue through taxation. We will discuss the principles that guide tax design and consider the effects of the tax code on behavior.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, short writing assignments, midterm and final exam
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Prerequisites: ECON 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: 1458
ECON 205 - 01 (F) LEC Public Economics Division 2: Social Studies Sara LaLumia
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Griffin 7 1458
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