ECON 205
Public Economics Fall 2023
Division II

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This course examines the role of the government in the economy. We consider three broad issues: When should governments intervene in the economy? What is the most effective form of intervention? What effects do government policies have on incentives and behavior? In addition to a theoretical perspective, we will discuss 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.
The Class: Format: seminar; Lecture / discussion format.
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1768
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, short writing assignments, participation in discussion and activities, midterm exam, and final exam
Prerequisites: ECON 110
Enrollment Preferences: Prospective economics and political economy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
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