Public Finance (ECOS3011)
UNIT OF STUDY
Public Finance is about the taxing and spending decisions of governments. The unit covers a wide range of public finance topics. After an introduction to welfare economics and the role of government in the economy, the unit focuses on the revenue side of the budget: tax incidence, efficient and equitable taxation, the Australian system of revenue raising, issues of tax reform and the theory and practice of public utility pricing. It then focuses on the expenditure side of the government budget: public goods, externalities, and programs aimed at redistribution. It also introduces techniques of policy evaluation.
Further unit of study information
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/fortnight
Mid-semester test (20%), assignment (30%) and 3hr Final exam (50%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
ECOS2001 or ECON2001 or ECOS2901 or ECON2901
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.