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ECOS3011 - Public Finance
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band five
Domestic Fee: $3,662
International Fee: $4,162
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Economics
Offered session(s): 2
Prerequisites: Either (ECOS2001 or ECON2001) or (ECOS2901 or ECON2901)
Prohibitions: ECON3011
Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/fortnight

Assessment: mid-semester test (20%), assignment (30%) and 3hr final exam (50%)

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.
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