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College Catalog 2015-2016 
College Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECON 431 - Public Finance and Public Policy

This course examines government taxation and expenditures. It relies on theoretical and empirical research to explore how government affects the allocation of resources and the distribution of income. The first portion of the course considers taxation in the presence of externalities and public goods and analyzes the effect of social security, unemployment insurance, and social welfare programs on labor supply, savings, and government revenue. The second portion focuses on models to estimate the distributional burdens of taxation, theories of optimal commodity and income taxation, and incentives for investment by firms.  This course counts as a Group A elective. Prerequisite(s): ECON 361 , ECON 371 , and ECON 381   Every year. (4 Credits)