ECON4405 Public Economics
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Economics [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
- This unit develops the advanced economic analysis needed to understand and evaluate policies across a range of public policy issues. The unit has four general themes: 1) Public Economics and Social Welfare; 2) Public Choice, Collective Action and Inequality; 3) Taxing, Spending and Fiscal Federalism; and 4) Policy Cases in Public Economics. The unit will provide students with the theoretical base to enable them to critically reflect on all of four of these themes in a rigorous and scholarly manner.
- Students are able to (1) explain advanced concepts related to public economics; (2) critically question public policies and the absence thereof, keeping in mind all possible consequences on the entire population; (3) identify the roles that cost–benefit analysis and the valuation of non-market benefits and costs play in policy decisions; (4) assess the relative merits of different public policy options based on consideration of both efficiency and equity grounds; and (5) demonstrate the capability to write and speak clearly and concisely on public policy issues.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Michael McLure
- Unit rules
- Enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
enrolment in the Master of Economics (42620).
- Contact hours
- lectures/Practical Classes/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.