ECON4405 Public Economics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Philosophy, Politics and Economics [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
  • Honours option in Economics [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
Content
This unit develops the advanced economic analysis needed to justify and evaluate public policies. The unit offers both theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to understand a wide range of issues in public economics, including public goods, externality, asymmetric information, tax incidence, tax evasion, efficiency and equity of taxation, optimal taxation, income inequality, social security and pension, intergovernmental fiscal relations, application of big data and machine learning to public policies.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the key issues in public economic policies; (2) identify the theory needed to analyse these issues and then learn how to conduct analysis using relevant economics models and empirical methods; (3) write both descriptive and analytical reports on the key issues facing public economic policies; and (4) debate over the key issues facing public economic policies with proper concepts, analytical framework, and empirical facts.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) discussion and presentation; (2) essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Shawn Chen
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or enrolment in the Master of Economics (42620).
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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