ECON5517 Public Finance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit aims to help students understand the facts and characteristics of taxation and revenue mobilisation for governments. Students should also understand economic and political incentives and constraints that shape these characteristics, as well as consequences of taxation on efficiency, equity and state capacity.
Students are able to (1) understand the facts and characteristics of taxation and revenue mobilisation in developing countries, as well as the underlying incentives and constraints that shape these characteristics; (2) to apply core knowledge, skills and theory to typical problems in taxation and revenue mobilisation issues, particularly in developing countries and demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise written communication in a public policy context; (3) demonstrate the capability for self-directed learning and reflection, and the ability to apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from multiple sources to understand public issues and make public decisions both from the local and global perspectives; and (4) demonstrate competencies to work more effectively in teams.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) minor essay; (2) major essay; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor David Gilchrist
Unit rules
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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