ECON5517 Public Finance

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 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Economics or the Master of Public Policy
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
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