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ECON6010: Public Economics

Recent innovations in public economics have overturned previously accepted policy rules. This unit focuses on the modern treatment of public policies relating to taxation, pricing of public sector outputs and public investment. Emphasis is placed on how different informational capabilities and jurisdictions of the government impact on the design of policy. The areas of application in taxation include the design of efficient and equitable consumption taxes, the structure of income taxation and the appropriate mix of income and consumption taxes. In response to market failures, pricing and investment rules for public enterprises, the provision and pricing of public goods, and policy responses to externalities and information problems are covered.

Code ECON6010
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
(ECON6001 or ECON6701) and (ECON6002 or ECON6702)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply economic concepts to examine real world problems from the perspective of a policymaker and an individual
  • LO2. demonstrate problem solving skills
  • LO3. critically evaluate the assumptions and limitations of the theories and arguments presented in class
  • LO4. employ technologies effectively in gathering information from written, oral, and electronic sources
  • LO5. manage, analyse, evaluate and use information efficiently and effectively
  • LO6. develop a coherent argument and justify the conclusions reached by reference to research.