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LAWS6984: Economics of Tax Policy

2022 unit information

The objective of the unit is to provide an understanding of the modern economics approach to the analysis of tax policy. The unit defines the role of taxation within the framework of welfare economics and examines the social and economic effects of reforms drawing on available empirical evidence. Particular attention is given to the evaluation of current policies and proposed reforms in terms of distributional outcomes and efficiency costs due to disincentive effects on labour supply, saving and investment. Topics covered include: taxation of labour income, consumption and capital income, family income taxation, alternative approaches to the taxation of emission, and the taxation of resource rents.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6984
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS6257 or LAWS3447 or LAWS5147
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Develop capacity to think logically in the analysis of tax policy
  • LO2. Develop ability to read and understand evidence
  • LO3. Develop a knowledge and understanding of modern tax theory
  • LO4. Develop a capacity to apply modern tax theory and draw on econometric evidence in the analysis and design of tax policy

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive October 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive October 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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