• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Cagri Kumru
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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There are a variety of reasons for wanting to measure the costs and benefits from policy and other changes in economic activity. Governments want to measure the impact of their policy changes on society as a whole, while private agents focus on the impact they have on their own welfare and the welfare of those they care about. In markets subject to tax and other distortions market prices are not normally reliable measures of the social valuation of goods and services. Thus, they cannot be used to evaluate the social impact of policy and other changes. Instead, we derive shadow prices of goods and services to look through market distortions and measure social valuations. When changes in economic activity are evaluated using these shadow prices they provide measures of the social impact of policy and other changes.

This course summarises the information provided by different welfare measures for single consumers and then looks at ways to aggregate them over consumers. In doing so, we examine ways to account for distributional effects in policy evaluation. Tax reform and the optimal provision of public goods are examined as applications of these shadow pricing rules.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
1. determine when a CBA may be performed in a meaningful way;
2. perform the CBA as completely as possible under relevant modelling assumptions or approximations;
3. identify the elements that may compromise the validity of the CBA such as limitations in modelling assumptions, limitations in data, and political concerns;
4. effectively communicate the results of the CBA to the relevant parties.
5. understanding the implications of tax and social security policies.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • 5 Homework Assignments (15%)
  • 1 Mid-semester Examination (20%)
  • 1 In-class Examinations (25%)
  • Final Examination (40%)

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Workload

10-12 hours per week

Prescribed Texts

Boardman. Anthony E., David H. Greenberg, Aidan R.Vining, and David L. Weimer. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts And Practice, 4th Edition (Pearson series in Economics, 2011)

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3414
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3510 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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