• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code PUFN-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Public Finance Specialisation
This specialisation engages students in the question of financing government and the interaction of tax, spending and fiscal policies with the market economy in an era of fiscal austerity, growing inequality and economic disruption. Students examine the policies, institutions and regulatory structures for raising public finance, and for managing public expenditures. Students will examine principles and conceptual benchmarks of public finance policy including efficiency, equity and redistribution, and administration and compliance and will learn about the politics of taxation and expenditures. They will understand the core features of budget and fiscal institutions in the executive, legislature and role of the judiciary. Particular emphasis is given to the way in which taxes and expenditures interact with, shape and are themselves affected by market, household and individual decisions in the contemporary national and global economy.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8048 Public Finance: Fiscal Policy, Globalisation and Development

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

IDEC8025 Empirical Public Finance

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting


This specialisation is available only to students undertaking the Master of Public Policy

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