- Class Number 5705
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On Campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Mathias Sinning
- AsPr Mathias Sinning
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course is an introduction to the economic analysis of incentives generated by tax systems and income transfer programs. The emphasis is on understanding how, and the extent to which, individuals and firms react to those policies – the central question addressed in the growing field of empirical public finance. The discussion on key design elements of those policies are expected to foster students’ understanding of important trade-offs involved in implementing government policies.
The course will cover the following topics: tax incidence, efficiency and optimal taxation, income taxation and labour supply, taxes on consumption, taxes on savings, taxes on investment and corporate taxation. Examples will be drawn from taxes and income transfer programs implemented in Australia and internationally. Particular attention will be paid to the application of quasi-experimental methods to public finance. By reading articles that apply quasi-experiments for each topic, students are expected to develop a practical understanding of issues involved in taking econometric models to the real world. Students will be exposed to varieties of estimation techniques.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand key features of major fiscal institutions and their behavioural implications.
- Analyse incentives generated by government policies.
- Formulate quasi-experimental analysis.
- Critically evaluate quasi-experimental studies.
- Understand and assess estimation results reported in journal articles.
Textbooks are not required but the following resources are recommended:
Gruber, J. (2019) Public Finance and Public Policy. Sixth edition. Macmillan Learning.
Wooldridge, J. M. (2019): Introductory Econometrics — A Modern Approach, 7th Edition.
Cunningham, S. (2021): Causal Inference: The Mixtape, Yale University Press.
Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Tax Fact Series (https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/taxpolicy-publications/tax-facts)
Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Working Paper Series (https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/publication)
Abelson, P. (2018) Public Economics: Principles and Practice. Available online at: http://www.appliedeconomics.com.au/publications/public-economics/index.htm
Australia's Future Tax System. Final Report. Available online at: http://taxreview.treasury.gov.au/content/FinalReport.aspx?doc=html/Publications/Papers/Final_Report_Part_1/index.htm
Tax by design. The final report of the Mirrlees Review. Available online at: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5353
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Theoretical tools||Gruber (chapter 2) & TBA|
|2||Empirical tools||Gruber (chapter 3) & Wooldridge (chapters 1-6)|
|3||Policy evaluation||Cunningham (chapters 4-10) & TBA|
|4||Tax incidence: Part I||Gruber (chapter 19) & TBA|
|5||Tax incidence: Part II||Gruber (chapter 19) & TBA|
|6||Efficiency and optimal taxation||Gruber (chapter 20) & TBA|
|8||Income taxation and labour supply||Gruber (chapter 21) & TBA|
|9||Taxes on savings and consumption||Gruber (chapter 22 & 25) & TBA|
|10||Taxes on risk taking and wealth||Gruber (chapter 23) & TBA|
|11||Taxation of business income||Gruber (chapter 24) & TBA|
|12||Market failure and corrective taxation||Gruber (chapter 5 & 7) & TBA|
Only one tutorial.
|Assessment task||Value||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Group assignment||15 %||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Midterm examination||35 %||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final Examination||50 %||01/12/2022||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is a midterm and a final examination
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
A group assignment will require the application of material from lectures and tutorials in the first 4 weeks of the course.
Feedback will be provided before the teaching break.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Midterm examination will be held in Week 7 with the specific date to be confirmed by the ANU examination office.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination will be held during the examination period with the specific date to be confirmed by the ANU examination office.
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