- Code IDEC8025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Areas of interest Finance, Economic Policy
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Mathias Sinning
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
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.
- Group assignment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Mid-term exam (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final exam (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
A textbook is not required but two textbooks are recommended for the course:
Gruber, J. (2019): Public Finance and Public Policy, Worth Publishers, 6th Edition.
Wooldridge, J. M. (2019): Introductory Econometrics — A Modern Approach, 7th Edition.
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