ECON 7115 - Public Economics IV
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 7115 Course Public Economics IV Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge ECON 7032 or ECON 7121 Restrictions Available to MAppEc & MAdvEc students only Course Description This course deals with theoretical foundations of public economics with a focus on public goods. The topics covered may include efficiency in allocation of public goods, private and public provision of public goods, externalities, VCG mechanisms, congestion etc. Students will do presentations of public economics topics of their choice to get a broader view of the subject .
Course Coordinator: Professor Ralph-Christopher BayerProfessor Ralph Bayer
Nexus 10, Level 4. Room 4.19
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Tuesday: 09.00am to 11.00am Engineering & Math EM213 Engineering Seminar Room 2
Thursday: 16.00 to 18:00 Engineering Sth S112
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize and apply advanced tools and models used in the field of Public Economics.
- Modify, and suitably apply models used in public economics in their own research.
- Draw conclusions for good public policy from theoretical models and empirical tests.
- Formulate a perspective on how public policies are formulated and how they differ from the prescribed standards of normative public economics.
- Discuss and critique academic articles and policies using advanced tools from the discipline of public economics.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3.4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,3,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThe required textbook, if any, will be announced in MyUni and via email. Any academic articles to be covered will also be announced in MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesYou could buy the following recommended books or borrow them from the library.
• Public Economics, Gareth D.Myles, Cambridge University Press
• The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods and Club Goods, Richard Cornes and Todd Sandler, Cambridge University Press
• Lectures on Public Economics, Anthony Atkinson and Joseph E. Stiglitz, McGraw-Hill BookCo.
• Public Goods, Theories and Evidence. Batina and Ihori. Springer-Verlag (available as online text through Adelaide Uni library)
Online LearningThe course makes extensive use of MyUni to post notes, assignments and for communication with the students
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be delivered in the standard lecture-mode. Students are expected to actively participate in the lectures, which includes doing the requisite reading, answering questions and participating in the conversations. Some lectures will be offered in a tutorial model in which we will use the problem-solving approach to underscore the concepts covered in the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Typical weekly workload for the course is 12 hours per week, distributed as follows: 4 hours for the lectures/tutorials, 4 hours for requisite revisions/required readings, 4 hours for problem solving and critical thinking about research questions.
Learning Activities Summary
Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1,2 Seminars 1 - 4
Topic I: Optimal taxation and redistribution (weeks 1-4)
- equity efficiency trade-off
- optimal income taxation under differnt assumptions
- negative income tax (including uncoditional cash transfers)
Topic II: Externalities and govenment intervention (weeks 5-8)
- Public goods
- Club goods
- Behaviour in a Pandemic
Topic III: Topics in Behavioural and Experimental Public Finace (weeks 9-12)
- Private Public goods provision
- Tax evasion and enfocement
- Public choice (elections etc.)
Small Group Discovery ExperienceClassroom discussions, presentations
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Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length(Word,Time) Learning Outcomes 2 Individual Assignments 5,8 40% TBA 1,2,3 End-of-Semester Group Research Project (including a 30 min Zoom presentation) 12 30% TBA 4,5 Final Onlinw Exam exam period 30% TBA 1,2,3 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsThe assignments, unless specified as a group assignment, must be solved individually. You are free to consult external sources as long as you properly acknowledge them.
Assessment DetailClassroom participation will include newsroom presentations (discussing recent news related to the public economics topics covered in the course).
More details on assesment will be given in MyUni and during the lecture.
SubmissionThe due dates of assignments will be available in MyUni. If you need to extra time, you must seek prior permission, which may be granted at the discretion of the lecturer.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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