ECON 4015 - Public Economics IV (H)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 4015 Course Public Economics IV (H) Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge ECON 3508 or ECON 4011 Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program 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 Gareth Myles
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize and apply advance tools and models used in the field of Public Economics.
- Modify, and suitably applymodels used in public economics in their own research.
- 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 policy papers based on academic articles in a group setting.
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 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
2 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
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 3,4
The first 6 weeks of the course will cover topics such as:
- Electoral Politics
- Interest Group Politics
- Legislative Politics
The topics to be covered in week 7-12 include:Topic 1: Public goods
1a. The Samuelson rule
1b. Private provision
1c. Lindahl equilibrium
1d. Mechanism design
Topic 2: Club goods and local public goods
2b. Local public goods
2c. Tiebout hypothesis
2d. Crowding types
Topic 3: Economics of climate policy
3a. Some science
3b. Intertemporal discounting
3c. Prices versus quantities
3d. Modelling issues
Small Group Discovery ExperienceClassroom discussions, presentations
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Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length(Word,Time) Learning Outcomes Assignments Biweekly 60% TBA 1,2 Article Presentation and Report TBA 20% TBA 3,4 Critical Review TBA 20% TBA 3,4 Total 100% Student Presentations (part II) Hurdle requirement Pass/fail 3,4
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:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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