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    Theory of Public Finance
    ECON A317
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    Theory of Public Finance
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Higher
    Length in Terms
    1 term
    Credits
    5
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    N/A
    Future Terms
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Higher 1 term 5
    English
    N/A

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yuka Chan, BA (Simon Fraser); MSc (CityU of HK)

    Course Developer: Dr. Fred Ku, Consultant

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are strongly advised to have already studied ECON A231 and ECON A232.

    Aims
    This course aims to provide students with the concepts and theories they will need to understand the essence of public finance. Students are expected to learn the implications of government policies with respect to externalities and the provision of public goods from the perspectives of efficiency and equity. The course also aims to provide students with a theorectical framework for taxation policy, and how taxes should be levied to enhance economic efficiency and to promote a fair distribution of income.

    Contents
    The course covers the following topics:

    • Analysis of externalities, public goods and political economy

    • Efficiency and equity of taxation

    • Government expenditure

    Learning support
    There will be six two-hour tutorials and a day school.

    Assessment
    There are two assignments and a final examination.

    Set book(s)
    Rosen, H S (2014) Public Finance, 10th edn, New York: McGraw-Hill.

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