Ec 2450B: Public Economics and Fiscal Policy II






The course will focus on a range of topics in public economics including welfare estimation of tax and expenditure policies, including income and commodity taxation, public goods, education, and place-based policies. We will also discuss foundations for government intervention, including market failures such as externalities and asymmetric information. Throughout, the focus will be on using theoretical models to motivate empirical analyses to uncover the desirability of government intervention in the economy and to quantify the welfare impacts of such policies.

The course builds on the lessons of 2450A and in particular relates the empirical findings to the thoeretical results in optimal tax theory.

Spring 2020 Syllabus0 bytes
Topic 1: Empirical Welfare Analysis2.66 MB
Topic 2: Redistributive Concerns2.1 MB
Topic 3: Commodity Taxes and Public Goods with Redistributive Concerns1.09 MB
Topic 4: Education5.54 MB
Topic 5: Child and Family Policies14.88 MB
Topic 6: Place-Based Policy16.83 MB
Topic 7: Adverse Selection and Insurance Market Failures3.89 MB
Topic 8: Optimal Social Insurance - UI6.37 MB
Topic 9: Welfare Analysis of Health Insurance7.69 MB
Topic 10: Welfare Analysis of Public Health Insurance4.68 MB
Topic 11: Disability Insurance2.07 MB
Topic 12: Behavioral Biases3.65 MB
Race, Kids, and Discrimination4.19 MB
Tags, Place, and Intergenerational Mobility6.14 MB
Spring 2020 Reading List212 KB