University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Aug 18, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2021-2022
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ECON 451 - Public Finance

(3 units)
Appraisal of the effects of government financial policies. Government expenditures, taxation, government borrowing and indebtedness and fiscal policy are considered.

Prerequisite(s): ECON 102 ; ECON 103 .

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Spring

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate understanding of the rationale behind government expenditure programs.
2. demonstrate understanding of some of the methodologies used in the evaluation of government activities.
3. apply public finance theory to analyze the efficiency and equity aspects of major tax instruments and tax reform.
4. demonstrate understanding of the structure and character of public finance systems in the U.S. and elsewhere.
5. describe some of the empirical research related to taxation and government expenditure.
6. analyze data related to government using basic statistical methods including regression analysis.
7. write policy essays related to public finance topics covered in class.

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