ECO336H5 • Public Economics II: Advanced Policy Analysis

Public Economics II builds on Public Economics I (although the latter is not a prerequisite). The course focuses on externalities and market failure, and the appropriate role of government in response. Students will study the actual role of government in a variety of settings, with a view to identifying ways of improving economic efficiency and the quality of the environment (among other desirable ends) through different types of policy reform. The course should appeal to students who would like to learn more about applied microeconomic analysis and/or who are interested in public policy issues. The course will provide students with a useful set of microeconomic tools for analyzing public policy questions. Students will also learn basic empirical methods, develop effective writing skills, and apply the techniques learned to examine a variety of interesting current policy issues.

(ECO200Y5 or ECO204Y5 or ECO206Y5) and [(ECO220Y5 or ECO227Y5) or (1.0 credit from STA256H5 or STA258H5 or STA260H5)]
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