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Fall 2017
May 26, 2018
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IECO 220 - Economics of the Public Sector
The goal of this course is to discuss the role of the government in the economy. The course addresses questions such as: When should the government intervene in the economy? What are the instruments of government intervention? What is the effect of those interventions on economic outcomes? Why does government choose to intervene in the way it does? Using basic microeconomic principles, and drawing examples from developed and developing countries, the course provides students with the tools to understand the need for-- as well as the limitations of-- the public sector in the economy. At the end of the course, students will be able to critically discuss a range of key policy issues, using rigorous analytical tools. The skills acquired in this course will prove particularly useful to professionals working in government or international organizations in understanding the trade-offs implicit in different policy decisions and in formulating policy alternatives. This course is accessible for students of all majors who have taken Microeconomic Principles

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Economics Department

ECON 001 or ECON 003

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