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PPG2002H: Integrating Seminar: Applied Economics

SECTION I: Summer 2016
International Development

Course Description

This course will explore international development from the perspective of practice. We examine central questions – why so many people are in deep poverty and what can be done about it – by considering the practical levers available to program leaders and policy makers. The course will therefore approach these large questions by iterating between two points of view: first, practical case studies, and second, conceptual frameworks and analytical readings. Students will participate in the interchange, as we progressively deepen our understanding of the core questions. We will interrogate a multi-disciplinary literature from the perspective of cumulative experience in development and immediate issues facing practitioners; we aim for a perspective that enables practitioners to adapt to and learn from the dynamic, uncertain environment in which they must work.

Term
Summer (2nd year)

Instructor
James Radner

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SECTION I: Fall
Public Finance

Course Description

In this course students will look at the fiscal policies of Canadian governments and at the design and consequences, intended and unintended, of several major spending programs and revenue-raising tools. The course will explore motivations of government action such as externalities, information failures, redistribution and macroeconomic management in Canadian economic policies, and how they manifest in such areas as healthcare financing, pension policy, and intergovernmental transfers. Key topics in the course are principal-agent problems affecting the achievement of these goals, and mitigating them through such tools as budgets and financial reports.

Term
Fall (2nd year)

Instructor
Bill Robson

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SECTION II: Spring
Current Issues/Problems in Public Policy and Practice II (Domestic)

Course Description

This course covers material on (I) Welfare Economics and Incidence and Efficiency Cost of Government Policies, (II) Taxation and Redistribution, (III) Social Insurance, (IV) Economics of Mandates. The emphasis will be on the theoretical and empirical evaluation of public policy. The course will be a project-oriented capstone course, designed to give students a background in the economic analysis of public policy, with a focus on empirical (evidence-based) analysis.

Term
Spring (2nd year)

Instructor
Kory Kroft

Notes
Pre-requisite for enrollment: Successful completion of PPG1001H, PPG1002H, PPG1003H, PPG1004H and PPG1007H
Required of all second year students.
Courses offered under the “Current Issues/Problems in Public Policy and Practice” seminar series are subject to change with each new academic year.