PPG2002H: Integrating Seminar: Applied Economics
SECTION I: Summer 2017
This course will look at the motivation and operation of major spending programs and revenue-raising tools of Canadian governments. It will explore rationales for government action such as externalities, information failures, redistribution and macroeconomic management, and the principal-agent problems that affect the design, financing and delivery of programs in areas such as healthcare, education, retirement income, and intergovernmental transfers. A key focus of the course is using financial statements and other reports to understand governments’ behaviour and mitigate principal-agent problems.
Summer (2nd year)
SECTION I: Fall
Topics in Demography
This course explores a variety of topics in applied economics as they relate to the field of economic demography and provides an overview of public policy. Topics discussed in the course will include, but are not limited to, the following: a) pension systems (for the poor, aged, disabled); b) the provision of health care; c) immigration policy and economic growth; d) marriage and divorce laws; and e) the effects of access to birth control and pre-natal care on women’s labor force participation and child outcomes.
Fall (2nd year)
SECTION I & II: Spring
Spring (2nd year)
M. Oschinski and J. Lamontagne
Pre-requisite for enrollment: Successful completion of 3.5 MPP1 FCEs
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.