Public Finance

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Finance

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the role and impact of government on the functioning of a market economy, specifically in the provision and funding of goods and services. Students will learn to apply microeconomic theory to concrete issues of social relevance. Reasons for government involvement in the market (distributional aims, provision of public goods and correction of externalities) will be discussed, as will the economic issues associated with taxation and the allocation of tax revenues. Students will attend weekly lectures, participate in class discussions and complete a self-directed project. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the economic reasoning for government involvement in a market economy.
    2. Evaluate policy responses aimed to address problems caused by market imperfections and issues of equity.
    3. Use intermediate level microeconomic models to predict the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on economic agents.
    4. Assess the practical problems associated with financing and provision of public services (eg. difficulty in finding an equitable, optimal tax system, finding optimal incentive systems for public service providers).
    5. Collate and synthesise information to evaluate government policies in practical situations.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.