Public Sector Economics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Sector Economics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 201 or (ECON 130, PUBL 203/209);

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The economic analysis of the role of the state, covering market failure and government failure and related policy instruments, with applications in the areas of taxation, social security and education.

    Course Learning Objectives
    C1: describe the important schools of thought within public economics and the economics of politics
    C2: explain and evaluate the current level, form and methods of government involvement in the New Zealand economy
    C3: discuss the theoretical reasons for that involvement, and the appropriate design of economic
    instruments to achieve the objectives of involvement
    C4: explain the influences of economic theories on the design of public policy and management reforms in New Zealand and overseas
    C5: discuss the extent to which there is a trade-off between equity and efficiency, and the degree of complementarities between efficiency and equity
    C6: use the concepts of efficiency and equity in the development of policies for the public sector
    C7: explain the strengths and weaknesses of schools of thought within public economics for analysing policies in the public sector
    C8: use economic techniques to analyse policies in the public sector

    Assignment 1 15%
    Assignemtn 2 15%
    Final Exam 70%

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