University of Technology Sydney

23997 Field Study in Public Economics

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UTS: Business: Economics
Credit points: 0 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Pass fail, no marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Public economics studies the role of government in the economy. This subject covers topics in public economics, with emphasis on combining theoretical models with empirical evidence.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Understand the role of the government
2. Knowledgeably apply the theory of public economics to current policy debates
3. Critically read and analyse contemporary public policy research

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Develop comprehensive knowledge in a field of study.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and presentation. Students will read from texts and articles appropriate to the selection of topics.

Content (topics)

  • Taxation
  • Social Insurance
  • Public Goods and Externalities
  • Inequality
  • Public Choice

Minimum requirements

This is a Pass / Fail subject

Required texts

There is no required textbook for this subject. Lecture slides will be uploaded on Canvas before the class meets. Also see the supplementary subject outline.