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|Meet Day||M/W||10:10 AM - 11:30 AM||RG-20|
|Review||F||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM||124MA/160|
Explores the causes and consequences of differences among governments' alternative approaches to fundamental public policy issues. Takes a cross-country comparative approach to study topics including the role of the government in the economy, social insurance, welfare, retirement systems, health care, fiscal federalism, local public goods, tax efficiency, and tax reform. The course incorporates selected topics of particular importance in developing countries, such as informal insurance, credit constraints, health externalities, the role of NGOs, and tax compliance. Strong emphasis is placed on understanding empirical methods used in the economic analysis of public policy. Prerequisites: Microeconomics and statistics/econometrics at the level of API-109/110 or API-101Z/102Z and API-209/210 or API-201/202, or permission of the instructor.