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Public Finance - ECO00035M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

An introduction to some of the most important contributions of economics to the field of taxation. The intention is to give equal weight to the economic modelling process and the policy implications of the economics analysis.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module a student will be able to:

identify the major policy issues associated with taxation;

be familiar with all the major strands of economic research relevant to the topic;

learn how to read and understand mainstream research papers associated with the topic;

see how economic theory can be linked to policy decisions in the field of taxation.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Public Finance
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Public Finance
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Information currently unavailable

Indicative reading

The text for this module is:

Myles, G., Public Economics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

The following form the core references:

Atkinson, A.B., and Stiglitz, J.E., Lectures on Public Economics, 1980.

Auerback, A.J. and Feldstein, M., Handbook of Public Econmics, Amsterdam: North Holland, volumes 1 and 2, 1985, and volumes 3 and 4, 2002.

Guesnerie, R., A Contribution to the Pure Theory of Taxation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Jha, R., Modern Public Economics, London: Routledge, 1998.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.