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Economics of Policy Issues

The module outline is as follows:

  1. Introduction: Market Virtues and Role for Government
  2. Voting – Median Voter, Majority Voting, Political Competition, Voting on Redistribution
  3. Social Justice – Insurance, Moral Hazard and Social Justice without Government
  4. Entitlements – Attributes and Consequences, Old Age, Health Care
  5. Choice of Taxation – Optimal Taxation, Capital and Other Taxes and Fiscal Federalism

The main Department of Economics webpage for this course is available here.


Course Outline

Assessment Handout

Coursework Details

Lecture Notes 1

Lecture Notes 2

Tutorial 1

Lecture Notes 3

Tutorial 2

Lecture Notes 4

Case Study: The Irish Pension System

Case Study: US Health Care System

Lecture Notes 5