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University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance

PPG 2002: Public Finance

Description: This course covers material on (I) Welfare Economics and Incidence and Efficiency Cost of Government Policies,(II) Taxation and Redistribution, (III) Social Insurance, (IV) Economics of Mandates. The emphasis will be on the theoretical and empirical evaluation of public policy. The course will be a project-oriented capstone course,designed to give students a background in the economic analysis of public policy, with a focus on empirical (evidence-based) analysis.  

Faculty: Kory Croft (Winter 2014)

Source: Course syllabus at (accessed 6 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide an excellent source of teaching topics to be created for the Atlas:

  • Traditional welfare economics
  • Behavioural welfare economics
  • Incidence and efficiency cost of government policies
  • Price ceilings and price floors
  • Optimal taxation
  • Design of optimal transfer programs
  • Labor supply responses to taxation and transfer programs
  • Responses of taxable income to tax rates
  • Responses of taxable income to in-kind transfers
  • Social insurance
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Mandated benefits

Page created by: Ian Clark, 6 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



PPG2002H Syllabus - Winter 2013_Kroft(1).pdfPPG2002H Syllabus - Winter 2013_Kroft(1)

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