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New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner)

PADM-GP.2147: Corporate Finance and Public Policy

Description: This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance.

Course ObjectivesThe courses main objectives are for students to:

  1. Understand the tools used to make investment decisions.
  2. Know the basic issues involved in financing decisions.
  3. Learn how to value a business.
  4. See how investment and financing decisions are related.

The course will emphasize the limitations we face in applying the theoretical framework of corporate finance to real world problems and the challenges of policymaking in these areas.

Faculty: Nirupama Rao

Source: Syllabus downloaded from, 29 January 2014.


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject


Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the Syllabus suggest a number of the potential topics to be developed for the Atlas:

  • Investment Decisions - Net Present Value 
  • Investment Decisions - Rules for Making Investment Decisions
  • Investment Decisions - Real Options
  • Investment Decisions - Cash Flow Analysis
  • Investment Decisions - Cost of Capital
  • Financing - Capital Structure
  • Valuation using Discounted Cash Flow
  • Valuation - Payout Policy and Governance

Page created by: Ian Clark on 29 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.



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