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ECC5810 - Public economics

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Dr Birendra Rai


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Topics in the theory of public goods including optimum conditions analysis; market failure and problems of political decision-making in relation to the supply of pure and impure public goods; separation of equity and efficiency aspects; possible applications to such issues as income redistribution, merit wants, pollution control and multi-level government.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • be familiar with the welfare framework, economic concepts and theoretical economic analysis of public goods at an advanced level
  • be familiar with advanced economic analysis of political decision-making in the public choice literature
  • have a sophisticated understanding of the implications of public goods analysis for government policy in major areas of public expenditure
  • have a sophisticated appreciation of the limitations and deficiencies of theoretical and empirical economic analysis in this general area.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in course code 3194 to undertake this unit

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