Public Economics (Syllabus, Course Link)
Lectures held by Hitoshi Tsujiyama, Ph.D.

This course focuses on the role of the government in the economy. The aim is to provide an understanding of the reasons for government intervention in the economy, analyzing the benefits of possible government policies, and the response of economic agents to the government's actions. The course covers tax policy and inequality, social insurance programs and public goods. It also covers some issues regarding social preferences if time allows. Special emphasis is on current policy issues such as social security reform and income inequality. This is a Master level course for students of MMF, MIEEP or MSQE programs. Students with an interest in public finance, public policy and inequality are recommended to take this course. Enrollees should be comfortable with multivariate calculus and basic economic concepts.