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Public Economics and Finance

Professor Nirupama Rao



Professor Nirupama Rao

  • Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
  • PhD (2010) Economics, MIT
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About the Course

Public finance (also known as public economics) analyzes the impact of public policy on the allocation of resources and the distribution of income in the economy. In this course, you will learn how to use the tools of microeconomics and empirical analysis to analyze the economic effects of public expenditures and taxation.

This course requires a working knowledge of certain prerequisite courses, namely Statistics, Microeconomics, and Financial Management.

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Course Reading

  • Jonathan Gruber, Public Finance and Public Policy, 3rd edition, Worth Publishers, 2010. (Note that chapters 5-7 of this textbook review material from the micro core; students may wish to skim these chapters before the course begins.)

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